If you remember the movie, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” you’ll remember that Toula’s dad touted Windex as the answer to everything. I feel the same way about cupping! While I use them on a daily basis, I am constantly amazed at how well they work. Many clients, who believed their only options were surgery or pain meds, have found relief from chronic pain they had endured for years.
How does cupping work? Typically, when a massage therapist finds a knot, they use a thumb or an elbow to apply pressure. Instead of an elbow, I apply a cup! This uses negative pressure or suction, which lifts and separates the layers of tissue, allowing for better circulation and expedited healing. If there is a knot that is particularly deep, the cups can work up to 4 inches into the tissue, all depending on the adjustment of the suction. In addition to improved circulation, the cups also stimulate the lymphatic system, which helps to remove inflammation and toxins while boosting your immunity. Finally, the process of cupping helps to activate the parasympathetic nervous system, allowing for deep relaxation throughout the body.
These are just a few of the many benefits of cupping. There are so many benefits, uses, techniques that we could easily fill numerous volumes of books. I hope you’ll check back for more detailed posts about cupping and the various ways you may use them to improve your wellbeing.