Dry Cupping therapy is ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. It has been popular in Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures going back thousands of years, but increasing numbers of people worldwide have been adopting it. In fact, it has become extremely popular with celebrities and Olympic athletes as well as many famous people around the world.
Dry cupping is used for the treatment of common cold, relaxing the body from tension, and waking up the energy by using a modifying technique.
What is cupping supposed to do?
According to its advocates, cupping is supposed to promote healing and has been used extensively for sore muscles. It helps soften muscle tissue by targeting muscle groups that are prone to tightness such as the hamstrings, the adductors and the back and shoulder. In addition, cupping helps relieve muscle knots which results in looser feeling, more flexible muscles, less pain, reduction of inflammation, more blood flow, relaxation and wellbeing in general. It is also thought to draw blood to the affected area, reducing soreness and speeding healing of overworked muscles which can include increased lymphatic flow, soft tissue release, loosening of connective tissue and increased circulation.
Cupping can also help with:
- back and neck pain
- skin diseases such as acne and hives
- lowering cholesterol
- knee arthritis
- improving immune function.
SOME AFTER CUPPING SUGGESTIONS
- Drink plenty of water.
- Avoid Alcohol and caffeine.
- No exercise until the following day.
- Avoid extremely hot, cold, windy environments for a few hours after your session.
- Avoid shaving, exfoliating, baths, showers, steam or sauna until the next day, if you must bathe use lukewarm water.
- Wait at least 48 hours before receiving any bodywork or acupuncture.