If you have watched last year’s Rio Olympics, you might remember that athletes were spotted—literally—with red to purple bruises. They are not from any particular sport, but are the signature marks left by Cupping Therapy. The media were quick to report on this during the games and although it took the spotlight only recently, the practice dates back to 16th century BC. It has been used in Traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years and is believed to alleviate stagnation and regulate the flow of ‘qi’, or life force, and blood.
How does it work?
Cupping therapy is a treatment that involves the use of specially-designed cups (can be glass, bamboo, earthenware or silicone) placed on the skin for a few minutes to create suction.
A flammable substance, such as alcohol, is placed in a cup and ignited. As the fire goes out, the cup is placed mouth side down on the skin. As the air inside the cup cools, it creates a vacuum (a suction), causing the the blood vessels directly below it to dilate.
What are the benefits of Cupping Therapy?
Cupping Therapy relieves neck and back pains, muscle stiffness, migraine, fatigue, anxiety and many other ailments. It is also known to clear congestion from colds or help with asthma, plus other respiratory conditions.
It is considered a very deep massage, thus encouraging the release of toxins.
How does Cupping Therapy work for detoxification?
The suction created by the cupping procedure draws up stagnant blood to the surface, restoring circulation and making way for nutrients and oxygen. Cupping loosens the muscles and encourages blood flow. Most people would benefit from cupping detox, and it is helpful for those who are suffering from chronic dull aches and pain, indigestion, constipation; people who have labour-intenstive work, or suffer from continued mental stress.
What should one expect on their first Cupping Therapy session?
Make sure not to come with an empty stomach. Be aware that there might be circle marks on the treated area/s. Similar to getting a massage session, you should be open to the therapist. Do let know them know whether the pressure is comfortable or not.
At Limina Wellness Lounge, each session would usually take 30 to 45 minutes on its own, and up to an hour if it is done with acupuncture. For detoxification, dietary supplements may be suggested as part of the treatment to get the best results.