We’ve all seen it. You’re watching the Olympics and the swimmers all come out. They have these strange purple spots all over them. What the heck happened?! It’s called cupping and it's a favorite among athletes, yogi's and desk jockeys alike.
What does cupping do?
Cupping uses a negative pressure system to increase blood flow to “stuck” muscles. This blood flow is believed to help promote healing and reduce pain. It can also assist in breaking up adhesions and "knots". Cupping helps to free up stagnant blood and toxins, leaving you feeling healthier and more relaxed.
Originating in China and Egypt, cupping was initially used to treat diseases of the lung (i.e. bronchitis). Now, it’s used mostly for those suffering with chronic pain.
There are two types of cupping.
Dynamic cupping is done when the therapist slowly slides the cups across connective tissues. This can give you a deep myofascial release like no other!
Static cupping is done with higher pressure, keeping the cups in place. This gives an intense rush of circulation to problem areas.
Side effects of cupping.
It’s safe to say that we all know the major side effect- large purple spots on your back (bruising). These are not harmful to you and usually disappear within 7-10 days. Maybe just don’t get cupping done right before your beach vacation.
Another possible side effect of cupping is skin irritation. If you are known to have sensitive skin, talk with your massage therapist before the procedure for recommendations.
Want to give cupping a try?
The Spa at Trilogy offers cupping as part of your massage. Schedule an appointment today!