Cupping Therapy – A Beginner’s Guide

Cupping is a popular healing and self-care technique that is growing in popularity. The therapy originated in ancient China as a way of healing. Cupping might seem daunting at first, but the process can help alleviate pain. Here are a few things you need to know if you’re new to cupping.

What is This, Exactly?

The experience starts with you lying down on your stomach. For dry cupping, a therapist places hot cups on the skin to create suction.  Frequently, glass cups are used. These are open on one end and are rounded on the other, like circular-shaped light bulbs.  The cups are heated after sterilization. The heating process can occur by placing hot herbs or paper in the cup, along with a strong heat source.  After the cups are removed, the skin appears discolored from the heat and suction. The discoloration is due to bruising and increased blood flow.

Cupping Practices Can Vary

Dry cupping is a suction-only method. The “wet” version still uses cups and has the suction action, but also includes controlled bleeding. With this method, practitioners use a small needle to draw a small amount of blood.  

In general, cupping is a safe practice. The key is to make sure you hire an experienced professional working with you in a clean, sterile environment. Many massage therapy businesses will offer cupping services in addition to basic massage.  Cupping not only helps alleviate physical symptoms; the process also impacts your chi or balance. It helps to warm your chi, restoring balance to your body.

Benefits and Symptoms

The hot suction of cup placement causes your blood vessels to swell. The swelling is thought to increase blood flow to areas just beneath the cup placement. Ultimately, this is the mechanism thought to bring pain relief.  Additionally, toxin removal increases, and this can potentially reduce toxin concentrations in your body.  Some research studies indicate that regularly investing in these practices can relieve back and neck pain.  Others believe the process can alleviate some breathing issues, such as congestion or asthma.

Try a Cupping Session at Sean’s Massage Center

If you want to try cupping, then check out Sean’s Massage Center.  Cupping might seem overwhelming at first, but there’s a reason the practice is gaining popularity. If this isn’t for you, don’t forget about the other types of massages. We provide professional services for all your relaxation and pain-relief needs. You can also purchase a membership at any Sean’s Massage Center location, which can save you money in the long run.