Four Reasons Why You Should Try Cupping
Incorporating many different techniques into each massage based on the clients' needs and concerns is the most crucial factor in massage therapy. For example, using hot stones on almost every client is common because it provides an almost instantaneous muscle relief and overall relaxation. Another technique utilized often is an old Chinese technique called Cupping, which uses small suction cups as a highly efficacious therapeutic device. Claudia Ellenberger, a practicing licensed massage therapist for over fifteen years, explains what cupping is and her experience using this technique with clients.
What is Cupping?
Cupping uses glass or silicon “cups” that are placed on the skin with a mild suction which gently pulls the skin up into the cup. First, the area is oiled with choice of preferred oils, in this case, oils from DoTerra. Then, the cups are placed and left on the skin usually for about 8-10 minutes while the massage is continued elsewhere.
What does cupping do?
1. Relieves Pain:
Cupping targets soft tissue by applying local pressure to pain points and areas of swelling. As blood flow increases within vessels and capillaries, tissues receive much-needed nutrients and oxygen. By bringing more blood flow to tense muscles and areas of stiffness often associated with chronic back and neck pains, migraines, rheumatism, and fatigue, cupping helps to relieve pain by opening up the blood flow and allowing muscles to loosen and heal.
Most commonly placing cups over the fleshy part of the shoulder blades, by the neck, or around the lower back. Then moving the cups slowly along the tight areas of the body to create friction which will instantly bring the blood up to the surface for faster pain relief.
2. Promotes Relaxation:
It might seem counteractive, but cupping often helps alleviate physical complaints and allows people to enter a more relaxed state since it works in a systemic manner to calm the central nervous system. This is similar to acupuncture, which many would assume hurts and is uncomfortable, but in reality, helps lower most patients’ stress responses. Cupping is so relaxing, in fact, that many times clients fall asleep during a cupping session—they wake up with a profound and deep feeling that is calming and restorative, and often very intense.
3. Supports the Immune System:
Cupping supports and improves immune function by moving blood and lymphatic fluid throughout the body, which is why it’s been associated with reductions in lung diseases, chronic coughs, allergies, infections, asthma, and even the common cold- which Michigan has plenty of experience with! During the session, clients often enjoy the relief of annoying symptoms. Their sinuses open up, breathing is easier and deeper, and overall clients feel much better than when they came in. That’s the most rewarding part of the job and reasoning for becoming a massage therapist in the first place!
4. Improves skin:
Because cupping promotes blood flow to the affected area, it can help with inflammation, reduce cellulite, stretch marks, and in general, help to tighten the skin. When the cups are used for healthier skin, essential oils from DoTerra are always used in combination. These oils are renowned for their healing power and act in conjunction with the improved blood flow which brings much-needed nutrients to the skin. Also, when applying the cups, the friction created heats up the skin which promotes the renewal of skin cells, which in turn results in healthier skin.
There are so many more benefits, but too many to list in this short blog! To summarize, cupping can help improve your overall wellbeing. If you haven’t experienced cupping yet, make sure to book a session up with me. Cupping is safe, effective, and clients love the results as much as a massage therapist loves helping them to feel better.