The Many Benefits of Cupping Therapy
The sight of cupping therapy might not be pretty, but the benefits sure can be.
As Kelly Mayville, holistic practitioner and owner of Uniquely Pure explains, “The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system. Cupping is used to relieve a variety of health conditions including back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism, and even cellulite.”
It achieves relief through the removal of toxins from the body and the stimulation of fresh blood flow, lymph, and Qi to the affected area and throughout the body. It pulls the blood to the designated region to stimulate healing, stretching the tight fascia and muscles. It also has anti-inflammatory effects and boosts the immune system, which assists with flu, colds, coughs, fevers, back and muscle pain, poor circulation, anxiety, red itchy skin, allergies, aches and a myriad of other pains.
I had cupping performed by Kelly just last month for my excruciatingly tight back muscles, which you can see the result of in this picture.
You may think that the red marks are bruising, however Kelly explains that they are actually the result of the release of stagnant blood in the area. These marks can last from a few days up to a couple of weeks, and increased cupping treatments will result in less and less severe markings as the stagnation resolves. According to Kelly this indicates that the cupping treatment protocol has been successful.
In my experience so far, cupping is uncomfortable and a bit painful initially (depending on the amount of suction applied), but as your muscles begin to adjust you feel your body release tension and relax into the massage bed.
During a massage session with a client, Kelly chose to perform a cupping treatment because the client’s IT band was very tight, causing ligament strain, along with some arthritic inflammation. Her client experienced a huge shift and left without a limp.
To summarize, cupping therapy may be beneficial for you if you experience any of the following:
Tight, sore or stiff muscles
Frequent colds or flus
Headaches or migraines
Kelly’s study into essential oils and their effects on the emotional and physical responses lead to the development of her business, Uniquely Pure, and its line of Medicinal Aromatherapy products. Operating out of her home in Belwood, Ontario and driven by her passion to fulfill the need for more holistic healing methods, Kelly is constantly creating new recipes with you in mind. Kelly also has more than 12 years of experience in Kundalini and Yin Yoga and Meditation, as well as 25 years of holistic massage treatment experience and is passionate about living a ceremonial life.
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