Michael Phelps Does Cupping, Should You?
In a typical cupping session, glass cups are warmed using a cotton ball which is soaked in alcohol, lit, then temporarily placed inside the cup to remove the oxygen, which creates a vacuum.The cup is turned upside-down and placed over a specific area. The vacuum created by the lack of oxygen anchors the cup to the skin and pulls it upward on the inside of the glass as the air inside the jar cools. Drawing up the skin is believed to open up the skin’s pores, which helps to stimulate the flow of blood, balances and realigns the flow of qi, breaks up obstructions, and creates an avenue for toxins to be drawn out of the body. The cups may be left in place for 5-10 minutes, or may be moved around with a technique called “sliding cupping”.
Is it safe?
While cupping is considered relatively safe it can cause some swelling and may result in small, circular bruises on the areas where the cups were applied. These bruises are usually painless, however, and disappear within a few days to a week of treatment.
Can I get cupping without acupuncture?
Specifically for those who may be nervous about acupuncture I offer a 60 minute Chinese Medical Cupping and Tui-Na Combination Therapy for $120. This therapy combines two of the most therapeutic non-acupuncture tools of the Chinese Medicine system for relieve muscle soreness and increasing flexibility.
In this treatment, cupping therapy is then followed with Tui-Na. This hands on treatment involves manipulation of myofascial tissue, incorporates acupressure, and helps to re-align muscles, tendons and ligaments. This strongly encourages a harmonious flow of qi through the muscles and meridians. This combined therapy loosens up tight, sore muscles, increases joint flexibility and will leave you feeling relaxed and invigorated. You can call our office or schedule this therapy online by clicking here: