You might think the ancient practice of cupping massage looks a bit strange and wonder how it would feel – but it’s one of the most useful tools you can use to heal your body and open your flow of energy. It’s part of traditional Chinese medicine, but has also been practiced in most ancient civilizations and was even recommended by Hippocrates, the Father of Modern Medicine. If you haven’t tried cupping before, here’s what you need to know.
How Cupping Works
Cupping massage works by using glass jars to create a partial vacuum on the skin either using heat or suction. The suction helps to create localized congestion and to open and facilitate the flow of energy along your body’s meridians. This flow relieves the issues created by stagnation.
Deep cupping can also help your body release toxins, clear colon blockages, and activate your lymphatic system. Your veins, arteries, and capillaries will also be cleared, and you’ll likely see an improvement in your skin as well. Athletes especially like the effects of cupping sessions because they relieve stiffness and can also help heal muscle strains and injuries.
What Does Cupping Feel Like?
Most clients say that while there’s a sensation of tightness where the cups are applied, overall, the sensation is one of soothing relaxation. Depending on your particular needs, we may move the cups around on your body or leave them in one place during the treatment. Each session, you may have a different experience because your body may have different needs each time.
You might experience a change in skin color where the cups are applied, especially if your body has energetic blocks that are treated. This discoloration can be purple, red, or blue, and can last a few days or even a couple of weeks – but it typically does not hurt at all.
What Can Cupping Do for You?
There are many benefits you’ll enjoy from cupping massage, including:
- Removal of toxins from your body
- Improved blood circulation
- Stimulated lymph nodes and Qi
- Relief from flu and colds
- Reduction in anxiety
- Help with allergies and asthma
Having a cupping massage session feels a lot like getting a deep tissue massage. It is completely safe and can be used on the neck, shoulders, back, sacral area, hips, abdomen, thighs, upper arms, calves, and even the forehead and soles of the feet, depending on the condition. Most clients describe the whole experience as being relaxing and warm.
Cupping is not recommended if you bleed easily, have ulcers on your skin, have a high fever, or are suffering from edema. Pregnant women should not have cupping done on their abdomens or backs.
Drinking plenty of water before and after your cupping massage appointment is vital because it will help you flush the toxins from your system. After your session, you’ll also want to avoid heavy exercise, hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms, or hot baths. You’ll also want your next meal or two to be light. This will help you get the greatest benefits from your session.
If you have marks from your cupping session, it’s perfectly normal and harmless. It’s all part of using suction to draw up the stagnant blood and other fluids in your body and help to restore healthy circulation. With regular cupping treatment, the marks will be less noticeable and fade even more quickly.
Who Does Cupping in Portland, Oregon?
If cupping massage sounds intriguing and relaxing to you, the best way to find out how it can help you is to schedule an appointment with Aiden Seraphim at the Heart Center in Portland.
You probably have questions about cupping, and we’ll be delighted to answer them for you and to guide you through your treatments. This modality has been around for centuries, and you’re about to find out why it’s remained so popular.
Give us a call at 978-701-5125 today to ask questions or to schedule your cupping massage appointment.