Why is cupping attracting Olympic athletes like Michael Phelps and celebrities such
as Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow?
Chances are you have not heard about cupping until 2016 Summer Olympic games, when swimmer Michael Phelps showed up with bruise-like marks on his shoulders and back. It helped him as a recovery method during the competition by drawing blood to the surface of the skin. This is because cupping relieves muscle soreness, increases circulation and reduces tightness.
Back in 2004, we saw Gwyneth Paltrow showing off the dark circles on her skin on the red carpet. One of the reasons she uses cupping is to alleviate back tightness and pain. Some other celebrities that have joined the “cupping fan club” include Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Simpson and Justin Bieber.
If you are experiencing pain, muscle tightness or even breathing difficulties, cupping is now available at Better Living Wellness Clinic and Health Store in Toronto (Etobicoke).
Cupping therapy is a form of alternative medicine that uses glass or plastic cups to create a suction on the body part that is being treated. By creating a suction and negative pressure, cupping softens tight muscles, reduces inflammation, increases blood flow and hydration, and drains excess fluids and toxins. Lighter suction with long strokes can be used for lymphatic drainage, whereas stronger suction in stationary positions helps with deep tissue release and breaking of cellulite. Cups have been used extensively for asthma, phlegm and easing of labored breathing when applied to the chest and upper/middle back.
Cupping dates back to 1550 BC where the Chinese used animal horns to create a vacuum to draw out toxins and stimulate Chi, and the Egyptians used it for pain, fever and lung conditions.
Cupping can leave slight discoloration lasting for a few hours to a few days depending on the level of stagnation and toxicity in the treated area. If there is no stagnation, there will be slight pink markings lasting for a few moments. A bright red to dark purple mark would indicate the release of intense stagnation of body fluid and toxins in the affected area. Please do not hesitate to call Camilla Singh RMT directly (416 301-8085) with regards to the benefits of cupping therapy either combined with your next massage appointment, or as a treatment by itself.
All existing massage promotions apply to cupping therapy as well, such as receive a complementary massage session after 5 sessions.