Today was an interesting one, following all the hype generated by the Olympians and their interesting markings, I had an interview with Katrina Tweedie where I explained dry cupping and also gave a demo LIVE!!
Didn’t know that was coming but there will forever be a wee video of me on Facebook doing my stuff.
Cupping is a part of Traditional Chinese medicine. It is wonderfully useful at breaking up tension, stopping a muscle spasm and alleviating fatigued muscles. It is also traditional used to treat infections, and has for example been shown to have a positive impact on the herpes virus, among others.
It is a bizarrely relaxing treatment on the whole: once the cups are on you feel almost like a tightness or pressure as your tissues are pulled into the cup. After a few moments generally you forget they are there, but once released (after a maximum of 10 minutes static) you feel lighter and freer. It can even be used cosmetically to help clear the complexion and reduce puffiness.
The first is static – so cups are left in place, over acupuncture points or muscular areas of concern.
The second: moving cupping whereby the cups are placed with suction and moved around a problem area: fantastic for tension, and general over worked muscles
The third: flashing cupping, this technique involves quick repeated application of the cups over an area that generally won’t hold static: I have used for plantar fasciitis, TMJ disorders and Bell’s palsy.
It’s a wonderful additional therapy and a great massage tool.
I plan to run some training in it in the not too distant future 😄