History of Cupping:
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a certain amount of time to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, stretching, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.
Cupping therapy might be trendy now (thank you, Phelpsy for flashing your cup marks at Rio 2016!), but it’s not new. It dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures (first recorded in 400BC).
The main two professions (in Australia) that actively use cups as part of their treatment are in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Remedial/Sports Massage or Myotherapy.
Obviously, the technique with the plastic suction cups has derived from TCM. The techniques and possibilities have evolved with time and knowledge, and we now have two quite different modalities.
The cups used by a TCM practitioner would usually be the traditional glass cups – and they would use fire (heat) to create the suction required. Whereas a Remedial or Myotherapist would usually use the plastic cups that are applied with a suction gun.
There is a rather large difference between the two techniques; being that TCM focuses on healing the body through the use of the Meridians (a map of the body in which all tissues, energy, emotions and organs are related and need to be treated as one). A Remedial or Myotherapist is focusing on the individual muscles and fascia (connective tissue) – their specific actions, texture and flexibility. Both techniques are beneficial to the body, and we suggest you ‘do what works for you.’
What are the bruises?
The bruises, or more correctly ‘cupping marks’, look pretty out-there (some can definitely be worse than others), but they are a vital part of the therapy. Ancient Chinese Medicine believes that the darker the ‘cup-mark’ the more toxins and chemical imbalances are present, and need to be dealt with by the body. Those that have tried it will tell you that the marks are worth it! We have found in our own clinic that the darker the mark, the tighter the muscle.
It becomes addictive – once you feel the awesome benefits of Cupping, you will ask your therapist for them every time. We have integrated them as a part our Remedial & Sports Massage treatments and have never looked back!
When would we use cupping on a client?
We use myofascial cupping techniques for many different reasons. We use it as an added technique to Remedial or Sports Massage. A common misconception is that it hurts a lot; this is obviously subjective, but we have found clients are underwhelmed but the feeling when they are applied – expecting it to really hurt them.
We would decide to use cupping after assessing your constitution, muscle tone, skin health, overall health and some other deciding factors.
We would ask to apply the cups if we were feeling overall tension in the client, lack of circulation to the muscles, tender spots, tight fascia, toxicity in the body etc. Cupping is also really great for overuse injuries, poor posture, back & shoulder pain, scoliosis, headache & migraine treatment, and so, so much more!!!!
Both Grace & Kain are qualified in Myofascial Cupping Therapy, so make sure you book in soon for your amazing treatment.