I have been working, playing, and healing with cupping therapy for five years now, and it is awesome. Being very pitta in nature, and always having a lot of excess heat, this modality has been a lifesaver! If you can get passed looking like a mermaid who battled a giant octopus, this therapy really does feel amazing.
Cupping is an ancient technique for removing the “bad winds” of the body, meaning any blocked or stagnant energy in the channels of the being itself. This therapy dates back 3500 years to Egypt and China, and is valued as part of one’s daily wellness routine in most family homes across Eastern Asia.
If you suffer from chronic pain, tight or knotted muscles, and any excess heat or dampness, this is an amazing modality that works for most everything. The cups can be made of glass or silicon. They are applied to the body using oil and heat or manually suctioned on the skin. Once you get them on, waves of bliss and tranquility ripple through your body, all the while you yucky energy is literally getting sucked out of you.
Cups bring a lot of fresh blood to where they are placed on the body; flushing out the spine, massaging deep into the fascia, and pulling up deep-rooted toxins and stagnation; these are just some of the awesome ways they can heal the body. Whether you are healing from a sinus cold or coming for some delicious trigger point therapy, cupping is a really potent way to get your energy balanced, and move some fresh chi around the body.
A cupping treatment can leave you feeling soft and in a meditative state. Be sure to drink plenty of water and stay out of direct sunlight for the next 24 hours. This helps the skin to process any left over toxins, and flush what remains out in its own time. The polka dots usually last from three to seven days, and you can always tell where you are releasing the most – just look for the darkest spots!
Whether you are looking to balance out some emotions or hormones, give your organs a nice juicy cleanse, or finally get “that knot” out of your back, give cupping a try! It literally sucks, but in the best way ever!
These polka dots are courtesy of the lovely Annie Gordon in Platanillo, Costa Rica!