Have you seen the craze going on during the 2016 Summer Olympics? It’s cupping!
Almost every Olympic swimmer you see on TV has the cupping marks on their bodies and many other Olympic athletes do as well.
You don’t have to be an Olympian to enjoy the benefits of cupping. This therapy, rooted in Chinese medicine but practiced in cultures all over the world, helps to eliminate toxins, relieve congestion, improve circulation and relieve muscle tension. And when you’re pushing your body’s limits with intense workouts, cupping can speed your recovery time.
Glass cups are suctioned to the skin using heat to create a vacuum. The cups can be left stationary or slid along pre-oiled skin, depending on the ailment. While cups can be applied to just about any area of the body, the most common areas are the back, neck, shoulders and thighs. Cupping is generally painless and can be as effective as massage for muscle problems.
Cupping pulls blood to a region to stimulate healing. It is effective at stretching tight fascia and muscles and breaking up adhesions between the tissues. As new blood is forced into the tissues around the cups, the body will begin to develop new blood vessels called neovascularization. These new vessels can feed the tissues with nutrients and oxygen, leading to lasting pain relief.
While the tissues get saturated with fresh blood, the vacuum pulls stagnant blood out of the area. Where there is dead, static blood, lymph, cellular debris, pathogenic factors and toxins present in the body, cupping can leave marks (see Michael Phelps above) which indicates that the stagnation has been moved from the deeper tissue layers to the surface. These marks tend to fade in 2-5 days. The more cupping you receive the less the bruising happens.
Our massage therapists and acupuncturists can perform cupping during your session when appropriate. We also offer cupping as a stand alone therapy for $50. Be sure to mention if you’d like cupping therapy at the time of booking.
Call us at 773-276-2801 or click here to make your appointment for cupping.
Check out this Chicago Tribune article about cupping in which we were quoted.