I don’t talk about this often, but 1 of the side effects of having my thyroid and over 30 lymph nodes removed due to cancer, is an overburdened lymphatic system.
Like sluggish and painful.
I do all the dry brushing, legs up the wall poses and lymphatic massage techniques I can...but most nights I’m still left in a lot of pain. Chronic pain is no joke.
One of the benefits of pain is it drives you to seek answers. This week I finally tried cupping after years of curiosity and research.
Cupping is an ancient form of alternative medicine where the practitioner puts glass cups on your skin and uses heat to create a suction.
Cupping can be practised in combination with acupuncture or alone and helps to combat pain, inflammation, poor circulation, decrease anxiety and support relaxation, and as a type of deep-tissue massage. It’s actually the opposite of massage as the tissues are drawn upwards increasing blood and lymph flow, promoting healing and recovery. 👌🏼
Why use cupping?
1. It’s non-invasive. Cupping is a gentle treatment that is relatively harm-free. It’s a great alternative for people who would benefit from acupuncture treatment but don’t like needles! It does hurt a little but I think it's just because we are not used to the sensation. After a few minutes, I felt fine.
2. So relaxing! Cupping is warming to the body. It feels like a deep tissue massage, and the effects are similar too. I was so calm and relaex when I left the office.
3. It stands the test of time. Although this treatment is trendy right now, its use in Chinese Medicine dates back to 281 A.D. Ancient Egyptians even used it as far back as 1550 B.C!
4. Cupping can treat a wide variety of conditions. Some of these include muscle tension (especially in the back, shoulders, and legs), migraines, allergies, acne, eczema, high blood pressure, menstrual pain, indigestion, diarrhea, asthma, arthritis, fibromyalgia, fertility, and varicose veins.
5. It can benefit your mental health. This treatment not only works on your body, but your mind too. It can help to bring up trapped emotions and helps with anxiety and depression.
6. It’s easy. The treatment is usually only 15-30 minutes long, so it isn’t too hard to fit into your schedule compared to some of the other natural helaing treatments out there.
7. Cupping works quickly! Like a massage, you can feel some of the benefits of cupping during treatment and they last for days.
8. There are minimal side effects. Since cupping is such a gentle therapy, there are essentially no side effects apart from the bruising and perhaps some mild discomfort.
9. All natural. This is probably why Olympic athletes like cupping so much. You don’t have to worry about any ingredients or interactions with other medications, since it’s just a cup on top of the skin!
10. There’s research to back it up. In 2015, the Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine stated that cupping therapy can help with acne, shingles, and pain management. It’s always nice to see modern science supporting traditional medicine!
The markings are not bruises. They are the result of having internal unwanted toxins pulled up to the skin. When a condition exists within a deeper muscle layer and is dredged up during treatment, discolouration will appear on the skin.
If you’re curious about cupping send me an email or comment below and I’d be happy to share more of my experience with you.
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As for the markings...
I kinda like them though, call me crazy!