What do the ancient Egyptians, the Patriots, and Katy Perry have in common?
Their love for Cupping.
Cupping has a vast history in ancient medicine- from China to the Egyptians, Hippocrates, and Muhammad, everyone wanted a piece of this incredible healing modality 💁🏼♀️. Even European doctors in the 14th to 17th centuries used cupping for arthritis, gout, common cold, and chest infections. Now, thanks to Michael Phelps, Jennifer Aniston, James Harrison, Katy Perry, and a variety of other celebrities and athletes, cupping is, once again, trendy. We may have traded in animal horns and bamboo cups for glass and silicone, but the art of cupping is essentially the same as it has always been.
How does it work? 🔧 When cups are suctioned onto the skin (typically using the heat from a flame), it lifts the connective tissue (or fascia) up into the cup. This creates space for old stagnant blood to move to the surface (the red marks 🔴) so that fresh oxygen-rich blood can flush underneath it. This improves circulation, or the flow of Qi and Blood as we like to say, which relieves tension and reduces pain.
New patients often come to my office apprehensive of cupping, typically because of the dark marks they’ve seen on the internet. There are many techniques of cupping, and I typically do not leave these intense marks on patients (and if I do, I use my heart shaped @lovecupping cups for a nice ❤️). Patients typically describe their cupping sessions as “weird, but good,” “amazing,” or a “hurts so good” type of feeling.
If you are curious about cupping therapy, or are wanting to try it, reach out to me over DM or contact my office.
Charlotte Morgan, M.S. L.Ac.