What is cupping and what are the benefits?
Updated: Apr 13, 2022
At Statera, we understand the interconnectedness of the mind, body, and spirit. Optimal health begins with a balance of all three areas. We incorporate many different types of services geared toward improving physical health as well as mental health therapies. The health of your body can impact your mental health and can show up as anxiety or depression leading to physical pain and serious health conditions. Likewise, mental health can have an impact on our body and its perception of pain. Cupping is one therapy that has been around for centuries and has been studied for its effectiveness to calm the nervous system and help reduce pain.
What does cupping treat?
Most clients enjoy cupping for muscle relaxation and pain reduction. It also can be used for headaches, migraines, fatty deposits like cellulites, skin conditions, lung disorders, digestive issues and as part of a mental health program. Cupping can effectively relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety while reducing the stress that frequently accompanies many conditions. Our professionals may recommend combining cupping with acupuncture, yoga, or massage therapy to maximize the benefits to our clients.
What are the benefits of cupping?
Some of the more obvious benefits are pain reduction and muscle relief, as well as relaxation of the nervous system. There are many benefits you may not be aware of such as skin complexion benefits, improved digestion, immune system support, reduced blood pressure, increased energy, increased blood flow and easier breathing.
How does cupping work?
Cupping is not a one-size-fits-all therapy and there are various techniques that allow the professional to customize a treatment for the individual. In dry cupping, glass jars are heated inside before being placed on the body. This creates a vacuum that draws blood to the skin’s surface, connective tissue is loosened, and the natural healing process takes place. Note-the marks left behind may take a few days to go away. A massage cupping or sliding cup therapy, uses silicone flexible cups which glide across the tissues with the use of oil. This technique is especially therapeutic for treating muscle tension, stress, and pain as well as lymphatic and digestive stagnation. Cupping can also be localized for healing of an injury and inflammation. A full body cupping session can be beneficial for both mental and physical well-being.
~Julie Haufe, Licensed Massage Therapist