Cupping therapy is an ancient practice that uses cups to relieve pain and tension in parts of the body. This practice is extremely safe and oftentimes resolves chronic pain and tightness faster than massage therapy alone. This form of therapy works to decompress soft tissues using suction while regular massage therapy compresses the tissue. While it is commonly seen used among athletes, anyone can reap the benefits of cupping massage therapy.
Increase in Circulation
Cupping will increase blood flow and circulation to wherever the cups are placed on the body- typically the point of injury or pain. This increase in circulation results in the positive benefits one would feel after a session. Increased blood flow is responsible for reducing tension and boosting cell repair. Overall, improved circulation works to help you feel better almost immediately after a session. In addition to increased circulation, this can work to improve your range of motion and mobility.
Reduces Anxiety and Depression
The gliding of the cups on the area of injury triggers the parasympathetic nervous system within our bodies. Our PNS is solely responsible for lowering our bodies’ breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure. Therefore, when the therapist glides the cups along the body, you are able to enter a state of deep relaxation. The peacefulness works to completely relax both the body and the mind which reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Aids in Digestion
Another side effect of the parasympathetic nervous system being engaged is the promotion of digestion. The calmness of the massage allows for the PNS to increase blood flow to the digestive tract and relax the muscles there. Not only that, but if the cups are focused solely on the abdomen this can stimulate your digestive organs. Soft cupping over the area can assist in pushing food, blood, and body-fluid through the tract and clear colon blockages- in general, relieving indigestion.
Aids in Overall Health
With the increased stimulation in blood flow, the body also works to encourage the removal of toxins. Removing toxins from the body is beneficial as it helps your body fight infections, produces bile (helps break down fat), and helps regulate blood sugar levels. Everything working all together helps to greatly increase your overall health.
Suction cup therapy is for anyone and everyone! If you, or someone you know, suffers from chronic pain or inflammation, you benefit greatly from cupping therapy. Even if you simply just want to relax, increase your blood flow, increase cell production, or increase your overall well-being, cupping massage therapy is perfect for you. Call Aruna today to set up your first appointment.