Posted on August 19th, 2016
Cupping is an ancient Chinese therapy treatment where glass cups are placed along the various meridian or energy channels. The cups create suction using heat or air. The goal is to release blocked energy so that it can flow properly, as well as increase circulation to relax tight muscles. Ayurveda has a very similar theory of the necessity of proper energy flow for good health, as stagnant energy creates toxins and feelings of lethargy and depression. Cupping has been around for centuries, but is recently gaining popularity in the West. You might have noticed the bruises on Michael Phelps’ back at the Olympics. People raise questions because the suction marks make you look like a dalmatian.
While there has been some debate about whether cupping actually releases tension or whether it is just a placebo effect, I highly recommend it as a great way to release and manage stress. The cups are placed on the back typically for about 15 minutes. The first time I did cupping, I remember feeling as though I was getting a deep tissue massage where all the stress was being sucked out of my body. After the session I felt lighter and freer.
We live in a stressful society so finding methods that work for you to release that tension is crucial in bringing you back to peace, balance and good health.
According to my acupuncturist, some bruises are darker because more energy blockage is in that area; for me it was the common tension area of the shoulder blades. It was amazing how true the darker colour circles were to the areas where I know I tend to hold more tension.
Give cupping a try if you’re looking for new ways to cope with stress. It is important to find a good acupuncturist who listens carefully to your needs and who is experienced. L.A. friends, I highly recommend my acupuncturist, Aleksandra Dianova. Acupuncture and cupping is second nature to her, she cares for her patients and their wellbeing, and is very attentive to your needs. She operates between two offices, one at Noho Yoga, and another location in Studio City.
Light and love.