If you’ve been paying attention to the 2016 Summer Olympics at all, you may have seen Cupping making the headlines. Olympic athletes, such as swimmer Michael Phelps and gymnast Alex Naddour, have made the news because of the “strange purple dots” on their bodies. However, the strange purple dots aren’t so strange after all, but simply an aftereffect of cupping.
Cupping massage is a popular and beneficial therapeutic modality that dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians used cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C.
This ancient therapy aids in balancing our bodies, and safely provides gliding cupping and gua sha, for relief of muscle soreness, stale chi, and stagnant blood—resulting in relief of pain, stress, and giving deep tissue results in a comfortable way.
Gliding cupping is a unique treatment to remove external and internal pathogens from the body and restore the circulation of blood. It provides for a wonderful deep tissue massage—not limited to the area of direct treatment—but also to the areas the relevant nerves are controlling. It also activates the lymph system, and assists in reduction of cellulite, and skin toning, as a few good examples.
Cupping is based on the TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) meridian system, and the general effects help facilitate a return to balance of organs, as well as improve the circulatory and nervous systems, and locally has a remarkable effect on stiff muscles with it’s pull and gliding properties aiding in pain reduction, and removing toxic substances from the skin.
Supporters of cupping therapy believe the suction of the cups mobilizes blood flow to promote the healing of a broad range of medical ailments. It’s no wonder these Olympians are such fans of it.
Interested in added this modality to your portfolio? Elite is offering onsite Cupping classes in Illinois, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, taught by Bonny D. Goslee LMT.BCTMB.RM. But hurry, seats are limited.
About the author
Bonny D. Goslee LMT.BCTMB.RM
Bonny is a Board-certified, NCBTMB and CE Broker-Approved continuing education provider, instructor, and LMT Florida and Georgia, and a Reiki Master/Instructor, since 1999. Bonny’s passion for teaching is evident in all she shares as an instructor of massage and energy work. She has been on local and national television demonstrating some of these works, including Reiki and Animal Massage, and is presently teaching Cupping & Gua Sha, Bamboo Massage, and Reiki Energy Healing.