Cupping and Massage therapy are not just for people with an injury or sickness, but – like acupuncture – they are for anyone who wants to keep their body in the best working order possible.
As was evident to just about anyone watching the last Olympic games, cupping therapy is used by the best athletes in the world to address injuries and keep their muscles limber, even having treatments performed during their competitions.
Chinese medicine considers the major cause of pain and other disease to be due to lack of proper circulation of Qi and blood, which circulate through the tissues and channels. If the circulation is compromised due to injury, overuse, or even stress, blood and qi are prone to stagnate, causing dysfunction and pain.
Cupping therapy has likely been in use longer than acupuncture, second only to massage in its antiquity. The process involves using a small glass, plastic, or silicone cup to induce a vacuum on the skin surface. From there the cups can be kept static over a specific injury, or moved around a large area for a general stretching effect. Cupping aids to move devitalized blood and qi out, enabling nutritive, healthy, vital qi to replenish the area.
Benefits of Treatments
In regards to deep-tissue therapies, cupping has a lot of benefits to offer. Some research suggests that cupping can affect tissues up to four inches deep under the skin. This means within those four inches of tissue, toxic cellular debris can be released, the fascia and muscles can be stretched, and the arteries and veins can be flooded with extra blood flow, thereby oxygenating the tissues.
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Cupping therapy is a research supported and valuable addition to acupuncture treatments. White Dragon Healing Arts specializes in combining acupuncture, cupping, and various forms of massage/bodywork to elicit a profound effect on the body, mind, and spirit.