By now, you’re probably familiar with the concept of cupping and massaging. You might have seen the signs of cupping on athletes - those circular marks which look a lot like suction. What you might not know is that this is a practice which has been going on for generations. Sliding cupping and massaging are well established medical techniques which have proven benefits.
To make sure that you know exactly what you’re dealing with, let’s take a look at how the sliding cupping and massaging works, as well as how it can help the body.
How Does Cupping Work?
Cupping is a practice which began in China, and was first done with the aid of animal horns. Nowadays, more comfortable methods are used, traditionally in the shape of a cup. There are different materials - plastic, glass, silicone - which influences application, but the basic premise is the same.
So what happens is the cup is placed on the skin. However, before that, it’s necessary to remove the oxygen inside the glass, and this is accomplished by using fire. By putting something that’s on fire inside the cup, all the oxygen is used up, so when it’s then put onto the skin, a vacuum is created which creates suction. The suction is what helps to heal the body.
There’s different kinds of cupping for various situations. These are generally classed as either “wet” cupping or “dry” cupping depending on the situation.
With wet cupping, the skin will get pierced, allowing blood to flow into the cup, and dry cupping doesn’t do this. There’s also fire cupping, which is good for battling colds, muscle tightness, pain relief, and drawing toxins out of the body.
A common practice for something like this is to use it in conjunction with medical massages. This is a special kind of massage which works in tandem with other types of medicine like cupping.
So, how does it work? Well, inside the body there are what’s called meridian channel pathways. These are rivers that run through the body carrying energy. The massage focuses on these pathways, keeping them in good condition and making sure that energy can flow properly between them.
This kind of process is most commonly associated with a deep tissue massage, but the primary difference is that something like this focuses more on pain points and pressure points.
So when it comes to these two types of medical treatments, they’re both pretty traditional and they’ve been around for quite some time. They often work in tandem too and we’re happy to be able to offer these kinds of remedies for a variety of issues, so check out what’s available. You should definitely consider working with this highly traditional and deeply effective method of healing if you can!
If you are interested in learning more about sliding cupping and meridian massage treatments, feel free to contact us or schedule an appointment with Dr. Diem.