In this article, we are going to take a break from Reiki and learn about another method of healing – cupping therapy. While Reiki is a Japanese technique that controls vital energy through the laying of hands, cupping is based on an ancient medicinal technique that uses sanitized cups to facilitate blood flow (and thus, the flow of vital energy). Cupping is believed to speed up healing and other complications in the body.
You may have seen large and dark spots on a person’s back during or after a cupping session. These cupping marks are normal and will usually go away within a week or less. The shade of these marks also serve as an indicator of how severe the pain is underneath that part of the skin. A shade that’s darker means severe while a lighter one implies a minor condition.
Of course, there’s a method to the madness. Cupping therapy relies on a network of energy pathways all throughout the body. Think of these pathways as a railway system, where one route leads to a particular area. If the route is blocked, then it needs to be unblocked. In Traditional Chinese Medicine and other alternative healing methods, cupping is one of the ways to unblock it.
The cups used in cupping therapy are widely available online. They are usually sold in sets and can be made of plastic, glass or silicone. The following are some of the most popular cupping sets that you can find in online retail stores:
Cupping has recently become mainstream due to sightings of celebrities and athletes bearing cup marks on their chest or back. The truth is that cupping has been practiced by the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs and Chinese for thousands of years. Ancient texts have stated that cupping therapy was used to treat diseases that are linked to our internal organs.
The cups used in the olden days were not really cups that we know today. They came in various forms. Horns or tusks from animals were used. Then it was found out that bamboo can be used as well. Finally, glass became the dominant material for cupping.
In the Muslim world, wet cupping or Hijama was regularly practiced by the Prophet Muhammad himself. He used it to treat a variety of conditions as well as to maintain good health.
Cupping Therapy Benefits
Practitioners and advocates claim that cupping can benefit you in a number of ways. Here’s some of them:
– Relieves neck, back and other joint pains.
– Speeds up recovery of injured muscles.
– Helps clear congestion in the respiratory system.
– Improves blood flow.
– Improves metabolism.
How Much Does A Cupping Therapy Session Cost?
The price of a single cupping therapy session typically costs around 25 bucks to as much as 80 bucks. Many establishments offer bundled or multiple sessions at a discounted price. A session can last from 30 up to 90 minutes. The initial visit will normally be longer in order to establish the patient’s health background. Subsequent visits are quicker and less expensive.
How To Perform Cupping
There are several ways to do cupping, but the most widely adapted is the method used by the Chinese – dry cupping or fire cupping. This involves lighting a flammable substance, such as alcohol. The fire is then introduced into the cup for a short period. Due to this, a suction effect is created when the cup is place on the skin.
Here’s a quick overview of how dry cupping is done:
- Identify the points where the cups should be placed.
- Before using the cups, they should be cleaned and dried thoroughly.
- By using tweezers, soak a cotton ball in isopropyl alcohol.
- Light it on fire with a candle or lighter.
- Put the cotton ball into a cup for a couple of seconds.
- Quickly put the cup onto the skin and make sure that a suction is produced.
- If the suction is not strong enough that it loses hold of the skin, repeat the procedure of putting the cotton ball inside for a few seconds.
- Leave the cups on the skin for up to 10 minutes.
VIDEO: Watch how the Chinese carry out Cupping Therapy