You may have seen someone at a yoga class or the grocery store with strange-looking circle-like marks that appear almost as round bruises along with their upper back and shoulder areas. These are actually temporary marks that are the result of a form of therapy called cupping.
Cupping is a holistic wellness technique that is most often attributed to the Taoist alchemist and herbalist Ge Hong. Hong was an ancient wellness practitioner that lived in 281 to 341 A.D.
As a form of noninvasive and non-pharmacological therapy, cupping uses special, bamboo, earthenware or silicone cups that are heated and placed directly on key parts of the body thought to facilitate the flow of “qi,” another name for life force.
This gentle, soothing and targeted application of heat yield numerous benefits while targeting:
- Skin issues (acne and eczema)
Similar to deep tissue massage, cupping works by having heated cups placed directly onto your skin for approximately three minutes. While the cups cool off, they generate a vacuum-like effect that can help release tension and restore your energy sources.
At Elements Massage Gilbert, our experienced team invokes this age-old practice to harness the cumulative and long-lasting benefits of this particular alternative form of therapy.