The Cupping Therapy

“Relax and refuse to let worry and stress rule your life. There is always a solution to every problem. Things will work out for you when you take time to relax, refresh, restore and recharge your soul.”

Lailah Gifty Akita

Since finding out about cupping therapy from the Olympic swimmers who made it popular in western culture a few years ago, I really wanted to try it. Ever since I was little, I had various back problems that thankfully didn’t grow with me. My favorite form of exercise is yoga, and the last year I lived in Kansas City I started seeing a chiropractor. Massages are something I like to try and treat myself to at least once a year, and I always request the deepest pressure possible for all the knots that get stuck back there. Acupuncture is the last thing on my list to try (now), and it only didn’t make the list because I just end up psyching myself out of it, so it’s just a self process I’m working through on that one. Not only is my job a high-stress environment, but I’m sitting almost the whole time while looking around at various screens. Not only was I excited about the benefits from cupping therapy, but I was excited for the process of the cupping.

My most painful zones are my lower back and shoulders. It’s where all my stress goes and camps out, so along with sitting on my ass almost all day and being an anxiety-riddled homo sapien, it’s always just a hard mass of muscle weighing down everything else. Since I’ve never had any type of cupping service before, I went with a basic 30-minute dry appointment. Some places use fire for the suction of the cups, but mine were done using a hand pump and what I figured would be a good starting point. My therapist started with suctioning various parts of my whole back for only a few seconds, and then setting up the cups along my upper back and shoulders for ten minutes, and then my lower back and side of my hips for another ten. I entered a total state of relaxation, yet was able to notice when the blood circulation was, well, circulating “in” certain cups. It was a weird feeling at first that caught me off guard, but I grew to enjoy it whenever it popped because not only did it feel cool, but it also let me know it was somewhat working.

I walked to my appointment and back, and could feel the difference IMMEDIATELY. This was the first week that my yoga class had made changes so I no longer had class that night, and treated myself to going to bed early. The next day, I woke up feeling wonderful. I slept so well, and felt more energized than I had in a while. This was the day I had scheduled for my first session of GOING BLONDE, so even on my day off I was doing what I’m normally doing: sitting. But(t), there was no issue. My lower back had no issues, and my neck didn’t feel any extra strain that it usually does.

I would definitely go back for another cupping service, and trying various forms of other therapies with it. It’s been two days since I received this service now, and I still haven’t felt any pain in my lower back or shoulders. It’s so exciting to me that all it took for me to feel this much better was just a few cups sucking on my skin for a few minutes, and it’s been fun looking at all the spots on my back. If you’ve ever thought about the service, it’s something I would highly suggest, even just once in your life.

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Published by Jessi

Midwest transplant in California working on finishing 30 things on my bucket list before my 30th birthday.

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