Cupping Therapy. A Bunch of Hooey?

This passed Labor Day weekend wasn’t a feel ‘amazing’ weekend for me.  Thanks to Advil, and prayer I made it through.  I was anxiously awaiting my acupuncture appointment today because I was getting cupped for the very first time!

Cupping Therapy What is Cupping?

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noun: cupping
  1. (in Chinese medicine) a therapy in which heated glass cups are applied to the skin along the meridians of the body, creating suction as a way of stimulating the flow of energy.

How does Cupping work?

Initially it pulls blood into an area. The tissues get saturated with fresh blood while the vacuum pulls stagnant blood out of the area. You can see this in the hickey like appearance that is typically left behind. You may very well look like you made out with an alien.  You may have a black and blue appearance that isn’t painful.

As new blood is forced into the tissues around the cups the body will begin to develop new blood vessels.  This may be why cupping can cause a lasting effect. As the new vessels form they will have the capability to feed the tissues with nutrient and oxygen.

Something else happens early in this process as well. It is called sterile inflammation. Now many hear the word inflammation and think it is a bad thing. After all we take anti-inflammatory when there is pain and swelling so inflammation must be bad, right? But that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Inflammation is the first line of healing. The body releases white blood cells, platelets, fibroblasts and other healing chemicals to promote healing. When the vacuum occurs it causes separation of the different layers of tissue which can cause micro trauma and tearing. The healing chemicals I mentioned above get released and stimulate healing.

My Experience

Some would say this is a bunch of hooey, and I admit, my eyes rolled on this form of Chinese medicine a few years back when I heard about it. However, let me let you on a little secret…..

When you have zero luck with Western Medicine, and refuse to go too far in their drug induced web, you start to look for other avenues, and depending on your desperation you try anything! Like Cupping, Acupuncture, NUCCA, Lymphatic Drainage Massage and some go to the best Physician out there, our God.  Which is where I have gained more strength from in my journey.

Not wanting to make this into a huge spiritual post, but I must give credit where credit is due. My God is amazing! My faith walk in all of this has grown tremendous leaps and bounds.  I am so thankful and joyful, many people don’t see how I could be joyful and thankful.  However, I say, start reaching out to God, and you too will be filled with so much love you will truly be amazed.

It’s like complaining doesn’t even exist in me any longer. Sure, I can get a fleeting thought of doom and despair; however I am so quick to turn that thought into something joyful and happy.  Your tongue can either bless you or curse you. What you say becomes your reality, and this girl refuses to live in a doom and despair reality.

I was a little unsure how it was going to feel. I mean, I went on WebMD and Googled like crazy.   I did my massive internet search, so I was already at Expertise Level in Cupping Therapy within 5 mins.

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It wasn’t bad, and actually pretty relaxing. Except I was laying on my boobs weird, and well that didn’t feel too hot. I didn’t know if I could move or not, so I stayed still for 15 mins trying to think of a white sandy beach, and a cute cabana boy taking my drink order.

On a serious note, I went in there with pressure and pain in the left side of my head to my ear.  Nagging and very familiar.  Almost immediately after placing the needles around my ears and the cups on my back, I was free from pain.  My constant drainage had also seized.  Praise God and Thank you, Dr. Baker at Balanced Body!

Towards the end of my session I became the weirdo client. I had strategically put my phone in my back pocket for a ‘cupping selfie’.  Since, I quickly realized it wasn’t very comfortable to move, I could not do my shame free selfie.  So, I did what any normal blogger would do who wanted to document their first cupping session.  I asked if the assistant would take my photo before she took off my torture devises.

Pride?  What pride?

She was happy to do it, and if I heard her right I was the first client to ever ask for her help in a cupping photoshoot.

Here I am in all my cupping glory!

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Cute huh?

I was welcomed with these horrifying photos when I decided to do my research on cupping therapy.

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Is there a body under all those cups?

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This dude looks like he wrapped himself in bubble wrap. Almost makes me want to push him down the stairs just to hear the popping.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have any of my readers tried cupping?  How has it helped you?  Leave a comment I would love to hear from you!

Much Love,

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Cutting the Fat and Gettin’ Down to Business

This post isn’t about my photography.  That one will come a little bit later.

I was in Vegas this past weekend attending a conference, NES4 on social media marketing, affiliate marketing and also about SEO for blogging.  It was so overwhelming to say the least.  I heard some amazing speakers, my favorite was the keynote speaker, Gary Vaynerchuk.

Google the guy.  He’ll blow your mind.  Just a heads up though.  He has colorful language.  He reminds me of the Honey Badger, he’s bad ass.

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Anyway, I posted on facebook awhile back how bad my desk was.  Well, I still haven’t touched it.

Today, Sophia went ahead and climbed in my chair and decided she had enough of my messy desk.

What a go getter I have!

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There, she’s cuttin’ the fat.

If only she knew how to file.

Jeez, my phone takes some really crappy pics.  I cannot wait to upgrade!

365Project Day 14 ~ Spring is here…

Well, in all reality I am in South Texas, so Spring only shows up for like a week.  Since we have hit a few 90 degree temps, I’m gonna say Summer.  It’s tricky because the weather bounces from the 80’s-90’s now, so maybe it is Spring.  I dunno…it’s getting warmer which means the ungodly heat is coming soon.  Ugh, I need a summer home in Alaska!

When we moved in this house, this bush was already planted.  I remember finding out what kind of plant it was awhile ago, but now I have no clue.  I even tried to google purple flower bush in Texas, but I didn’t see it in the pictures.  Maybe I should try Bing, they have more photos right?  Of course, any kind of research I do, is never detailed.  I give myself a good 5 mins and if I don’t find what I am looking for I get bored and move on.  Or, recently I am interrupted and then lose interest.   Either way, I never found it.  If you know it give me a comment and let me know.

Butterflies love this bush!  One of the reasons I love it so much.  We almost lost it a couple of summers ago when we had that awful drought, which I think is still in place.  Luckily it came back last Fall (which is kind of our Spring).  Just within the last week it has started to bloom.  One of these mornings I will get a photo of a  butterfly on it, but that requires stalking, and I don’t get to do that right now.  Let’s face it, it takes me a good couple of hours just to get a blog post written.  You can say, Sophia makes me work.  Right now she is sitting besides me feeding Momma Dog and taking a few morsels for herself.  She’ll have shiny hair and tarter control teeth…whenever she gets those in.

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AV mode, f3.2 1/160 ISO 125 70-200mm @ 70mm

I played with my white balance on this one, which was fun to see all the different shades you can get with that.

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