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!
(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.
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.
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!
I was welcomed with these horrifying photos when I decided to do my research on cupping therapy.
Have any of my readers tried cupping? How has it helped you? Leave a comment I would love to hear from you!