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What is Cupping?

By on December 1, 2016 in Healing

what is cupping

By: Ginny Marston

You may have seen Michael Phelps’ round back bruises this year at the olympics, or heard about it from a friend. He was using the ancient beneficial procedure known as ‘cupping’. Cupping is an ancient therapeutic practice that has been utilized in traditional Chinese medicine for over 2000 years.

What is it?

Today, it is used by select massage therapists or acupuncturists to improve circulation to an area. It is commonly used to treat aches, pain, respiratory problems or muscular discomfort. According to the Mayo Clinic, combining acupuncture with cupping is more effective with treating muscle pain and tenderness than medication!

How is it done?

The therapist places plastic or bamboo jars on the skin that create a vacuum by suctioning the air. By doing this, a potion of the underlying tissue is sucked into the cups. The sensation is said to be relaxing and soothing, with a feeling of tightness in the area the cups are placed. The cups can be kept on briefly, or for a period of time, based on the the comfort level of the person.

Does it hurt?

Cupping can temporarily leave a bruise on the skin that may last a couple of days to a couple of weeks, but is rarely painful. Once the marks are cleared the procedure can be repeated.

With the new year around the corner, why not increase your openness to new ideas, explore new opportunities? Try out cupping (with a licensed practitioner) today!

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mommaAbout the Author: Hello, my name is Ginny. I am originally from Long Island, NY but now live in beautiful Florida. I am a Registered Nurse, a healer by nature. Having worked in trauma, I have been with those at the time of passing as well as given comfort to their families. As a child and teen I exhibited special gifts but they faded as my life journey went to raising a family and having a career. It wasn’t until my Grandmother, and then Father, passed that I yearned to be able to see and speak to them to ensure they were at peace and to tell them the things that I wished I had when they were here on Earth. On October 10, 2016, I tragically lost my youngest daughter, Christina. This led me to ‘go down the rabbit hole’ with my grief, pain, and the empty place in my heart only Christina could fill. The note that I laid with her was “You will never be alone as at the time of your death a piece of my heart died with you.” Many of my spiritual friends began to reach out to me, I began to look for signs she was still here with us, and channeled my energy to go back in time to renew my gifts so that I could not only speak with Christina, as I had with my other passed love ones, but to also learn more about her new journey. Christina’s and my journey are just beginning and I hope to share not only my journey with her but how you too can connect with your loved one. Follow us on Facebook!

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