When all else fail, cupping…might help.
Recently, I popped on down to Chinatown to get this pain on my back, sorted out. And believe me, this isn’t the first time that i went for this “cupping therapy”. I’ve done it a couple of years back (2 or 3 to be exact) and personally for me, its kind of like one of those final few treatment that i will and shall take, once those fortnightly massages doesn’t seem to do much more than just ease the tensions off the body but doesn’t really take the pain away.
If you’re like me, i sleep on my side, my right side to be exact and cuddle up into a ball like a shrimp, cos that seems to be the only position that i will fall asleep, since i was a kid (#truestory, ask my mom, she still thinks its weird) and wakes up with such a pain on my right shoulder, like as if someone had put me on a torture device and yanked my arms out, and what seemed like my nerves was going to be snapped off. You can say it’s old age….i wouldn’t disagree with that too.
But anyway, Yes…so that was the cause of the problem that i was facing and it has reached to a point where it was really being such a b-i-t-c-h.
Now I’ve got some friends who are wary of such treatments and i know there was some video surfacing online of how these treatments causes holes on your body that looks like it came out of someone’s tryphopobia’s nightmare. I don’t know the legitimacy of that video but let me just say that, that doesn’t happen to me, or anyone that i know who have done this before over the years.
C’mon…If you can have hickeys and love-bites and be proud of showing them, i don’t think getting sucked by a couple of hot cups is going to be a big deal.
So, what are the benefits of cupping one might ask. Aside from helping me ease up on the pain in the back and my shoulder joints, i did some research into this and found out some very interesting facts about it…Something that might change your minds about this and perhaps secure you your 1st cupping treatment. :
- loosen the muscle
- encourages blood flow
- sedate nervous system (good for people with high-blood pressure)
- relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism and even cellulite <—i don’t know about that.
- loosing weight ??
- releases toxins and clears blockages
- helps to align and relax the ‘qi’ (life-force) by targeting and opening up the meridian channels : the paths through which life energy flows freely throughout the body, through all tissues and organs, thus providing a smoother and more free-flowing ‘qi’ (life force).
Aside from the fact that i felt really lethargic the next day, and had these cup bruises behind my back, that will probably last a week (2 weeks for me as i have really thin skin, tried and tested). The following week after, was such a breeze and the back pains were at a minimal down low and my energy level felt like it wasn’t going to leave town shortly.
I guessed this three thousand year old Chinese therapy really helped ease those bad boys up. And of course, while it works for me, it may not work for you. But, i do say, give it a shot, its generally safe to try under the care of a qualified practitioner.
Oh yea, it’s also a good way to start a conversation, just put on your tank tops while at the gym and I’m sure someone will come up and ask you the age old question : “does it hurt?”, like you’re some kinda bad-a$$.