July 30th, 2019
Let’s hop in our way back machine to the 2016 Olympics: Michael Phelps was crushing it while he had mysterious, large red marks all over his back? Remember thinking – what are those? Nearly everyone did. Well, those red marks are a result of cupping – an ancient Chinese form of alternative medicine.
Cupping is used primarily to facilitate healing with blood flow, but it also helps relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and promotes health, relaxation, and well being. In cupping therapy, a therapist puts special cups on your skin to create suction.
Michael Phelps does it, so it’s got to be safe, right? Let’s take a closer look.
The science of cupping is very similar to acupuncture in that both therapies are believed to balance yin and yang, within the body and facilitate the flow of “qi” – the vital energy or life force believed to regulate your spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical health.
Restoring the balance between these two extremes is thought to help with the body’s resistance to pathogens as well as its ability to increase blood flow and reduce pain.
Driven Fit+ SWS offers cupping therapy in Tampa with Dr. Sarah Sponaugle. Come by the studio to experience the healing of cupping!
Yes, this alternative therapy is safe. But, there are certain exceptions. These may include:
As with any change to your diet, exercise, or therapy regimen we recommend you speak with your doctor before receiving treatment.
While overall very safe, there are a few side effects associated with cupping. These typically only occur during or immediately following treatment. Possible side effects of cupping therapy may include:
This ancient form of therapy is known for its healing capabilities. Cupping is used to increase blood flow, alleviate pains and inflammation. Cupping therapy can help you relax and improve your overall health & wellbeing.
If you are interested in cupping treatments at our South Tampa wellness center, schedule a consultation today! Our trained and experienced Tampa, FL cupping therapists, please call or text Driven + SWS today at (813) 440-3016.