When I was first diagnosed with my gluten intolerance and I was dealing with immune issues, I became a total believer in alternative practices. I mean, the doctor who first diagnosed me with my intolerances, and changed my life after 19 years of constant unexplained illnesses, was a chiropractor who specialized in homeopathic care. All the traditional doctors I was going to were loading me up with medication as a ‘remedy’!!
I often joke that I’ve done every weird, voo-doo type of wellness practice there is, and when new ones emerge, I try them, too! Of all of the practices and techniques I’ve done over the last nine years, the best I’ve ever felt (well second to how I feel now) was when I was doing acupuncture with a paleo diet. Acupuncture is a form of Chinese Medicine that involves stimulating specific points on the body by inserting thin needles into the skin. This allows for movement along our bodies meridians and clears blockages.
Introducing acupuncture’s older, more bad-ass sister, cupping. I’ve done cupping twice now and I love it. So what is it? “Cupping involves placing glass, bamboo or plastic jars on the skin and creating a vacuum by suctioning out the air.” (MindBodyGreen) Through suction, the underlying tissue is raised into the cup, increasing circulation. The suction also lifts stagnant toxins so your body can excrete them.
The misconception with cupping is that the circle marks you are left with at the end a) stay for a super long time and b) are a result of the suction. The outer circle, yes, is a result of the cups being circular, but the dark red marks that remain are static blood, lymph, toxins and more that have been moved from the deeper tissue layers to the surface.
Common Cupping questions:
- Do you actually feel a difference? And how can you tell? Yes. After cupping it is important to drink a TON of water to move the toxins (that have now been pulled up and released into your system) out of your system. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself going to the bathroom a bit more than usual on this day 😉
- Does it hurt? Nope! It feels a little itchy for a minute or two and then on both occasions I’ve actually been so relaxed that I’ve fallen asleep!
- How long do the marks last? The darker the circle, the more blockage you had in the area. Also the darker your circles, the longer it takes to go away. My light colored circles are typically gone in 3 or so days, and the darker ones typically take 4-6 days!
The Spa on Rodeo team offers solutions to help clear your body of your marks quicker! This time I tried the HYDRA Moisturizing Vitamin Drops and RESTORATION Beta- Glucan Recovery Gel. The HYDRA penetrates dry skin and RESTORATION helps repair the skin for a youthful appearance.
I highly recommend checking out Spa on Rodeo and scheduling your first cupping appointment!!