Insights From Incentives


Cupping Comes To Incentives

With Maria Hogan, Licensed Acupuncturist


Traditional Chinese Medicine At Incentives

The Healing Benefits Have Gone Mainstream…

Traditional Chinese medicine offers a wonderful technique called cupping. Cupping is often viewed as the opposite of a massage. Rather than applying pressure to the muscles, the suction uses pressure to pull skin, tissue and muscles upward.

Cupping was developed thousands of years ago, and although the technique has been modernized, the philosophy remains the same. Cupping involves placing a glass jar on the skin to create a vacuum, suctioning out the air. The underlying tissue is raised or sucked up into the cup. The purpose of cupping is to increase circulation, help relieve pain, remove heat and pull out the toxins that linger in your body’s tissue.

During a cupping treatment, you will feel a tight sensation which becomes a relaxing and soothing experience. Cups may be moved around or left in place. They may stay on your body briefly or for long periods of time. Each treatment is unique to you. The back is the most common area to be cupped but this treatment works well on other fleshy parts of the body.

Cupping causes the skin to temporarily turn red, blue or purple, especially if there is an injury or energetic blockage in the area. The skin discoloration can last anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks.

Cupping can help remove toxins from the body and stimulate the flow of fresh blood, lymph and Qi to the affected area and throughout the body. It works wonders for anyone suffering from colds, flu, coughs, back and muscle pain, poor circulation, anxiety, red itchy skin conditions, allergies, fever, aches and other pains. Cupping methods are maximized when combined with acupuncture treatment.

Cupping has gone mainstream recently, with many athletes and celebrities showing up at events with cup marks on their bodies. They are all too eager to share the healing benefits, prompting the recent coverage of cupping in the news.

Cupping was not only used in traditional Chinese medicine, but also by ancient Egyptians, North American Indians, early Greeks and in other ancient and European countries. Cupping therapy was recommended by Hippocrates, the man whom many consider to be the “Father of Medicine”.

Cupping should not be performed on anyone who bleeds easily or cannot stop bleeding, has skin ulcers or edema. It is not wise to cup over large blood vessels and pregnant women should cup with extreme caution and never on the abdomen or lower back.

For more information on cupping and its wonderful health benefits in combination with acupuncture, contact Maria Hogan, Licensed Acupuncturist at Incentives Spa, at 516.519.1135.

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