We integrate Cupping Therapy with Colour Light Therapy for the ultimate healing experience.
Relatively unknown to most people living in the West until recently, cupping therapy is an alternative therapeutic method that has been popular in China since around 1000 B.C. Some records show that variations of cupping practices might actually be much older — possibly dating as far back as 3000 B.C.
And for good reason. Cupping therapy has a host of health benefits that can often outweigh modern medicine techniques.
One of the biggest advantages to trying alternative practices like cupping therapy, is that these methods don’t pose the risk for unwanted side effects like pharmacological drugs or surgery do. In fact, there’s really no downside to trying alternative practices like cupping, since studies show they can help speed up healing time without the use of any medications or even herbs. And these are just some of the benefits of cupping therapy.
Benefits of Cupping Therapy
1. Helps Reduce Pain Cupping is thought to release tissues deep inside the body, relax tense muscles and ease stiffness associated with chronic back and neck pains, migraines, rheumatism, and fatigue. Some athletes have been known to use cupping therapy to naturally improve performance and reduce stiffness, muscle cramps, joint pains and scar tissue caused by injuries.
Cupping targets soft tissue by applying local pressure to pain points and areas of swelling. As blood flow increases within vessels and capillaries, tissues receive much-needed nutrients and oxygen. This allows for energy to travel along the “channels” (meridians) that pass through the injury.
For help lowering pain, cups are commonly placed over the following areas: over the fleshy part of the shoulder blades, over the groin/loins, by the neck (for soothing headaches or migraines) or around the lower back.
2. Promotes Relaxation How can cupping be relaxing? Doesn't it hurt? As we have seen with the famous Olympian Michael Phelps cupping marks during the 2016 Olympics you would think cupping is painful but while they feel unusual there is no pain and the bruising varies person to person. Just the act of laying still and being “taken care of” during cupping therapy sessions might have a positive effect on someone’s psychological well-being, which could be one reason why it’s used to lower mental illnesses. Once the cups are placed down and suctioned, they might need to remain still for up to 15 minutes, which forces stillness and silence on patients who might otherwise lead very hectic lives. According to the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, another reason cupping is soothing is because the cups help lift pressure in tense muscles, which offers a relieving sensation just like receiving a deep tissue massage.
3. Boosts Skin Health While studies haven’t shown it can necessarily help with weight loss, the fact that it tones and firms skin by improving blood flow and expanding capillaries makes it popular among celebrities and people in the spotlight who want to appear to have toned skin.
4. Helps Treat Respiratory Issues and Colds Commonly used to help nourish the lungs and clear away phlegm or congestion, cupping therapy can be useful for speeding up healing time from respiratory illnesses like the flu and the common cold. Cupping helps improve immune function by moving blood and lymphatic fluid throughout the body, which is why it’s been associated with reductions in lung diseases (especially chronic coughs), allergies, infections and asthma. Try a lymphatic drainage cupping massage!
5. Improves Digestion Acupuncture and cupping are both popular ways to improve digestion and reduce symptoms from disorders like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). This might primarily be because they can lower a person's stress response, which is highly tied to healthy digestive functioning. Remember the gut is our second brain!
Throughout history, cupping therapy has been found to be beneficial for people with frequent stomach pains, diarrhea, acute gastritis, loss of appetite, gastrointestinal diseases and water retention. For digestive disturbances, cupping is commonly performed in the following areas: around the navel, over the bladder, around the kidneys or over the stomach.
Chromalive® Colour Therapy Treatments We combine cupping and colour therapy for the ultimate in healing! The human body needs colour to live, because colours mean life energy. Bad light conditions, denatured nutrition, artificial light, electro-smog and stress are already enough to weaken the life energy that is the colour vibrations of the cells. Weakened life energy can eventually lead to physical and mental illnesses.
The Chromalive® colour impulses help balance the metabolism of the cells and improve the energy supply of the body and spirit. The reflex zones on the hands are gently treated through a light pressured colour massage, so that the hardening and tensions in the corresponding areas dissolve.