Cupping is a strong health and wellness trend happening in the world, online and offline both. Popular among Hollywood celebrities, professional athletes such as swimmers and cyclists, and everyday people looking to get well have jumped on board.
This Mother’s Day, if you’re buying for someone who is interested in wellness, who has expressed an interest in cupping therapy, and/or who you know would be open to a new experience, a silicone cupping set can be the perfect gift.
What are the benefits of cupping?
Cupping therapy works off of what’s called myofascial decompression and has been used to treat a wide variety of conditions, including chronic pain. Cupping practice is based around the belief that certain health problems are based around stagnant blood, poor energy flow in the body, and internal systems that are trying to work through blockages. Upon scientific review, it’s found cupping increases blood flow more than anything and in doing so, improves circulation, relieves muscle tension, and reduces inflammation.
Have you ever seen an athlete or celebrity in a photo have purple circular marks on their back – those are from cupping. Cupping works by applying cups usually made of glass or plastic to the body, and creating suction and pressure which pulls the skin and tissue upwards. Normally, cupping involves heating a cup to create suction.
The advantages of silicone cupping is there’s no heat’s required. Choosing silicone for your cupping material, it’s a lot easier to use and apply which makes it a great gift and something someone can do from home rather easily.
What is silicone cupping?
Cupping techniques can vary as well, depending on the result sought. There is ‘dry cupping’, for example, which is when cups are suctioned for a specific length of time with the patient still. There’s ‘wet cupping’ which is when the practitioner will remove the cup and make small cuts in the skin to draw out the blood that’s been brought to the surface. There’s also ‘tissue distraction release with movement’ which takes the cups, and actively moves them over and across the target area.