I get asked SOO much; Why do you get cupping? Why do you get scraped with that metal thing? (Gua-Sha) Here’s the benefits written by my muscles therapist directly!
Gua sha is most often used to relieve muscle and joint pain. Conditions of the muscles and bones are known as musculoskeletal disorders. Some examples include back pain, tendon strain, etc..
Gua sha can also benefit the immune system and reduce inflammation. Sometimes, gua sha is used to treat a cold, fever, or problems with the lungs.
It leaves behind a rash, called petechiae, which indicates that fascial restrictions have been released.
.Cupping is believed to mobilize blood flow to the #skin creating a mild immune response and increasing anti-inflammatory chemicals in the body via a negative pressure pull. It draws stagnant blood to the surface (previous injuries/strains) and improves #blood circulation to the tissues. It stretches tight #muscles and fascia making it a beneficial #treatment for #athletes
You can use cupping in a stagnant or dynamic way. In dynamic, the cups are used in a flossing manner over the soft tissue, and glide up/down and cross-hatch over the muscle bellies. It helps expel subtle tissue lesions within certain areas of the body.
The discoloration, which are pulled stagnation, not bruises, can last 7-10 days. Reported benefits include speedier recovery and improved muscle movement for athletes. Hydration and rest is critical after a #cupping session.