DIY Cupping For A Better Game
For centuries Eastern medicine has believed that pain and stress are caused by stagnation of blood, fluids, toxins and vital energy – Qi. Cupping – a process that offers results similar to massage – promotes Qi life energy and has an extensive list of other benefits including, helping improve the immune system, increasing circulation, draining fluids, drawing stagnation, pathogenic factors and toxins out of the body delivering fresh oxygenated blood to help reduce inflammation and expedite healing.
Cupping can be especially beneficial to athletes of all levels, and those who try to lead as active a lifestyle as possible. You may recall that during the Olympics, Michael Phelps, history’s most decorated Olympian, sported cupping bruises during his heats.
Static/trigger point, massage, flash and dynamic cupping have been widely used to treat a long list of common conditions that plague athletes and those with an active lifestyle: muscle/joint pain, tight muscles, mobility, scars, trigger points, tendonitis, inflammation, athletic stress, injury, prevention, and post-op recovery, and more.
The secret behind it is the “negative” (inverse) massage action, unlike acupressure and massage therapy, which compress the muscles and tissues.
Cupping decompresses by gently suctioning and lifting the skin and underlying tissue into the cup.
The cupping market has largely been pro service oriented, but Lure Essentials has created an at-home DIY line of focused cupping kits specifically engineered for many issues and parts of the body. You will need to line up a friend to help hard to reach areas.
Here’s where to find a set with instruction booklet:
LURE Cupping Set with FREE Cupping Book (PDF) – Most Recommended by Pros Best for Professional & Home Use – 4 Cups, Blue