Jessica Loves Cupping!
- Published: Wednesday, June 30th 2010
- in Living Well
While Jessica Simpson might not be the first celeb to try cupping (see Gwyneth Paltrow at the New York premiere of Anchorman back in 2004), both she and the media sure are excited about it! While Simpson has been experimenting with cupping as part of a new physical and mental health regimen that also includes meditation and tea-sipping, the ancient Chinese art of cupping can also be incorporated into whatever wellness regimen you prefer.
Cupping is a form of acupuncture that involves placing heated cups over the skin, creating a suction that increases blood flow and can, in turn, ease stresses, aches and other issues that are often treated with acupuncture. The process also can stimulate movement of the body’s lymphatic fluids. The theory behind the practice is that the stagnation of these bodily fluids is what causes stiffness and congestion in the body, and that increase of the circulation will relieve these discomforts.
The glass cups are heated by an open flame and then quickly applied to the skin, creating a vacuum. The cups (and the skin that they are suctioned to) are then pulled gently. The cups are left attached to the body, treating the skin below by moving the energy or Qi. The suction is said to be intense but not painful and the results are immediate, those who have experienced the treatment say that you can feel the blood flowing into your muscles throughout the process. While cupping does result in some bruising, the marks fade quickly and do not have the tenderness of regular bruises.
Have you tried cupping? Love it as much as Gwyneth and Jessica? Share your experience with us!