Cupping has been a growing trend to alternative therapy since it first gained mass attention at the 2016 Rio Olympic games. Now thanks to a few companies you can cup your own body and face right in your own home.
The alternative therapy technique uses suction cups to stimulate your skin and muscles. Commonly used to treat soreness, cupping promotes increased blood circulation, which helps relieve muscle tension, promote cell repair, and aid in other regeneration. The technique is widely practiced in Traditional Chinese Medicine, but researchers say that the earliest pictorial records originated in ancient Egypt.
If your body isn’t what you need to cup then there’s also the facial cupping technique. Unlike body cupping, the facial route pulls the skin away from deeper layers of fascia. This allows for an increase in blood flow to the desired area. Rejuvenating your skin without leaving the cup marks that tend to stay when you cup your body.
“Over time this practice improves the complexion and diminishes fine lines and wrinkles,” says Ananda Emily Reese, LAc, of Reese Acupuncture.
Though when you cup your body marks are almost always left behind, they at least serve a purpose. The size, shape, and color are said to reflect the amount of “stagnation” or cellular waste buildup. These marks fade as your lymphatic system processes the waste.
If the new trending therapy technique doesn’t seem like something up your alley just know that it will help brighten your skin, decrease puffiness and also strengthen skin and connective tissues.
Learn more about the new diy cupping trend from the video above.