Did you see Michael Phelps in his final Olympic run in Rio 2016? Michael and many other Olympic swimmers from around the world looked like they had just lost a fight with a giant octopus. That, my friends, is the result of cupping – a 3000-year-old form of healing brought up by traditional Chinese medicine.
Olympic athletes are some of the best, if not the best, athletes in the world – and they used cupping to heal and repair their bodies. Although that should be enough of a selling point for us (the mere mortals compared to Olympic athletes), let’s be honest, it isn’t
I went in for cupping treatment to help release my right shoulder – more specifically my medial and posterior deltoids. Since I grew up as an avid baseball player and continued to play throughout my college career, my right arm doesn’t work as effectively as I would like it to because of repeated stress.
During the process, the pressure from the cup suction on my skin was definitely noticeable, but my practitioner’s ability to release air as needed allowed for a reduction in pressure if it was uncomfortable. Although I am not one to be afraid of pushing my limits, I left the gauging on what needs to be done with Jordan from Inner Chi, since this is a field I don’t have all the knowledge in. During the session, there was no point or pressure where I felt uncomfortable enough that I wanted them removed.
After the process, the round red marks came quickly, and since then, took 5 days to fully return to normal. But I ask you, who are willing to strike cupping off the list of helping you heal, what is 5 days of pain-free red spots AND the starting steps to a pain-free future for the rest of your life? This is nothing compared to a lifetime of “dealing” with something that could be taken care of if allowed.
The mobility in my shoulder has shown to me, in my day-to-day life, the ability of a wider range of motion. However, one treatment won’t heal this persistent issue that has developed from my youth (15 years of pitching!) So, I will be going again, and since I am a personal trainer, pairing it with specific workouts to aid those muscle groups.