Competition in today’s sport seems to have become harsher than ever. Athletes have to train harder to meet the ever rising benchmarks and this is taking a significant toll on their bodies and muscles. After practice sessions or competitions, athletes need to recover as quickly as they can, and almost all of them use massage therapy among other methods to do so.
What Is Sports Cupping?
Sports massage has been around for some time now and has become regular thing among top athletes as well as gym goers, recreational runners and fitness enthusiasts nowadays. One of the massage therapy methods which have gained popularity is cupping massage. Initially, some people were left wondering when they saw round, bruised looking circles on the bodies of some Olympic athletes- most notable being Michael Phelps. Those marks were a consequence of cupping massage. Cupping massage helps with muscle and tissue recovery, alleviating joint pains, respiratory disorders and more.
How Does Cupping Actually Work?
Cupping sets made of plastic, glass or silicone, are used on a person’s body. They come in different sizes and shapes to of fit different body parts. A massage therapist applies cups in one of the two ways. One is with suction, using a suction handle, while other is more traditional approach in which alcohol or some other flammable agent is used. Both methods are effective, and the goal here is to suck the air out of the cup, creating pressure and pulling the skin up. Suction handles are used more commonly. They are applied right to the cup’s valve, maintaining the suction afterwards. Cups are placed at areas of adhesion or restriction, which any massage therapist finds very easily. After the application, cup can be moved around the area or it can stay in one place, depending on the effect the massage therapist wants to achieve. Before the process, an emollient like cocoa butter is applied to create more surface tension.
What Happens During The Cupping Treatment?
Cupping is a decompressive technique, which means that cups gently pull tissues apart in order to make more space between layers of tissue. Our bodies are structured of many layers; even our skin has a few layers. Beneath there is a myofascial layer, a fatty layer, a deeper layer of myofascia and a muscle layer. When stressed or injured, we get adhesions or areas become fixated, locked or cause inflammation in these tissues. Cupping helps to open up and heal these areas. Blood flow is brought to the cupped area and a decompressive pull happens inside. Cups are usually left for about several minutes to do their job. Cupping is often used with other type of massage therapies or treatments. Although it might seem painful, the treatment feels like a nice stretch, while muscles feel relaxed.
Who Can Perform Cupping Massage?
Cupping can be performed by a certified massage therapist. It is beneficial for all athletes and not only swimmers and gymnasts on who cupping marks were usually seen during the Olympics. Anyone can try cupping massage as it’s a natural way of letting the body heal itself. Top athletes around the world have used this method of sports massage, which definitely says a lot about its benefits. It might prove to have excellent effect on your body!
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