Cupping with Anne Adametz, Acupuncturist, Yoga Mentor
This Olympics, Michael Phelps surprised us with large purple circles on his back which is known as cupping. Cupping Therapy is both a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and has been practiced for 2000 years by many cultures and for all ages around the world to invigorate, detoxify and increase circulation.
What to look for when finding someone to cup you.
- Experience. Anne has been cupping everyone from children to athletes for the past 11 years, including baseball players, rotator cuff repairs, back, neck and hip issues, the list goes on and on.
- Confidence. Cupping with fire is the absolute echelon of the art, fire is detoxifying in itself, and a good suction with the right movement of the cups can be the difference from a neat sensation and a transformation. See this video of Michael Phelps getting fire cupped, this is the kind of cupping Anne rocks.
- Testimonials. Make sure you’ve researched the education and efficacy of your cupper, Anne has a 3 year 1500 hour degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and has logged hundreds of hours to this art. Check out the testimonial at the top of this page.
How does it work?
Anne uses fire to safely create a negative air pressure vacuum in the cups, which are then brought to the skin suctioning the tissue. This suction is able to draw up muscle as well as the thin covering (fascia) which often gets “glued down” and prevents blood flow to freely nourish muscle. The “knots” we experience often contain stagnant blood, as evidence when the cup draws up dark purple dots to the skin. One will notice where stagnation or pain occurs, there will be darker, or older stagnant blood deposits, which is not the same as a bruise. Bruising occurs when the skin is impacted, and this drawing out of old stagnation is called the Sha. Think of cupping as a detoxifying massage in reverse. Cups can be used to draw out early colds, known as flash cupping, or to draw out old injury and knots, tension and toxins.
Here are some common uses for cupping:
* Athletes pre/post training support and rehabilitation
* Pain in neck, shoulders, hips, legs
* Early Colds and Illness
* Increasing Circulation
* Frozen Shoulder
* Cystic Fibrosis
* Post Operation for Shoulder injury
* Detoxify (smoking cessation, etc)
What does it feel like?
Cupping feels like a tight suction, there is a strong sensation but many report it is a relieving feeling, not painful. The result from cupping can be soreness, which is from the fascia, muscle and tissue being moved, this is a normal expectation. One should keep the area covered and not expose to water for 24 hours. One can also expect marks from the sha, which look like bruises.
Should I try Cupping?
If you have had a long standing throb in neck hips back or shoulders that remains unmoved by massage or stretching, you may be an excellent candidate for cupping. Cupping has many uses, and Anne is trained to lightly or deeply cup depending on your comfort level. She has cupped hundreds of people, for over 8 years, from children to the elderly safely and professionally.
Are there Contraindications?
Some skin issues are not suitable for cupping, lack of muscle, or areas that have hair are not good for cupping, this can be determined during session. While fire is used, precautions are taken and burn cream is applied to prevent burns.
Many people report deep relief from long standing knots and muscle pain, faster detoxifying and freedom of movement. Cupping is part of a regular treatment. You can combine it with acupuncture or take a full session for cupping, the price per sessions are the same regardless. Each session will have an intake and treatment and can include any of Anne’s offerings including essential oils, acupuncture, cupping, yoga mentoring and more.