Cupping Therapy is all the rage right now. Major athletes, celebrities, and your local chiropractors are doing it. Until looking into it myself, I had no idea that it has been around since 1,550 B.C. Originally the cups were hollowed out animal horns. Some cupping therapy methods involve heat, herbs, or liquid. There are also many application techniques that suction the skin and fascia to draw blood to these areas. Doing so, may cause pain relief, increased blood flow, relaxation, and aide in deep tissue massage.
When one of our massage therapists said she was interested in getting her certification in cupping therapy, I was thrilled. I was lucky enough to have her work on me and let me tell you, it was nothing like I had expected. The cupping didn't hurt. I was not riddled with circular bruises. In fact, I was so relaxed, I slept. My ever so tight calf muscles were relaxed and I believe with more sessions, my bicep tendinitis may get some relief from this method. If you're curious I would definitely try it out.