History of Cupping Massage
Since 300 A.D., cupping therapeutic practice has been used in Chinese medicine, however, cupping began being used consistently in 1950s when the effectiveness of cupping was starting to be confirmed and more recognized. In Chinese medicine, pain is the result of congestion, stagnation, and blockage of Qi, or vital energy, vital lymph, and vital blood flow. Therefore, cupping is a method of breaking up the blockage to restore the body’s natural flow of energy. Most recently, cupping massage has grown in popularity through public attention such as celebrities like Michael Phelps and Gwyneth Paltrow who have shown off their cupping marks. In addition, research is more readily proving the effectiveness and benefits including reducing pain intensity and providing short-term benefits.