Updated: Jan 5, 2021
And why you should be doing it right now.
Staying healthy during the quarantine has been the goal but despite all of our efforts, it seems 2020 has taken its toll on our physical and mental health. As we return to (socially- distanced) life, we look to ways of detoxifying and balancing our energy.
I was first introduced to Wet Cupping ( Hijama) 8 years ago by an ex who mentioned it was a great alternative therapy to treat my anxiety. It worked so well, I managed to get rid of him too. Since then I have been a full-fledge cupping enthusiast. I use it to treat my PCOS, release toxins, reduce inflammation and treat pain.
WTF is Wet Cupping?
Wet Cupping is a therapy that has been in use since 1500BC in ancient Egypt and China. It is based on the belief that certain health problems are a result of built-up toxins in the body. Removing stagnated blood improves blood circulation and boosts your immune system.
How does it work?
The treatment begins with a full consultation and blood pressure check. The certified practitioner will then decide which pressure points to treat. I go to Curative Cupping and am a client of the clinic's director Umm Ayyub. She has always made me feel relaxed, so much so that she's even has given me mini therapy sessions!
"The therapeutic process involves the application of cups on various points of the body. A negative pressure (suction) created by using a hand pump is followed by applying small, superficial scratches or incisions onto the skin at the same location point on the body, performed by using a sterile surgical instrument that is disposable. The cups are then re-applied, and suction is applied again. The toxic blood is gradually drawn out and then safely disposed of." - Curative Cupping
Does it hurt?
The experience is incredibly satisfying as the cups are placed and the suction begins - you can instantly feel a release of tension. The cups are removed and the practitioner will create small superficial incisions, little scratches where the cups were removed. Concentrate on how good you're going to feel and it goes by rather quickly. The cups are then placed back on and the detoxification begins. All the stagnant yuck (my words) comes out and good riddance!
Did Anybody say hickey?
Finally a hickey we can be proud of!
Once the process is completed, you will be left with circular bruises where the cups were removed. This is completely normal as your body just removed all the toxins. The tiny scratches will heal in a week but the results could be felt almost immediately.
“Cupping Therapy is an ancient medical treatment that relies upon creating a local suction to mobilise blood flow in order to promote healing“
Can we say no more toxic energy in 2020?!