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With a particular international competition captivating most of the world right now, the health and wellness experts at Yoga Den in Jacksonville have been getting a lot of questions about one of our lesser known services: Cupping.

The reason for this sudden spike in interest stems directly from the signs of cupping that people are seeing on the athletes’ bodies. If these elite athletes think cupping is a worthwhile health and wellness technique, many ordinary citizens have started to be curious about what it can bring to their wellness journey.

Keep reading to discover more about cupping and how it could help you achieve total health and wellness in Jacksonville!

Cupping Has Been Practiced In Chinese Medicine For Centuries

Many natural techniques that are popular today have their root in ancient practices. For hundreds of years, natural medical practitioners have used cupping to detox and stimulate the body.

How Does Cupping Work?

At our health and wellness center in Jacksonville, cupping is accomplished with the use of glass cups that are placed on the skin. Heat is applied to create a lack of oxygen–a vacuum–inside the cup before it’s quickly placed on the body.

According to health and wellness practitioners, the suction created by this act pulls stagnant blood (and the pain and disease that come along with it) out of the body. When the suction cups are removed, new, healthy blood is allowed to rush into the area, triggering a healing effect.

What Are Side Effects Of Cupping?

If you’ve been watching any of the elite athletes representing the United States, you may have noticed that they have strange spots on their body. It may have been these spots that caused you to research cupping in the first place.

It’s true, depending on how stagnant the blood is to begin with, cupping can leave dark red suction spots on the skin. These spots are similar to what happens when you get a “hickey” and will eventually disappear.

Athletes Who Are Using Cupping For Health And Wellness

If you’ve been watching this year’s international competition closely, you may have noticed cupping marks worn proudly by these and other athletes:

  • Michael Phelps
  • Alex Naddour
  • LaShawn Merritt
  • Hope Solo
  • More!

These athletes swear by the health and wellness procedure inspired by Eastern medicine, saying that it helps them to combat the intense muscle fatigue and soreness that occurs during competition.

“[Cupping has] been the secret that I have had through this year that keeps me healthy,” Naddour told USA Today reporters. “It’s been better than any money I’ve spent on anything else.”

Are you interested in what cupping can do for your overall health and wellness?

The Yoga Den is proud to be a premiere provider of cupping and other Eastern medicinal practices in Jacksonville. If you’d like to explore more about cupping or schedule an appointment to experience this treatment for yourself, contact The Yoga Den today!

We’d be more than happy to explain the process to you in full, give you a demonstration, and address any concerns that you might have.