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What Is Cupping in Santa Barbara and Does It Work?

There are many types of massage therapies available. One you may have heard of and may have even seen on TV is cupping in Santa Barbara.


Before you get this type of massage, you’ll want to know more about it. After all, it looks painful. How can it be beneficial if it leaves you in a lot of pain?


What Is Cupping?

Cupping therapy has been used for centuries. It’s an alternative form of medicine that involves placing cups on the skin to create suction. The cups are made of glass, bamboo, earthenware, and silicone depending on the therapist.


Cupping in Santa Barbara has suddenly become trendy, but it certainly isn’t new. Middle Eastern cultures, the Ancient Egyptians, and the Ancient Chinese all used this form of therapy to help with various problems.


The cupping helps to improve blood flow, reduces inflammation and pain, and offers relaxation benefits. It is not painful despite what it looks like!


Dry vs. Wet Cupping

There are two methods for cupping in Santa Barbara. You can get dry and wet cupping. Both involve the cups and some sort of flammable substance such as herbs or alcohol. Sometimes paper is used in the cup to set on fire. The fire isn’t placed on your skin! Instead, the fire is in the cups and once it goes out, the cup is them placed on the skin.


With both types of cupping, the air will create a vacuum. This leads to the skin to rise and the blood vessels to expand. The cups are only there for three minutes at the most.


With wet cupping, the massage therapist will remove the cup and use a small scalpel to cut the skin lightly. Then there’s a second round of cupping to draw out a little blood from these cups. An antibiotic ointment is used afterward to prevent infection.


Dry cupping only does the first round of cupping. There are no cuts made, and this is the more popular method of cupping in Santa Barbara.


Does It Work?


There have not been any studies into cupping, which makes it harder to tell if there are any real benefits. Could it all be a placebo? Maybe, but is there really any problem with that? If we feel better after cupping in Santa Barbara, isn’t that the main thing?


Cupping helps to expand the blood vessels. This will help with blood flow and circulation, which in turn helps to improve relaxation and lower stress levels. It is thought to help reduce or help with blood disorders, rheumatic disorders, and skin conditions.


It’s also been known to help reduce anxiety and depression. This will be linked to relaxation and the boost of oxytocin in the body. It may also help with migraines, some fertility issues, and some skin conditions. Talk to your massage therapist to see if it’s right for you.


There are a lot of different types of massages and therapies available. Cupping in Santa Barbara could be just right for you.

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