Cupping, the Asian Method for Lymphatic Drainage is NOW AVAILABLE at Wink iBoutique
Traditional Asian medicine has brought us some of today’s top beauty and wellness gems — from anti-aging herbs and teas to jade rolling and turmeric. If you’re always looking for the latest trends to try that will have you feeling and looking your best, you should try cupping!
What is Cupping?
Cupping was developed thousands of years ago by the Chinese and Egyptians. It is a healing therapy that uses plastic, glass, or bamboo jars on the skin to produce a vacuum that gently sucks the skin tissue into the jar. The cups suction the skin and help begin the process of toxin removal, alleviate pain, and boost the circulatory system.
Cupping is also a very powerful lymphatic drainage treatment because it helps move excess fluids or toxins from the tissues — this draining is one of the main ways the body detoxifies. Cupping can be done on the face and/or body.
What is the Lymphatic System?
The lymphatic system is made up of lymphatic vessels connected to lymph nodes, where the lymph is filtered. Lymphs help rid the body of waste, toxins, and other unwanted materials. The body is home to hundreds of lymph nodes, and they are found deep inside of the body, including around the lungs and heart. They can also be found close to the surface, like under the arms or groins.
Your tonsils, adenoids, spleen, and thymus are also all part of the lymphatic system. Why is this important? Well, the spleen sits right above the kidney on the left and controls red blood cells and storage and fights infection. The thymus is a small organ above the heart that stores young lymphocytes (specialized white blood cells) and equips them to become active T cells that help destroy infected or cancerous cells. The lymphatic system works to keep the body healthy by eliminating infections and diseases.
Cupping’s Impact on Lymphs
Regular lymph cupping can help improve immunity because increasing lymphatic output improves the immune system’s capability to detoxify the body and respond to stressors, such as disease, chemicals, stress, and environmental factors.
Lymph stagnation can also lead to headaches that start as fluid pressure in the back of the neck.
As cupping stretches the lymphatic vessels open, rather than closing them, the action increases lymphatic fluid movement locally and systematically with cumulative treatments thus relieving pain and pressure.
Conditions Cupping Can Treat
There are a number of health issues that respond well to cupping, including:
Stress and anxiety
Pain, particularly lower back pain
Muscle aches and pains
Benefits of Cupping
Cupping has been shown to:
Increase oxygen-rich blood circulation
Stimulate cells responsible for collagen production
Relax muscle tension
Strengthen the skin and connective tissues
Because of these mechanisms, cupping is said to have the following benefits:
Brightens the skin
Minimizes the appearance of scars, fine lines, and wrinkles
Tones the chin, jawline, neck, and décolletage
Decreases skin puffiness
Regulates oil production
Improve nutrient delivery and product absorption
Are you ready to start reaping the benefits of cupping firsthand? Schedule an appointment for our Cup & Tone facial or Curv Body Cupping at Wink iBoutique Town & Country today!