Also known as cupping therapy, a ventosa massage is a relatively ancient form of alternative medicine where a therapist uses special heated cups on your skin. The cups, traditionally made of bamboo and now ceramic or glass, suck your skin up and increase blood flow in the target region.
The ventosa cupping massage therapy is believed to increase the flow of qi (life force) in the affected area. It is used to remedy conditions that cause muscle aches as well as shingles, facial paralysis, acne, cervical spondylosis, and dyspnea.
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Cupping was reportedly first practiced by Ge Hong, a famous alchemist/herbalist who lived between 281 and 341 A.D. It was used to restore the body’s balance between yin and yang (positive and negative forces). It was thought to help the body in resisting pathogens and reducing pain.
Presently, more evidence points to the potential of ventosa massage therapy to treat many more conditions. It is now used in health spas and some hospitals for its supposed ability to:
Improve blood circulation by expanding capillaries and improving blood pressure.
Promote better skin health by reducing the effect of various conditions such as acne, inflammation, and even herpes.
Help relieve stress.
It is used to help with the therapy of pain and reducing deep scar tissue in your muscles.
Used in the treatment of asthma as well as bronchitis
Enhance detoxification by stimulating the release of toxins from the body.
Treat muscle knots, swelling, and connective tissue problems.
Minimize migraines and fatigue.
Your therapist lights up a cotton ball (probably after dipping it in some form of alcohol) and uses it to heat up the air inside the glass cup. They then place the heated cup on your body, often the back, and you feel the suction force increase gradually as the glass cools down.
Depending on your level of experience and pain tolerance, your ventosa cupping massage therapist might use any of the following variations of the therapy:
Stationary ventosa: Where the cups are positioned on meridian points and left stationary for at least 5-15 minutes.
Olive ventosa: Your body is soothed with olive oil (or any other relevant massaging oil) before the cups are put in place. More often, the cup is moved in strokes akin to a conventional massage after they cool down.
Walking ventosa: Ideal for starters; this type involves moving the cups on your body constantly, not letting anyone of them stay stationary for more than a second.
Ventosa with acupuncture: Where acupuncture needles are placed between the cups to enhance blood circulation further.
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