14 Nov A few ways that cupping massage can help you have a better winter
With the dropping temperatures, we’ve found that cupping to be especially beneficial, helping us feel healthier, warmer, and ready to face the frigid weather. While it might not be intuitive, cupping massage can physically help you with a few unpleasant aspects of the colder weather.
When our bodies feel cold, blood rushes to the core of the body to protect the organs. You’ve probably already noticed that when you’re outside in the winter, your skin will grow paler; when you warm up, your hands and feet may momentarily grow redder. What you’re seeing is blood, which is what keeps your body at a regular temperature! The ability to stimulate local blood flow can then help you warm up, and help you alleviate muscular tensions and pains that can become more severe as the temperature drops.
While it’s possible to use plastic cups for a massage, silicone cups tend to be more practical, since their flexible edges can hug the contours of the body more closely. They can be purchased as a part of a set, or individually; our 50 mm clear silicone cup is generally used for the thighs, while the 30mm silicone cup is more commonly used for the arms and wrists. Individuals with very small wrists may prefer facial cups for this purpose. For a full body cupping massage, consider buying our silicone cupping set.
Coming in from the cold
Because cupping stimulate circulation, it can help you warm up faster! It’s one of the lesser known, practical application of cupping. It’s particularly useful for warming up your extremities, as they tend not to preserve enough blood flow when your body gets colder.
We recommend a gentle lotion for this particular use. Since winter months are so dry, they tend to make skin brittle and prone to cracking, and a deeply hydrating lotion can help your skin feel smoother. Bon Vital’s Therapeutic Touch lotion is particularly good for this purpose.
After a work out
By increasing blood flow to specific areas in your body, cupping boosts muscular regeneration. If you suspect you’ve worked out your shoulders a bit too hard, for example, you can massage this area with cups shortly after your work out to help stimulate more blood flow to the area. A cupping treatment on the same day – preferably within half an hour to two hours – will have a preventative effect, relieving muscular stiffness and tensions before they happen.