When I lived in Vietnam, massages were a guilty pleasure of mine. I used to get at least one a week. My attraction to massages sprang from my constant struggle with neck and backpain. Playing contact sports coupled with a car accident in my teens, had left me with problems with my back and neck for years. Usually opting for the deep tissue massage, I wanted something that was more relaxing yet still equally as beneficial. I was ready to sample anything that might relieve my aches and tension.
Friday night zen
As soon as I entered the spa, it was an instant relaxant, a massive juxtaposition to the craziness that is ‘town’ on a Friday in the run up to Christmas. Entering Spa Satori, I was greeted by warm smiles, a soothing lavender and wheat heat pack for my shoulders and offered a range of herbal teas. All this while I completed the Spas health questionnaire, already I felt pampered and I had just walked through the door. Explaining my issues between sips of herbal tea, the therapist asked whether I’dbe interested in trying cupping therapy. I was a bit hesitant, I decided to give it a go as it sounded like it was just the treatment I was looking for.
What IS cupping anyway?
The cups are placed over the areas where pain is present, and then the air is sucked up which pulls the skin and tissue into the cup. It allows the massage to penetrate deeper into the tissue which was perfect, as the main reason for my massage was to soften my tightened muscles and loosen knots built up over the years.
- stiff muscles
- stress, migraines
- fatigue and
- and back and neck pain.
Instead of exerting pressure on the different points of the body for healing, massage cupping usessuction to tug the skin, tissues and muscles upwards.