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Fitness Update: Cupping For Pain Relief?

1 March 2018

Remedial Massage and Cupping Ok so this isn’t really a fitness update!

I hurt my lower back/hip a while ago. I ignored it for a while, and I stopped exercising for about 3 weeks.

The pain got SO BAD… that I finally decided to get a remedial massage, mainly because I was given a gift voucher. Plus, I’ve had remedial massages in the past and they have always worked for me!

Since the session didn’t cost me anything, the massage lady kind of talked me into trying “cupping therapy”.

I’d never done it before. I knew what it was.

It didn’t sound so bad. Ah why not?

The lady even showed me AFTER photos on her phone, so I would fully understand what I was in for. Omg I was willing to give anything a go!

The lady sterilised and heated up 8 glass cups (they looked like they were straight from The Reject Shop Outdoor Lighting Section) and placed them ALL OVER MY BARE BOTTOM.

I looked like a… firefly?

I coughed. And my bum wobbled a bit and made all the glasses clink-clink together like a cheers boomerang haha.

The massage was 60 minutes. It felt awesome. It hurt so freaking much as she manipulated all the muscles in my lower back and hip and I almost cried.

The cupping was 15 minutes. It felt awkward.

Overall, I didn’t like the feel of it. It felt too tight across the surface of my skin and the “pulling” effect didn’t seem to go into the deep tissue (where the pain was).

But worst of all, I had deep, dark, and I mean really DAAAARKKK beetroot red-purple-almost black dots on my bum. I looked like a ladybug!

(Yes yes, I saw the photos, I knew what I was in for.)

They were painless, but SOOOooooOOOooooo dark and red.

I was quite embarrassed by them. I didn’t want to wear shorts, swimsuits, or low rise anything that would exposed my hip… in case they would peek out from under my clothes.

For 7 days I was TERRIFIED that I would have the dotty marks on my skin FOREVER, and that I had TOTALLY RUINED my chances of a swimwear modelling career (only kidding) and that I had permanently ruptured all the capillaries in my butt.

After 10 days they all disappeared – thank goodness!

I did take a photo of the marks/bruises (on my bottom), but they were definitely NOT for appropriate for sharing!

I know cupping is an ancient, alternative therapy… unfortunately I didn’t feel much benefit from it. While it didn’t hurt, I felt that the subsequent bruises were too inconvenient and stressful for me… so I won’t be doing it again!