Don’t Try Hijama in UAE Without Reading This Article
Cupping therapy started burgeoning in the past years after athletes and celebrities began posting pictures of themselves with circular bruises on social media. Sure, it was propelled to stardom by these famous personalities, but cupping therapy is no spring chicken. According to historical records, people have been treating their health conditions with cupping therapy since 3,300 B.C., and one of them was none other than Prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam.
Curious about cupping therapy? Here are things that you need to know before you try it.
- What is cupping therapy?
- Commonly referred to as Hijama in the Middle East, cupping therapy is the complete opposite of massage. During a massage, the therapist applies pressure to the muscles, while cupping therapy uses suction with the help of special cups to lift the muscles. In other words, massage is “push” while cupping therapy is “pull.”
- There is more than one kind of cupping therapy
- Dry cupping – cups are placed on various parts of the body to create suction.
- Dry massage cupping – similar to dry cupping but oil is applied on the skin before the cups are placed. This allows the cups to be easily maneuvered.
- Wet cupping – small incisions are made on the sections of the skin where the cups will be placed, drawing small quantities of blood.
Moreover, there are two ways Hijama therapists do to create suction within the cup. The traditional method is by igniting a flammable material inside the cups before placing them upside down on the skin. The modern technique uses a mechanical pump which creates the same vacuum-like effect.
- You can cup any part of your body
- When you hear the words “cupping therapy” or “Hijama,” an image that will most probably pop up in your head is of a person lying on their stomach with cups on their back. But what you probably should know is that cupping therapy can be done on any part of your body that needs healing. Prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam, did cupping on the side and base of the neck, head, hips, and top of the foot. On the other hand, Michael Phelps, a 28-time Olympic medalist, used cupping on his back and shoulders.
- One session of cupping therapy won’t take long
- The duration of both dry and wet cupping takes about 20 minutes. It is enough time to pull your fascia and draw substantial amounts of blood to induce relaxation and other health benefits.
- Cupping therapy doesn’t hurt at all
- Even though the skin underneath the cups rise until it forms a reddish bulge, cupping therapy is not as painful as it looks. Some say that here’s an odd sensation they felt at the start but it immediately went away. Overall, people who have tried cupping felt relaxed and said it was a soothing experience.
- Cupping marks may stay with you for a while
- This justifies the pictures of athletes and celebrities with cupping marks because these painless bruises need at least one to two weeks to fade away completely.
Adam and Eve Cosmetic Centre offers the best cupping therapy in Abu Dhabi, and if this relaxing treatment has piqued your curiosity now is the time to have a go.