During cupping, the body’s self-healing mechanisms are stimulated by the increase in blood flow, oxygen and nutrients. Stagnation and congestion in the tissues is also reduced.
The term aromatherapy, simply put, means treatment through the use of a pleasant scent. Even before the term originated, ancient cultures used essential oils from the fragrant parts of plants for medicinal purposes. In the 1930's a French chemist experimented with lavender oil and found that it helped heal a burn. Shortly thereafter, wounded WW II soldiers in France were being treated successfully with essential oils.
It is common to hear complaints about aching backs, sore shoulders and stiff necks. Chronic tension in these areas is often caused by how we use our bodies as we go about our daily routines. Hunching over a desk for hours at a time, carrying trays full of food on one shoulder or bending improperly while lifting objects are just a few examples of what can cause repetitive use injuries to a muscle.
One of the main functions of our body’s immune system is to produce inflammation as a way of protecting an area that has been compromised. This acute inflammatory process helps remove harmful invaders from our system to prevent infections and aides in the healing process. In this way, inflammation is like stress; it can be beneficial in small doses at appropriate times but when it gets out of control it is damaging.