BUT HAVE YOU TRIED CUPPING?
If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know all about Sente Bella Med Spa and how I religiously use their services. From laser hair removal to massages and facials, I trust the technicians and massage therapists at Sente Bella with my life (well... with my body but you get it). Don't worry, I won't be flooding you with information about why I'm so addicted to this Downtown San Diego based med spa in this blog post. While I have no issue professing my love for this comfy oasis, I have a very serious subject to talk to you all about today:
Like anyone considering getting a cupping massage, I was hesitant and nervous regardless of the benefits which include pain relief, stress relief, detoxing, lymphatic drainage, etc. etc. I mean... we've all seen the bruises they leave!
I'm here to tell you, push your nerves to the side and let your body LIVE!
-OK SO- I'm CONSTANTLY on my feet. I don't have the greatest posture. I wear heels fairly often- which is rough on my flat (af) feet. I sleep in awkward positions that leave my neck kinked frequently. The list goes on and on. I use my styrofoam back roller almost every day which works serious wonders along with stretching but even frequent rolling doesn't seize the reoccurring pinching pain in my neck.
SO when I started doing my research on cupping, I was pleasantly surprised by just how enthusiastic the reviewers were about this ancient form of therapy. I decided to give it a go. First off, I just want to throw out there that if you have any questions about how to handle your pain, the massage therapist at Sente Bella, Jen Walker, is your GO TO GAL! She is so knowledgeable when it comes to pain and pressure points around your body. As soon as I walked into the room, Jen goes, "Well I can tell you wear heels pretty often." SHE COULD TELL JUST BY LOOKING AT MY BACK!
Then we got down to business. Jen mentioned I might feel major pulling and tension in my back as the process moved along and while I did feel just that, I also felt myself going deeper and deeper into a state of relaxation. She starts the process off by oiling up my back with calming essential oils and then places the cups on my pain points. After leaving the "cups" for a couple of minutes right where they are, she then starts dragging them across my skin to make sure my entire back would benefit from the therapy.
I was told I wouldn't feel the results from the massage right away but that wasn't the case for me and (of course) everyone is different. I felt INSTANT relief. I felt like hiking the tallest mountain in San Diego to scream from the peak "ATTENTION EVERYONE. CUPPING IS GOOD! CUPPING IS GREAT! THIS IS THE BEE'S KNEES! CUPPING!" (Pineapple Express reference). I decided to save my breath and type about it instead.
If you have any questions about cupping, I'm more than happy to answer! All I can really tell you right now is YES it works and YES I'll be participating in cupping massages for the rest of my life.
Also, I just want to mention that SBMS is CONSTANTLY hosting great deals on their services. To stay in the loop about future discounts, follow them on Instagram here.