Alternative title: Because sometimes going to the GP’s office becomes lot like listening to a broken record … While smashing your head on the table next to the record player.
During my last GP appointment I mentioned that my Migraines have been flaring a lot more than usual and wondered if there was something else we could try … Unfortunately it appears I have worked my way through the majority of the drugs they offer and those that remain are in the groups that I am known to react to. Brilliant. Just freaking brilliant.
Once again I am left with cocodamol or spork … My choice. I should point out that neither were particularly useful when I hurled my guts at work and couldn’t figure out the way back to my desk during a delightful Migraine attack. I had to be driven home by the boss! Again! Just ugh.
It feels like I have no control over my body and/or brain with my various ailments and my constant reliance on pure medicine is proving … Underwhelming. So, this is a “why the hell not” to trying complementary/alternative/holistic medicines alongside …
So, what is cupping I hear you ask? Well, in a nutshell, a cup is placed onto the skin and creates a vacuum (this can be done either by heating then cooling the cup or by a mechanical pump) resulting in skin being partially sucked into the cup. Sounds delightful doesn’t it?!
Why you ask? … Basically they work on the meridian lines within the body known for controlling the flow of Qi (chi). By applying cups to certain acupuncture points it’s possible to remove stagnant blood, lymph, toxins and Qi … Who wouldn’t want to remove that! … This also stimulates the flow of fresh blood, lymph and Qi! Win-win!
In my session we were working on the meridian lines on my back associated with Anxiety, Depression and Hypothyroidism. I have to confess the whole thing sounded a little … Peculiar. But I shrugged, whipped my top off and face planted on the bed (which is exactly what I did when I got a back tattoo and the artist told me about how many times he’d pierced his bits-and-bobs out of sheer boredom at 4am that morning … Story for another day perhaps). By the way, how weird are the therapy/massage beds? Face all smushed into that cushioned head rest thing! Very odd.
My therapist applied a massage oil before heating up the glass cups (with fire! How freaking cool is that?! FIRE!) and placing them onto my skin. Only one of the cups was fixed throughout the session (the one at the base of the neck as she believed this area would be choc full of stagnant crap and was contributing to Migraines*) the rest were moved after a couple of minutes. I remember my therapist saying we were focusing on the Kidney Meridian as that has a role in endocrine function (*ahem* Thyroid *ahem*) but she was talking about the Anxiety/Depression side during the massage portion of it so my body and brain were literally focused on the sensation (I legit could have slept I was so chilled at that point)! Promise I’ll take a note book to my next session to get the details on that bit.
So if you’ve got this far you’re probably wondering how it actually felt? To be honest, I half expected a ‘shhhlup’ sound when the skin was sucked into the cup … I was disappointed that there wasn’t! What there was, was a tightening feeling – it wasn’t uncomfortable or painful as such and to me it felt pretty good!
Obviously this would be unique to each person as I’ve been told that some find it painful, others find it uncomfortable, others find it ticklish in places (totally guilty of that one) it’s all about your own body and how it feels.
And my body freaking loved it!
I can’t say it’s worked one way or the other after just one session (as that would be foolish)… So I’ve booked in for another round!
So lovelies, have you ever tried any holistic/alternative medicines for your ailments? Did they work or were they an utter disaster?
*We are revisiting the Migraines at the next session as my therapist believes they would respond better to Acupuncture and Electro-Acupuncture Therapy – which I am totally excited to try out!