Happy Tuesday! We are a little busy this week; we are in the middle of our annual 'Breakfast Club of Canada/ Air Canada Foundation VIP' event, where we host four kids from around Carey's hometown in B.C. They fly to Montreal for a very special few days! We started with a little meet and greet and private skating session with Carey yesterday, and then tonight they will get to watch the game from the Air Canada suite! It is a cool event we look forward to every season. Other than that we are just getting ready to head to Tampa this weekend for the All-Star game!
Anyways, for today's post, I am keeping with the health theme and talking about cupping! Some of you may already know about cupping, but I am always surprised when talking to people, and they say they have never heard about it. So I am just doing a general explanation of what cupping is and showing how Carey and I incorporate it into our routines.
Photo by Marie Photographe
So what is cupping? It is a form of therapy that people use to treat pain, inflammation, blood flow, and relaxation. Some even believe that it removes toxins from the body and works well for to relieve symptoms of the flu, colds, coughs, poor circulation, anxiety, red itchy skin conditions, allergies, and fevers.
In our house, we use silicone cups (bought from Amazon) for many reasons. Carey uses them regularly to keep his body feeling good, help with sore muscles, injuries, circulation, and inflammation.
I use it when I have sore muscles, but I also use the cups for beauty treatments!
You can try out cupping to help with weight loss and cellulite reduction. For more about that you check out this link.
You can also do face cupping(which is what I do)! Face cupping helps with anti-aging and leaves your skin looking healthy and fresh. I found a great article from Vouge online that talk's more about it, "The process of gently, manually sucking up sections of the face improves skin circulation, encourages lymph drainage, tones tissue that is flaccid, and relaxes tightness.“It increases the diffusion and receptivity of skin cell nutrients, stimulates collagen and elastin, and restores new skin tissue.”
A lot of spas offer this service, and it is recommended getting it done professionally, “A skilled practitioner understands facial anatomy and the pathways of the lymph system. Deep relaxation is also hard to achieve when you’re doing it to yourself.”
But with that said I watched a few YouTube videos, and I do it myself and feel like I see results. It is important to go lighter on your face because you want to avoid bruising, but I have never had a problem. I will do it when I think about it or have time, maybe once a week for a few weeks at a time.
When I do it I notice that my skin is tighter, has more color, and plumper (fine lines are harder to see). I will even use it on my lips to plump them up a little.
If you are going to try it at home for sure, take some time and watch a few videos on youtube, so you have a general idea what to do.
This is the kit we have. I keep the smallest one in the bathroom to use on my face. They do sale smaller cups specifically for your face but I find using the one I have gets the job done, I just make sure not to apply too much suction.