Being in your 30s means one thing: you can feel your body’s aches and pains like there is no tomorrow, whether it is after a workout or a stressful day at work. Ever since I increased my sports activities, I have become a fan of massages, like Ventosa. But lo and behold! Apparently, there are new(er) relaxation techniques that may improve the movement of your muscles: cupping and blading.
Let’s clear some things up. First of all, these techniques are okay for people who have sensitive skin. Just make sure you get your cupping and blading therapy from someone who is certified. Also, don’t worry about the skin discoloration (which is usually thought of as bruises). They only last for a few days and are rarely painful.
When I got the therapy done, I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to train in the evening. What I did not know is that cupping is the opposite of a massage. Rather than applying pressure to the muscles, the cup or suction uses pressure to pull the skin, tissue, and muscles upward. I got my therapy done a few days after a jiu-jitsu competition and I felt so much better. Compared to a regular massage where you are told not to do extraneous activities, you may do so afterwards.
Professional athletes, weekend gym goers, and even people who have chronic or general pain can undergo this therapy. For me, knowing that I could move more freely with less tension in my muscles was helpful for jiujitsu.
The best part about this certain service is that you can get it done at home! Major points to Kimmy, a physical therapist who also has PBA players and athletic children as her clients.
Kimmy Acervo (Physical Therapist)