Have you ever heard of Cupping Therapy or seen what someone looks like after having a treatment? Well here ya go…!

This is what my back looks like two days post treatment, no it does not hurt and yes, it is very effective for me! I discovered cupping through my acupuncturist and Chinese herb practitioner, whom I started working with in 2015. Cupping therapy is an ancient form of an alternative medicine in which a trained therapist puts special cups on your skin for a short period of time to create suction. Cupping is used to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation, well-being and many other physical, mental and emotional ailments. Cupping, along with acupuncture and Chinese herbs have become a welcomed, regular and integral part of my health and wellness regimen. As a matter of fact, without these practices along with whole food nutrition and STRONG sleeping habits, I would absolutely not have a “regular” fitness routine. These alternative therapies have become the recovery methods that allow my mind and body to heal from regular day to day stress as well as the purposeful stress that exercise puts on my body.

About 10 years ago my body started to rebel against me. I suffered from digestive issues, severe skin problems, extremely painful and irregular cycles, constant pain in my muscles and joints, crazy fatigue, body temperature issues, and of course anxiety and depression came with all of this…because why not… they were like the whip topping on my shit sundae! Up to this point in my life I had been a competitive athlete and exercise enthusiast, it is JUST. WHO. I. WAS. My older brother use to joke that I came out of the womb doing dips and lunged away from my mom 🙂 Now, most days I couldn’t imagine working out because I couldn’t even get out of bed, I was a physical mess and I was scared! So many thoughts went through my mind at this time, but my greatest fear was I would no longer be able to work as a trainer because I could no longer exercise myself. After seeing multiple physicians of different types without resolve I was directed into the unknown world of alternative medicine, THANK GOODNESS!!!

It has taken 3 different practitioners working together, along with a few hospital visits to determine that I have an autoimmune bowel disease that was severely effecting my physical health as well as my mental well-being. At 37 my whole perspective and understanding of health and wellness is drastically different than what it use to be. I still LOVE exercise, as much for my mentality as for my body. Thanks to the discovery and addition of alternative medicine and therapies, I can continue my regular exercise routine that includes strength training, running, yoga and other activities pain free AND still maintain my health! Cupping, acupuncture and Chinese medicine have been used to treat ENDLESS ailments dating all the way back to B.C!!! If you are struggling with physical and/or mental ailments without resolve and are interested in learning more please check out http://www.ohacu.com, Ohio Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine.