Releasing Held Traumas
by Cailin O'Hara, MAcOM, LAc, Dipl OM
Spooky title, huh? Don't freak out and cancel your next appointment. :)
You’re going to be surprised how obvious this is after I explain.
Some of the darkest, most intense cup marks I have seen were not on patients with pain but patients with significant past emotional trauma.
According to Chinese medicine, this makes perfect sense.
But you may wonder how emotions are related to your body.
Allow me to explain.
Something happens to you that is jolting, shocking, upsetting, painful, etc.
(physically or emotionally)
It then creates an imprint in your physiology… a true shock to the system, if you will.
Your systems become blocked, impaired, sluggish.
(We refer to this as “stagnation” in Chinese medicine.)
If nothing is done to move this stagnation, it continues to accumulate.
You experience worsening physical and emotional symptoms.
You’re fed up and ready for legit healing.
You come to see me, and we opt for cupping.
I use a gentle, sliding method and we analyze the color and severity of the markings.
(the marks are not painful, FYI)
In a few days, you report feeling “brand new,” like a weight has been lifted off of you.
So, what does cupping do?
It moves stagnation.
Dr. Cailin O'Hara, DACM, LAc, Dipl OM, is a nationally board certified Doctor of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, herbalist and coach. She is based in Phoenix, AZ.