the greatness of trader joes and cupping!

Before this past weekend, I hadn’t been to Trader Joes in months. It’s slightly out of my way and I usually prefer Sprouts (cheaper).

But..I was leaving my therapy appointment and I had time before the traffic got horrendous, so I stopped by the Trader Joes nearby and grabbed a few things that looked super cool. Trader Joes always has the coolest things/branding!! I wouldn’t necessarily call their products “clean” by any means…but their produce is usually on point. That cookie butter though…..#notsomuch.

I was serious about boosting the whole immune system thing!! I used the frozen fruit (minus the pineapple) to make this smoothie here IMG_4654(1)

I also went to my monthly bodywork massage with my fave Regina. I try not to even use the word massage when I go to her because it’s sooooo much more than that. It’s like slight massage with cupping therapy and muscle manipulation. I’ve learned so much about my body and how I move/walk/sit since going to here- it’s mad.

Anyways, we’ve been doing cupping therapy on the places where I carry the most inflamation/tightness- so basically everywhere. Paying close attention to my traps, shoulders (that left one boyyyy) and lower back. Since I’ve increased my running mileage, we did my thighs this past week and the marks are stilll there!!!

Let me back up- cupping therapy is an ancient technique that uses the suction from the cups to help with inflamatin, muscle flow and relaxation. It can act as like a deep tissue massage, and sometimes the cups can be moved throughout the skin to create a deeper more intense feeling (which I love).

My massage therapist lets the cups sit for like 5 minutes before removing them. My accupunturist likes to light the insides on fire and moves them around my back. Perfection.

This was the cups immediately after we finished. TMI. I thougth it was the coolest thing though LOL

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I will say- I can deal with the cups on my shoulders and traps. But my lower back and quads?!? I was in some pain….and that’s saying a lot coming from me.

It took me a few days before I fully recovered from my session.  My legs felt awkward when I was running and I kept taking breaks. Finally my runs are sooo much better now. I have more power in my legs and I’m learning to sit up in my diaphragm/core and it feels like I’m like gliding.

If you have the option to do a cupping session I would highly recommend it. My husband’s chiropractor did it on his back the other day and he loved it!

Read more about it here.

 

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