With its telltale skin welts and recent popularity with Olympians, cupping therapy has become a sought-after modality. The ancient practice of using suction to stimulate blood flow has been a trusted tool of healers for thousands of years. Today, it’s an excellent compliment for massage practices focused on all kinds of work, from sports massage to energy-based bodywork.
If you flip through photos of 2016 Olympians, you may notice something strange. Enormous, dark red spots are dotting the backs, shoulders, legs and chests of the world’s greatest athletes. It isn’t a rash or an illness. The perfectly round bruises are from cupping, a derivative of acupuncture and… Read more »