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Article by Tamim Alnuweiri

[ Ever since Michael Phelps showed up to the Olympics with perfectly circular bruises all over his body, cupping therapy has gone from being an under-the-radar wellness treatment to the sort of thing that seems to be available *everywhere.*

Although it’s only recently entered the mainstream spotlight, cupping therapy is an ancient healing practice that’s been used for thousands of years by Chinese and Egyptian civilizations. In its current and most well-known incarnation, cupping therapy is considered to be a treatment modality in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and is believed by enthusiasts to alleviate a number of ailments and issues like migraines or as a recovery method after tough training sessions.

Using glass or plastic jars (most of the time) to create suction, the cups are placed on acupuncture pressure and trigger points. Through the use of negative pressure, muscle and tissue are contracted and released, which is thought to release toxins, alleviate inflammation, and increase circulation. And although the process will leave you with some peculiar looking polka dots on your body, the treatment and its aftermath are surprisingly painless.

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