The ancient art of cupping has been utilized by healers and lay people in many cultures. Cupping is a suction technique designed to pull toxin build-up and muscle spasm from the body’s deeper tissue to the surface of the skin. Physical pain implies a blockage in the flow of energy through a particular area. Utilizing cupping techniques we are able, by vacuum or suction, to pull the blockage out of the deeper tissue and move it to the skin’s surface.

Cupping is an extraordinary technique, and its effects are immediate. The healing process may be shortened by weeks or even months by using cupping, a method that manually removes the energy blockage in ways that acupuncture needles cannot.

I Went for the Gold and Tried Cupping: Here’s What Happened

by Maggie Peikon

Let the record show: I’ve been wanting to try cupping long before it made its Olympic debut.

That being said, after watching countless YouTube videos of cupping therapy and perusing Google images I wasn’t exactly running out the door to try it. It looks pretty intense.

But seeing Olympic athletes—who likely wouldn’t compromise their health for anything—with cupping marks made me a little less apprehensive. If Michael Phelps will do it, so will I. So with a bit of nervousness, I set out to the holistic healers at Huntington Acupuncture & Healing to give cupping a try.