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.
Should you find yourself in New York City and in search of a cupping specialist, to help you out I’ve rounded up 5 spots where you can get your Olympian approved cupping fix.
A multifaceted practitioner, Brown has a master’s degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine, is a New York State licensed acupuncturist, and a board-certified herbalist. Her expertise lies in women’s menstrual health and fertility with a holistic dietary and lifestyle approach.
122 West 26th St., Suite 1201, New York, NY 10001; (917) 768 4662
The aim of the Urban Wellness Clinic is to expedite your healing process after an especially grueling spin class. Its approach emphasizes soothing and repairing long and short-term muscle damage or trauma.
57 W 57th St. Suite 1406, New York, NY 10019; (212) 355 0445
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