Back in 2008, the Olympics were in China. This was only 2 years since I had been back from training in Hunan China.
It was the first time many people were introduced to cupping and other Chinese health practices such as tai ji and qi gong.
Many of the swimmers are using cupping to help with their back pain. Since then swimmers and other athletes all over the world have begun to use cupping.
What is Cupping?
Cupping is an ancient therapy which reduces pain and promotes healing by increasing the circulation. In the procedure is quite simple and effective. A vacuum is created in a cup through the use of a small flame or a vacuum pump. The cup is “stuck” to the patients body, creating small round bruises.
The cupping stimulates relaxation and healing of the muscles. The cups stay on for about 5-10 minutes.
It is a great therapy, I do it all the time.