Today the media is full of stories about US Olympic athletes such as Michael Phelps using cupping to recuperate from training, relieve pain and enhance performance. Cupping has been part of Acupuncture and Chinese medicine for over 3,000 years. Cupping is also used in many other cultures across the world. Modern fMRI research has confirmed that cupping enhances microcirculation: this is what releases adhesions between muscles and fascia and helps speed up up recovery from training and injuries. Cupping can also help increase range of motion and thus increase athletic performance. While cupping is a relatively simple and safe procedure when done by someone with correct training, there are contraindications and important things to avoid (such as not cupping near a major artery). To receive the benefits of cupping, seek out an licensed acupuncturist or other medical professional, such an an LMT with specialized training. Book your cupping therapy session with Anna Lunaria, L.Ac. Yin Rising's resident Sports Medicine, Orthopedic Medicine, Pain Management specialist! Schedule a combination acupuncture + bodywork session to try cupping!