• So what is cupping? According to Floating Lotus' Joel Granik, L.A.c "Cupping is a traditional Eastern Medicine treatment in which cups are used to separate the skin from the fascia underneath. This pulls out stagnant blood and fluid that’s causing chronic soreness and pain to be flushed out and allows the body to heal itself naturally."

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  • As we chatted, Joel explained to me there are actually two different ways to cup. The first is fire cupping, which I'm sure is what everyone (including myself) pictures when they think of cupping. The second method is done using a pump which allows for more control over the suction.

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  • This is me with acupuncture needles sticking out of my leg. Since cupping wasn't really an option due to my tricky knee injuries Joel did some good ole' acupuncture. In fact, as he explained to me earlier, he prefers to couple cupping with other treatments like acupuncture.

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  • Okay so here I am getting the full cupping experience. I was actually expecting it to be a little painful but truthfully it's not. I can feel the pressure for sure but it is like a good pressure. As I sat here, it actually became kinda relaxing.

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  • Final result...Do I look like a member of the Team USA swim team yet? Just look at those red cupping marks littered across my back!!

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  • This is my back about 6/7-hours post-cupping and as you can see most of the marks have faded except for two. Where those two darker spots are, that is where most of my upper back issues were, so the fact that they are SO dark is not super shocking to me.

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  • Final thoughts. Would I get cupping done again? Absolutely. In just that one session my upper back feels less tight and I was able to sleep like a baby, I'm talking 8+ hours here, for the first time in months. I'm also looking forward to continuing the acupuncture on my knees. Overall, I really feel my first cupping experience was great and it won't be my last.

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