Olympic Team USA go crazy for cupping

‘It has saved me from a lot of pain’:
Olympic Team USA go crazy for ancient healing technique called cupping

By DailyMail.com Reporter
07 August 2016
  • Several Team USA athletes have been pictured with small, circular marks
  • They subscribe to  the healing technique called cupping
  • Works by applying class cups to the skin and then creating suction
  • Gymnasts Alex Naddour and Chris Brooks swear by it 
  • Swimmer Michael Phelps also uses it and prefers the cups to be heated

It began with A List celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and now it seems like this year’s Olympics athletes have seen the appeal.

Several Team USA Olympians have been pictured with small, circular marks on their backs and shoulders, indicating that they subscribe to the healing technique called cupping.

The process dates back to Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures and works by applying glass cups to the skin along the meridians of the body, creating suction as a way of stimulating the flow of energy.

Some techniques involve heated cups, which all-world swimmer Michael Phelps favors. He even included footage of himself having the treatment in his new promotional called Rule Yourself.

Team USA gymnast Alex Naddour is also happy to go public and posted an Instagram picture of himself with a cupping mark clearly in view.

Naddour told USA Today that he found cupping ‘provides relief from the soreness and pounding that come from gymnastics’

‘That’s been the secret that I have had through this year that keeps me healthy,’ Naddour said. ‘It’s been better than any money I’ve spent on anything else.’

He added: ‘Our bodies are going to hurt after doing this for so long. It’s the best thing that I’ve ever had.

‘It has saved me from a lot of pain.’

Many of his fellow team mates do the same, with some even carrying it out themselves, by applying the cups and creating suction with a pump.

Team captain Chris Brooks said: ‘You’re like, ‘OK, I’m sore here. Throw a cup on, and your roommate will help you or you can do it yourself.’

Meanwhile, former U.S. Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin has also shown off her own cupping bruises on her Instagram page.

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