It’s probably been all over your newsfeed: What the heck are those purple dots on Michael Phelps back?
The marks are the result of a cupping, a Chinese medicine technique that has been used for generations. Currently, it’s all the rage with Team USA from swimmers to gymnasts and other athletes.
You can try it for yourself at Yuan Spa in Bellevue. The spa offers cupping.
“Our clients who come in for this service can’t do without it,” said Sasha Sampson, Director of Yuan Spa, “and while they might not be Olympic athletes, their muscle tension is just as intense to them and cupping does a world of difference to alleviate it.”
Special cups are placed on the skin and then heat, or an air pump, suctions the cup to the skin, pulling the skin up and away from the muscle. It’s thought that the technique improves circulation.
According to the spa, the treatment draws out toxic build up and helps with healthier tissue function.