If you have been watching the Olympic coverage you might have noticed that a lot of the athletes including Michael Phelps have dark circles on their skin. These circles are the result of cupping.
Cupping has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries and has a wide range of benefits. The main reason it’s being used at the moment by athletes is that as it helps increase blood flow it aids them with muscle soreness.
But muscle soreness is not the only benefit that cupping brings to someone with an active lifestyle.
Some other benefits that athletes like Michael Phelps are getting from cupping are:
1 Assists toxin drainage in the lymphatic system.
2 Helps with poor circulation.
3 Increased blood flow helps reduce pain.
4 It helps reduce stress.
5 Relaxes muscles.
Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what this ancient technique can do. But if your focus is on staying fit and working out these are the areas where it can help you.