Cupping is the process of applying heat to a special cup and then applying the cup to the skin. As the heat dissipates, it creates a vacuum. According to traditional Chinese medicine practitioners, this draws the blood to the surface of the skin, increasing blood flow to places where it might be congested.
“I’ve done it before meets, pretty much every meet I go to,” says Phelps.
Jessica Neuman Beck is a writer, web designer and coffee addict from Portland, OR. She does not like cilantro. She has two kids and two cats, all of whom have opposable thumbs. It vexes her when people say “less” when they mean “fewer.”