The skin discolouration can last anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks, but is rarely painful. Frequently, the practitioner will apply a lubricant to the skin before placing the cups, and then move the cups back and forth across certain area of the body. The 33-year-old started cupping about two years ago and was quoted in WSJ saying, “As an athlete, I want to play as long as possible, in order to do that, I need to find ways to protect my body. I often combine cupping with acupuncture into one treatment, but it could also be used alone. The glass cups are de pressurized by providing some fire in the cup to heat up the air within just prior to placement. One way to think about cupping is that it is the inverse of massage. The practice -- known as trepanation -- is considered by experts to be the oldest form of neurosurgery. The traditional method uses fire. Cupping set, from London, England, 1860–1875. Phelps would go on to earn his 19th gold medal. Last April, Jennifer Aniston arrived at the premier of her film, “Call Me Crazy” looking stunning in a strapless black dress which revealed cupping marks.
In.ncient Greece, Hippocrates c. 400 BC used cupping for internal disease and structural problems. This method is called “fire cupping.” In other words, bruising is likely to occur. As the air inside the cup cools, it creates a vacuum. In August The Wall Street Journal reported on the multitude of bets players using cupping .