Although cupping is becoming much more popular for professional and amateur athletes, people are still skeptical to try. It’s understandable - if you know nothing about cupping, the sight of cupping marks can give you pause.
But Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson recently spilled the truth about cupping therapy on his Instagram and the post has already racked up nearly 5 million likes. “Looks a lot more gnarly than it feels, but over all I enjoyed the therapy,” he said.
Despite The Rock’s extensive background in fitness and hardcore training, he’d never tried cupping before. He mentioned that as he’s gotten older, he’s started looking for new and better ways to help his “250million year old dinosaur body” recover.
In his post, he really emphasized the importance of taking care of his body, being proactive, and finding tools to balance and optimize his performance. He encouraged his 221 million followers to do the same.
Decorated Olympian Michael Phelps took to the comments to support The Rock’s embrace of cupping therapy. “The best,” he said, “welcome… it feels soooooo good.” Phelps swears by cupping therapy and was often spotted with prominent cupping marks that had audiences and media buzzing.
Cupping therapy is spreading rapidly into mainstream culture, and for good reason. Everyone from professional athletes - and now superstar celebrities - are turning to cupping therapy to address nagging injuries and for general overall wellness. Good news is you don't have to be an Olympic athlete or a Hollywood celebrity to enjoy the many benefits of this ancient, but effective modality. Game On Gear has a large selection of cupping therapy cups for the competitive and everyday athletes, healthcare providers, massage therapists and any wellness enthusiast.
Cupping involves the suctioning of glass, silicone, or plastic cups. Pliable and versatile cups like the GRPS or XTRM XNRGY cups make it easy for anyone regardless of experience to enjoy the many benefits of this ancient but effective modality.
The negative pressure, also known as a myofascial decompression technique, helps releases tension in the soft and connective tissue of the muscles, mimicking professional deep-tissue massage and complete muscle relaxation. Cupping is so effective, that 5 minutes of cupping is often compared to 30 minutes of deep tissue massage by many therapists.
Cupping can relieve pain and tightness so athletes walk into their next workout feeling confident and pain-free. It can also lead to more flexibility, energy, and faster muscle recovery overall.
If you want to experience the same level of recovery as The Rock and Michael Phelps in the comfort of your own home, check out Game On’s cupping kits here.