By Tim Kowols
A method of therapy made by popular by Olympians is available in Door County. Swimmer Michael Phelps brought cupping therapy to the forefront in Rio de Janiero when people noticed circular marks from his treatments. Now popular among athletes across the spectrum, cupping is a form of traditional Chinese medicine where silicone and vaccum cups pull up muscle tissues to improve blood flow to help the recovery process or to manage pain. The practice got the attention of Saguaro Day Spa in Sturgeon Bay, which added the service last year for their customers looking for another therapeutic avenue for healing. Massage therapist Melissa Milewicz says after they talk about where the specific area of pain or tenderness is located, they determine where to place the cups and for how long based on the comfort of the client.
The marks caused by the cups, also known as “cup kisses,” are not common, but can occur based on the strength of the suction, the length of time the cups are on the body, and how tender the underlying muscle is at the time of the treatment.