Where to Get Cupping Therapy in Austin, Texas


You may have spotted some peculiar-looking marks on several members of the United States Olympic gymnastics and swim teams – most famously, Michael Phelps. The marks, rather than a disease or fight injuries, come from a technique known as cupping therapy. Far from new, the practice is a part of ancient Traditional Chinese Medicinal practices. And it's not reserved for world-class athletes either. Austin has more than a few great options to work out your stress while adding a couple (temporary) spots.

Hill Country Cupping
If you live a little ways west of town, don't worry. You can enjoy the heated (or vacuum-suction) power of the specially designed Chinese cup treatment, and its stress-melting properties, without driving into Austin. Serasana Wellness Center offers the unusual (at least to Westerners) process, in addition to a fine selection of teas. And if a brief cupping session isn't your cup of tea, they also offer yoga, acupuncture, and massage therapy.

Enjoy a Cup and a Pint?
Although drinking isn't necessarily a recommended part of the therapeutic massage process, stressed-out folks can certainly hit up the area hotspots after their session at Austin Ashiatsu, thanks to its near-downtown location. In need of more rigorous work than the unusual Asiatic jars can provide? Sign up for a shiatsu-style deep tissue massage.

Float Away the Stress
Wound-up workers on the south side of town are also in luck. You can peel away your stress with a good cupping therapy session at the Zero Gravity Institute Float Spa. If you're really looking for an escape from the daily grind, try out their Float (or Sensory Deprivation) Tanks. It's the best way to melt away real world and get inside your own head – which, come to think of it, might not be the best way to de-stress for some of us.

Seek Balance in Life
Whether you're getting ready for a major event or just looking to find a better way to cut out the stress, Balance Point Bodyworks can help. Now located in Wimberley, they'll happily introduce you to the wonders of cupping therapy but also offer more traditional services like deep tissue and medical massage, sports/facial taping, and prenatal work for you or your pregnant loved ones.

A Natural Way to Relax
Searching a way to slice the stress from your life but don't want to harm yourself or your environment with harsh chemicals? Give True Nature a try. They offer a host of Eastern Medicinal techniques including therapeutic cupping, acupuncture, and herbal therapies which can help you detox from daily life and encourage holistic health for you and your family.

Andy L. Kubai is a freelance writer and transplanted Austinite who's been exploring the internal and external wonders of his new home for the last 5 years. Find out more about Andy on his website.

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