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Eastern therapy isn't for everyone, but that doesn't mean you have to shit on it.

TW: Graphic bruisey photos ahead

The Gloss wrote this piece on Hilary Rhoda's cupping marks which really made me side eye their reaction.

Yeah. Not fun, not in the slightest. I think I will stick to my thoroughly relaxing massages, thanks.


Maybe I'm reading the tone wrong (it is a Monday after all), but to me it comes off as a pretty condescending reaction to a treatment that has been around for thousands of years. Yes, it leaves red marks. They are not painful and they fade within a day. Cupping is more therapeutic than a relaxing massage because it's not meant to be for relaxation or fun. And a statement like this reads to me as "Ew, the way your culture treats ailments is gross!"

The OP then goes into a tangent about the things we do for beauty, even though she admits that cupping has zero to do with appearances. So I just don't get why she is so visually offended. It's not leeches or trepanation or any other medical treatment that has been debunked, and it's not this model's job to look beautiful for you 24/7. She has back problems, she's looking for a way to resolve them. Sorry if her health is more important to her than offending your eyes.

I'm putting in this fuzzy kitty picture so the first photo isn't traumatizing to any passers by:


Honestly, it's not that bad. In my culture, we use a treatment called cao gio, which I honestly think is more shocking in appearance than cupping. But it's my choice to get it done, and my back and overall health does feel better after getting it done. It may be psychosomatic, but it's what works for me when I feel like shit. Sorry if you're offended if I feel better just because my back looks like this:

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