Does something reach peak trend when a Kardashian is on board?That could be the big break for cupping,the centuries-old technique of using suction cups to release muscle tension and increase circulation.Kim might be one of the highest-profile celebrities to date to try cupping,but she's far from the first.Here are some of the early champions of this mysterious therapy:
Paltrow was on the cupping train back in 2004,when her mysterious bruises sparked early interest in the therapeutic technique.
"Eastern medicine has a different approach than Western medicine—it's more holistic,"says Paltrow,who also swears by acupuncture."The root of the problem is addressed,as opposed to a symptom being attended to with prescription medication,only to return.Don't get me wrong,I am thankful as hell for a round of antibiotics or surgery when necessary,but I have been helped tremendously by various practices that help the body heal itself."
Future generations will look back on images of the world's greatest Olympic swimmer and wonder if he tattooed himself with those strange circles as a good luck charm for Rio.Phelps can be seen undergoing cupping therapy even between races at the Olympic Games,where his medal count rises daily.
Dunham didn't have a lot to say about her cupping experience when she Instagrammed it in May 2016,but a picture is worth a thousand words.TheGirlscreator has lighter marks than most.
Simpson tried cupping in 2010,and immediately loved and recommended it:
Also,she might have been having visions.
Paltrow isn't the only ex of Brad Pitt to try cupping: Aniston sported the telltale marks at the premiere of her Lifetime movieCall Me Crazy.
Posh's skin showed signs of cupping in 2010,after she and her husband visited the south of France,because apparently the vacation wasn't enough of a stress relief.
Osbourne tried cupping in 2013,when an injury had her "walking like Bambi." She was frank about the pain,but equally effusive about its efficacy.