3 places where you can try cupping in Dayton

Dr. Xu Hua Han displays  the treatment of cupping on a colleague at a treatment centre in London Wednesday, Aug. 10 2016. Cupping is an ancient method of traditional Chinese medicine, where heat or suction creates a vacuum in glass cups that are placed on the skin of the patient. Athletes at the Rio Olympics have thrust the treatment into the spotlight by displaying large purple and red circles from cupping on their skin.  (AP Photo/Leonora Beck)
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Dr. Xu Hua Han displays  the treatment of cupping on a colleague at a treatment centre in London Wednesday, Aug. 10 2016. Cupping is an ancient method of traditional Chinese medicine, where heat or suction creates a vacuum in glass cups that are placed on the skin of the patient. Athletes at the Rio Olympics have thrust the treatment into the spotlight by displaying large purple and red circles from cupping on their skin.  (AP Photo/Leonora Beck)

What are those perfectly shaped circle bruises all over Michael Phelps' back? If you've been watching the Olympics, surely you've wondered what they are.

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Those circles are the result of cupping, a therapy used to break up the accumulation of toxins or blood forming from over-exercising that can cause strain and irritation, according to C. Fritz Froelich, owner of Far Hills Acupuncture in Dayton. While there are critics of this thousands year-old Asian and Middle-Eastern practice, cupping is also known to relieve stress and muscle tension.

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We found a few places around Dayton that offer the service. Here's what you need to know in case you want to try it or at least learn more about it.

GREATER DAYTON ACUPUNCTURE

Tracy Becknell, a licensed acupuncturist and owner of Greater Dayton Acupuncture attended the American Institute of Alternative Medicine in Columbus. She offers a handful of services including: acupuncture, electronic stimulation, moxibution and cupping.

6840 Loop Rd., bldg. 2, Centerville

(937) 204-5760 | Website

Cost: $55 per hour session, cupping rate yet to be determined

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FAR HILLS ACUPUNCTURE

Taking advantage of the cultural history and wellness of acupuncture, Fritz Froelich is trained in all the branches of Oriental medicine including Korean acupuncture and is internationally certified in South Korea and the United States. He also teaches acupuncture at the SHI Traditional Chinese Acupuncture School. Froelich has over 20 years of experience in acupuncture being trained in tuina, a traditional therapy and Gua Sha, which he said is a similar technique to cupping and other types.

2717 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Suite 207, Dayton

(937) 681-7881 | Website | Facebook

Cost: $75 per session including acupuncture and cupping

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KETTERING MASSAGE WELLNESS CENTER

The center offers specific massages that benefit various needs of the body. The center’s practitioners, Julie Laurent and Cheryl Turner, attended the Dayton School of Medical Massage. They offer a Swedish massage and employ Trigger Point Therapy, Positional Release Therapy, Deep Tissue Massage, Myofascial release, massage cupping and more. First-time clients receive a $5 discount off a one-hour session or longer.

28 East Rahn Rd., Suite 100, Kettering

(937) 296-0230 | Website | Facebook

Cost: $35 for 30 minutes, $60 for 60 minutes, $85 for 90 minutes. Prices change Jan. 1, 2017.

Other wellness centers that offer cupping in the Dayton region include Acupuncture for Wellness and MassageRx.