To Cup or Not To Cup, That’s the Healing Question

Photo by Antoinette Brock

Have you ever seen someone walking around with strange bruise-like spots on their back? Sure you have. I know this because there was a point in time when we all were wondering what caused those perfectly circular spots on some of the members of the US Olympic Swim Team, and if you’re anything like me, you hopped online, asked Google about it, and learned those spots were caused by a technique called Cupping. After doing a bit of research, I decided that I would one day try this cupping. “One day” and not right away because my money was funny.

Fast-forward a couple of years and I’m hearing about different spaces offering community acupuncture, a more affordable option to traditional one-on-one sessions. Like cupping, acupuncture had been on my list of healing practices to try. I had my first acupuncture experience in a group setting and was immediately hooked.

It was then that I learned that acupuncture and cupping are often coupled together during private sessions. It sounded perfect, but what really drove me to finally make an appointment for a private session was the fact that the acupuncturist was someone who looked like me. She was also kind, gentle, very attentive, and knowledgeable. She was Black Girl Magic. I browsed her website and contacted her immediately.

Portia R. Wilson, of Deeper Genius Acupuncture and Healing Arts in Los Angeles, has been in business for herself for just under two years and is truly dedicated to helping others heal. Acupuncturists go through a rigorous four-year Master’s program, in which they must learn 300+ acupuncture points, meridian systems, the fundamentals of