Cupping, as a form of alternative therapy, is an ancient technique that involves placing glass, plastic, or silicone cups on the skin to create suction. This suction increases circulation and blood flow in the area where the cups are placed. It will relieve muscle tension, release toxins, boost immune function, and improve overall well-being.
The cups can be left on as well as be moved around the skin to stimulate a larger surface area giving a massage-like effect. Many people consider cupping as a relaxing and non-invasive deep-tissue massage. It is sometimes combined with Tuina massage or acupuncture to strengthen its effectiveness against more complicated ailments.
Today, cupping is extensively used for sore muscles and has been very popular among athletes.
Eat only light meals 2 to 3 hours before a cupping treatment is recommended to optimize your results and to avoid discomfort.