Therapeutic cupping is a therapy using cups and suction. The cups are placed over the body (depending on the area of focus) and the suction is used to create a negative pressure between the skin and the cup. The suction created can encourage blood flow, sedate the nervous system, movement of toxins, loosen muscles and create movement.
Cupping is similar to massage but rather than applying pressure downwards to the muscle, the cups use gentle pressure to pull the muscles upward. Cupping is typically used to relieve pain and stiff muscles but can even help with fatigue, migraines, cellulite and chronic pain conditions.
There are little to no side effects to cupping but as you may seen on many famous athletes, there are marks left behind after cupping therapy. These marks are toxins and blood rising to the surface creating a bruise like effect that lasts anywhere from 24 hours to 2 weeks.
Cupping is an incredible healthy therapy.