Cupping is a practice in which a cup is applied to the skin and the pressure in the cup is reduced (by using change in heat or by suctioning out air), so that the skin and superficial muscle layer is drawn into and held in the cup. Cupping is great for muscle tension and spasm in the large open areas of the back where it is easiest to place the cup.
The cups are arranged to target areas of stagnation and to promote the removal of toxins. This suction stimulates the flow of blood, lymph, and qi to the affected area. Another excellent use of cups is for lung problems, especially coughing, bronchitis and asthma. The suction powerfully helps break up phlegm and congestion.
Many of our clients report the sensation of cupping feels similar to receiving deep tissue massage. Cupping may cause the skin to temporarily turn red and bruise. This is quite normal and will go away after a period of time.