Cupping originated in ancient Chinese medicine with use of glass or silicone cups that create a suction of the fascia inward. This brings blood flow to a specific area to aid the healing process, relieve muscle tension and reduce inflammation.
Cupping is not intended to be a painful treatment, but can sometimes be uncomfortable especially when working with tight and tender muscles.
Cupping can leave circular “bruise like” marks on the skin that may last a few days to a couple weeks. However, unlike a bruise, these cupping marks are due to a release of unwanted toxins from the tissue not from tissue injury.