Cupping is a therapeutic treatment involving warming and placing cups, usually made of glass, on the skin.
By warming the air within the cup, a vacuum is created, and when it is applied to the skin, the tissue is drawn up into the cup.
It is similar to the way deep tissue massage can be used to break up scar tissue and reduce pain.
The cups are often placed on the back, neck, and shoulders or the site of pain.
Cupping may cause temporary bruising and soreness, depending upon the degree of suction created by the vacuum and the level of internal stagnation. According to TCM, this would be a favourable outcome, suggesting the treatment has successfully removed toxins and stagnation.
The cups are removed by lifting one edge, which allows air in and breaks the seal and vacuum.