Cupping therapy is the process of small glass cups before placing them onto the skin. The cups are then pulled away from the body to relax and loosen muscles by promoting blood flow. This process can be viewed as the inverse of massage therapy. Rather than applying pressure to muscles, suction is used to pull the skin and muscles upward.
Cupping is a safe, traditional treatment that helps resolve chronic muscle tightness and pain faster than massage therapy alone. The suction from the cups increases circulation to the area where the cups are placed. The additional blood flow to that area can help relieve muscle tension and promote cell repair. Increasing circulation with cupping also helps to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Cupping therapy is used to apply pressure to areas of swelling and various pain points in soft tissue. This can provide the tissue with important nutrients and oxygen by increasing blood flow. Cupping can release tissues that are deep in the body, ease stiffness, and relax tense muscles. Pressure, heat, suctioning, and sometimes needles are applied near the site of an injury. This placement allows energy to flow along channels or meridians, and pass through the injury.