Cupping is an ancient therapy that originated in China. It involves placing cups on the skin to create suction. This can be done either by fire with thick walled glass cups or by a vacuum pump with thinner walled plastic cups. The suction helps to enhance circulation, remove toxins that linger in body tissues and relieve pain. The process can also loosen muscle tension. Cups are typically placed on the back.
Be forewarned that it will leave temporary marks on the skin in the shape of the cup. These marks can vary from bright red to a darker purple, and can last from three days to three weeks in extreme cases. The darker color means that there are high levels of toxins and stagnation in the section of the body that has been treated.