Cupping refers to an ancient Chinese 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 suction out air), so that the skin and superficial muscle layer is drawn back into and held in the cup. In some cases, the cup may be moved while the suction of the skin in active, causing a regional pulling of the skin and muscle.
A certain amount of bruising is expected both from fixed position cupping (especially at the site of the cup rim) and with movement of the cups.
Benefits: Regular treatments can help to regulate the flow of Qi and Blood. Cupping helps to draw out and eliminate pathogenic factors such as wind, cold, damp and heat. Cupping also moves Qi and blood and opens the pores of the skin.
Effect upon the skin:
-Increased blood circulation
-Rise in skin temperature
-Promotion of metabolism within the skin tissue
-Increase nutrition to the tissues
-Remove poisonous substances from the surface of the skin