Cupping theapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, as a type of deep tissue massage.
The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system. Cupping is used to reieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, and rheumatism.
Cupping may result in bruising that may last up to 14 days.