What is it?
Cupping is an ancient technique used by Sports, Remedial Massage & Myotherapists to improve flexibility, loosen fascia, and help with pain. Cupping dates back to ancient Egypt, Chinese and Middle Eastern cultures. It has been described by Egyptians as early as 1550 B.C in the Ebers Papyrus.
It is used in conjunction with other remedial massage techniques such as trigger point therapy or deep tissue massage to improve the effect of a massage treatment.
Massage Therapists place several cups on your body and take out oxygen from the cups by using a flame or a rubber pump that creates a vacuum.
As the air is sucked out your skin will rise up into the cup. You skin will redden as blood is drawn closer to the skin. Some therapists will tell you that this redness in toxins and chemicals being sucked out of your body. Unfortunately this is not proven and it is more than likely just blood being drawn closed to the skin by the suctioning affect.