Cupping restores circulation, diminishes swelling, helps relieve pain and pulls toxins from body tissues.
For this technique, a flaming cotton ball is placed into a special glass cup, and the cup is then quickly placed on the skin. This causes the underlying tissue to be raised partway into the cup. The resulting tightening sensation in the area of the cups often feels very good on tense, aching muscles.
Cupping is great for acute muscle injury, colds, flu, allergies, asthma, and even cellulite. The technique can cause the skin to turn red, blue or purple, especially if there is a blockage of energy or blood stagnation under the cups. The skin discoloration may last anywhere from a few days up to two weeks.