Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin, do the massage making circular movements and then leave them 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, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.
The cups may be made of:
Cupping increases blood circulation to the area where the cups are placed. This may relieve muscle tension, which can improve overall blood flow and promote cell repair. It may also help form new connective tissues and create new blood vessels in the tissue. People use cupping to keep muscles in good condition, improve immunity by removing toxins from the body and complement their care for a host of issues and conditions.