Cupping is an ancient Chinese therapy which is beneficial for chronic pain due to muscle tension. It involves creating a partial vacuum by placing glass or plastic cups over the skin either by means of heat or suction. This technique draws up the underlying tissues. When the cup is left in place on the skin for a few minutes, blood stasis is formed and localized healing takes place.
Cupping therapy has been further developed as a means to open the meridians of the body. Meridians are the conduits in the body through which energy flows to every part of the body and through every organ and tissue. There are five meridians on the back that, when opened, allow invigorating energy to travel the whole length of the body. It has been found that cupping is probably the best way of opening those meridians.
Cupping is classified as a deep tissue therapy since it has been found to affect the body up to four inches into the tissues, causing tissues to release toxins, activate the lymphatic system, clear colon blockages, help activate and clear the veins, arteries and capillaries, activate the skin, minimize stretch marks and improve varicose veins.