In Chinese medicine, cupping is a therapy in which heated glass cups are applied to the skin along the meridians of the body, creating suction as a way of stimulating the flow of energy.
The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system (which makes it an excellent treatment for high blood pressure), remove harmful substances and toxins from the body, and promote healing. It feels like a heavenly, deep tissue massage by an octopus!
Cupping is great for anyone experiencing acute and chronic pain, headache, migraines, back and neck pains, stiff muscles, rheumatism, the common cold, cough, painful menstruation, stress, anxiety, and fatigue. It can also promote weight loss, full-body toning, and cellulite reduction by stimulating acu-points and running them along the lymphatic lines.