Cupping is a technique whereby a vacuum is created in a silicone cup, drawing the skin up and separating the layers of superficial fascia. This allows space for freshly oxygenated blood to rush into the layers below, relieving adhesions and metabolic stagnation. The technique is applied anywhere from 10 seconds to several minutes, with varying degrees of intensity, depending on the condition and the patients comfort level.
Cupping has a long lasting affect on deep tissues by releasing fascial restrictions and aiding in the movement of fluids, thus providing an increase in flexibility and range of motion of restricted muscles and joints. Cupping Massage can also have a strong sedative effect when the cups are left on for longer periods of time.
Ecchymosis (bruising) is a common side effect of cupping, but does not always occur. The bruising commonly last 1-5 days.