Cupping therapy is an ancient form of Chinese Medicine where practitioners use heat or fire to create a vacuum in special glass cups. These cups are then applied over pressure points on the body, where energy or blood stagnation are present.
There are two types of cupping treatment: stationary cupping or sliding cupping. Stationary cupping is used for drawing out local stagnation or for a specific pressure point. Sliding cupping is applied over a broader body area to move energy, promote blood circulation and also relaxes muscle from the applied area.
Cupping therapy shares the same contraindication points for acupressure and acupuncture for pregnancy, and should not be applied over skin conditions.
Cupping may create temperately marks on the skin. These marks are the result of stagnation or toxins in the body. Sometimes it may take up to two weeks for these marks on the body to disappear, depending on the level of stagnation and the existing conditions.