Silicon and plastic cups are placed on the skin and uses Negative Pressure to gently suction the skin into the cups. The cups may be left on the skin for a few minutes up to 15 minutes or it may be moved to glide around the skin surface to treat inflammation and loosen adhesions.
Cupping is much like the inverse of massage - rather than applying pressure to push into the skin and muscles, it uses lifts and pulls them upward.
By creating suction and negative static pressure, massage cupping is used to drain excess fluids by opening lymphatic pathways, stimulate the peripheral nervous system, bring hydration and blood flow to stagnant muscles and skin; loosen adhesions and stubborn knots in soft tissue by moving the deep inflammation to the skins surface.
Cupping marks are NOT bruises. Bruising is the result of trauma from impact causing the breakage of capillaries and a reactionary rush of fluids to the damaged location from the tissue injury. When circulation is sluggish or compromised in an injured area of the body, insufficient oxygen gets to the cells. This results in a local build-up of waste products such as stagnant blood and lymph. The marks indicates that the stagnation has been pulled from the deeper layers to the surface, allowing fresh oxygenated blood to nourish and heal the underlying area.
The marks last anywhere from a few hours to several days.