Cupping therapy is an ancient form of treatment which relies upon creating a local suction between the specialized “cups” and the skin to mobilize blood flow in order to promote healing, aids in toxin release, lymphatic drainage, reduces muscle pain, and increases oxygen flow in fascial and muscular tissue.
Cupping therapy is commonly used to ease back pain, neck pain, headaches and other problems in the whole body. However, it may be beneficial to anyone experiencing muscle tension or tightness, not just athletes.
During cupping therapy, multiple suction cups, made of glass or plastic, are applied directly to certain areas of the body. By increasing blood flow, cupping therapy reduces the level of inflammation in the body. As inflammation is decreased, pain is also reduced to provide an overall better quality of life.
As it is considered a type of deep tissue massage, treatments also relax the body and ease muscle tension. By providing a deeper state of relaxation, the treatments do help stress levels indirectly.