A famous Chinese is "Acupuncture and cupping, more than half of the ills cured". Cupping is a term that refers to applying small glass jars or plastic suction cups that are placed on the body to disperse and break up stagnation and congestion by drawing congested blood, energy or other humors to the surface.
Cupping is much like the inverse of massage. Rather than using pressure to the body, it uses pressure to draw out toxins. Once suction has been applied, the cups can be moved across the skin. For many people, this sensation can be very relieving and relaxing. The cups are left on for about 10 minutes in order to help the muscles and fascia to release their congestion and tension.
Cupping is beneficial for relieving back and neck pain, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, asthma, arthritis and even cellulite. It is one of the best deep tissue therapies available. It has a detoxifying effect on the skin and circulation and will improve the appearance of the skin. Cupping is especially useful for athletes to relieve muscle sprains and spasms.
Side effects of cupping are mild. Some bruising can be expected. But the skin should return back to its normal color within a few days. Other side effects include mild discomfort or blistering.