What is cupping?

You’ve seen people sporting those cool red marks on their bodies, and you’ve wondered wtf it is, wtf it does and why the f they do it? I love it and it is usually part of my weekly acupuncture routine.

Cupping is a therapy in Traditional Chinese Medicine (#TCM) in which heated glass cups are applied to the skin along the meridians of the body, which creates a local suction on the skin. This causes your skin to rise and redden as your blood vessels expand and facilitates healing with blood flow, as well as the flow of “qi”, or life force/energy in the body. The redness left behind is stagnation coming to the surface to move through and out of the body. Cups are generally left in place for about 3 minutes, This is typically performed by an acupuncturist. Though I’ve learned how to do it, own cups and am happy to cup anyone willing.

People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation, muscle tension, well-being and as a type of deep-tissue massage.

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