You’ve likely seen someone sporting the telltale circular “cupping marks” on their backs before. It may seem like a farfetched treatment modality but it’s actually pretty simple science and incredibly effective no matter how weird it may seem.
Cupping is a technique that uses suction to release myofascial restrictions and move congested blood and body fluids in the tissue, bringing it to the surface where it can be circulated more efficiently. Essentially speeding up your bodies normal circulatory systems.
This helps to free up tension in the myofascial system (note: muscles and fascia) and allows newly oxygenated blood to flow into the area, bringing nutrients to promote healing.
It is performed by placing silicone and/or glass cups on a selected area and creating a vacuum seal on the skin via simple pressure or with a flame.
The “cupping marks” you see may look like painful bruises but they are far from that! The discomfort after a cupping session may be similar to what you experience after a visit with your RMT or none at all.