Cupping is one of the most ancient Chinese medicine practices, dating back to the early 4th century. In a typical cupping session, glass cups are often placed on areas of tension and pain. In Chinese medicine we call these ‘areas of stagnation’. An alcohol-soaked cotton ball is lit on fire and then swirled inside the cup in order to remove all of the oxygen.
The flame is removed and the cup is then quickly turned upside down to create a vacuum of suction. Cupping stimulates and realigns the free flow of qi and blood which improves circulation, stops pain, calms the nervous system and creates an avenue for toxins to be drawn out of the body.