In Traditional Chinese Medicine there is a saying “Where there is stagnation there is pain.”
Cupping uses negative pressure, or suction, to treat the body. There are several ways to use cups. In Traditional chinese medicine cups have been used on acupressure points to unblock QI energy and i One is to apply the suction and let it sit in a tight area or accupressure point for 5-10 minutes. This will pull various fluids to the surface of the skin and may result in a Mark or as others say, a bruise. We refer to them as marks because they do not usually hurt like a bruise does. It is more like a hickey mark and usually disappears within a week. Another way they can be used is by cup gliding. This is very effective for people who have tissue that is very cold. It is very hard to get into the tissue and warm it up. Using the cups to glide over the cold muscle pulls the stagnant fluids up to the surface creating a pink appearance. This bring some fluid to the surface, warms up the muscles and assist the therapist in getting deeper into the tissue. In turn it allows new blood to get to the muscle and it feels very good and is very relaxing. Cupping is a vacuum therapy. It causes vasodilation for the body and encourages the opening of vascular structures. Cups draw fluid up which brings up and out everything below its placement. Used properly, it can be used to cleanse and encourage a balanced state of homeostasis.