Cupping is a Chinese Medicine technique that involves placing glass jars, in which a vacuum has been created, on the body.  Rather like a reverse massage, the cups create suction on the muscles allowing increased flow of blood, fluid and Qi; relieving tension, releasing toxins and clearing stagnation.  Massage oils can be used with the cupping to stimulate the muscles and acupuncture meridians.  Acupuncture and cupping are often combined. Many Olympic athletes have had this treatment and were seen with ‘cup marks’ - purple or red circles where the cups have been, this shows the release of ‘stagnation’ but isn’t a sign of tissue damage, and unlike a bruise any marks simply fade after a couple of days.

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