"Cupping massage is a technique whereby a vacuum is created in a cup, drawing the skin up into the cup and separating the layers of fascia.
This modality allows for a unique approach to fascia and body fluids. Cupping has the ability to affect deeper tissue, remove fascial restrictions and increase range of motion." - 2009 College of Acupuncture and Therapeutics
Through suction and negative pressure, massage cupping releases rigid soft tissue; drain excess fluids and toxins; loosen adhesions and lift connective tissue; and bring blood flow to stagnant skin and muscles. The increased local blood supply to the muscles and skin will bring nourishment and allow for toxins to be carried away through the veins.
Clients often feel deep warmth during the session and a tingling sensation long after the treatment has ended. This method enables the therapist to get deeper without discomfort to the client or therapist.