Cupping is performed using globe-shaped “cups” that’s typically made of glass, plastic, rubber, or silicone. Your provider places the open side of the cup against your skin then creates a vacuum inside the cup that pulls your skin and superficial muscles up into the cup. Today’s modern cups have a built-in pump that creates a vacuum by pulling air out of the cup after it’s on your skin.

Your provider may place multiple cups on your skin and leave them in place for a period of time. The suction created during cupping increases blood flow and boosts lymph circulation. As a result, tissues receive more oxygen and nutrients for healing, while more toxins and cellular wastes are removed through lymph fluids.