Cupping is an ancient Chinese form of therapeutic massage, also known as ‘ba guan’. It is an effective means of moving stagnant qi (chi or energy) and invigorating the system. The technique involves the strategic fixing of shall glass jars at various points on the skin using a pump to create a vacuum. The suction created increases the local circulation of qi and blood, and dispels cold and dampness from the body.
Cupping is suitable for joint stiffness and pain and for relieving swelling. It is often practiced in conjunction with acupuncture and massage. A lot of hollywood celebrities are now enjoying this treatment too.