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Cupping has been a part of Chinese Medicine for over 2,500 years. It relieves aches and pains, improves circulation, and also helps with respiratory and digestive issues.
If using a more modern suction method with specialized cups and a small vacuum machine, I simply place a specialized "cup" onto specific points on your body, and then use suction to draw your skin up a bit into the cups. It doesn't hurt — it simply draws fresh blood to that area of your body, which facilitates the cleansing and strengthening of your Qi (energy). The end result is a greater overall sense of health and well-being.
If there is stagnant blood trapped in the muscles and tissues, that stagnant blood can be pulled up to the surface layers where the body's blood and fluid circulation can more easily disburse it while the deeper tissues are now free of the blockage to allow fresh blood to enter, nourish and cleanse in a healthy manner.
For sliding cups I prefer to use the traditional glass cups. To create the inner-cup vacuum that in turn provides the therapeutic suction effect, I use the "glass tinkling" technique: Holding an alcohol-soaked cotton ball with long clamps, I will light the cotton ball on fire and then swish the lit cotton around inside the cup (creating a tinkling sound from the clamps touching the glass) before then quickly placing the cup onto the oiled skin. The suction for this will be enough to be therapeutic while being light enough to allow gliding. It will feel like a moderate to deep massage even though the sensation comes from inverse pressure rather than the downward pressure of standard massage.
Note on the photo above:
Before placing the five cups for "static" cupping where the cups are left in place for a short while, I first did sliding cupping. It's interesting to note that while you notice significantly more marking on the closer side in the photo, I actually used TWO cups simultaneously for the sliding technique, with both sides of the back getting the same number of slides and degree of suction. Only the side of the patient's initial pain complaint resulted in cupping marks. When the static cups were removed, two had darker "octopus hickeys", one had a bit of color that might last a day or two, and two had a touch of pinkness that likely dissipated before he reached home.