Cupping is an ancient Chinese deep tissue therapy in which the opening of a cup is applied to the skin and the pressure in the cup is reduced (by either heat or suction) in order to draw and hold skin and superficial muscles inside the cup, causing local congestion.
There provides a greater emphasis on the acupuncture points due to the ease with which it can be performed. Cupping is frequently used after acupuncture and was developed to open up the meridians of the body. It was designed to remove any stagnation in the meridians of the body whilst opening those meridians so that qi can flow freely.
It also helps to rejuvenate certain meridians and organs that are not functioning at their best and draws toxins to the surface of the body. Cupping is also known to help activate the lymphatic system, promote blood circulation and is good for deep tissue repair.
When applied to the back, there are five meridians that can be opened to allow the energy to travel throughout the entire length of the body.