Earliest known text is from the Ebers Papyrus, written c. 1550 BC.
An ancient and effective way to bring whats held deep to the surface.
The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system (which makes it an excellent treatment for high blood pressure). Cupping is used to relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism to name a few!
How I use it in practice - after warming up your muscles with massage, cups are applied to areas of restriction. The fire is thrown into the cup and then the cup is placed on the skin creating a vacuum. This pulls the skin and tissue up into the cup and brings blood to the area. In my sessions cups are typically in place for 5-15 min. Over the next few days you will notice the tension is releasing, it's kind of like an long extension to your massage long after you've left the table. Cupping can be used to help recover quickly from colds, the Flu, stress and anxiety, post athletic events, muscle tension, chronic pain and fatigue, muscle knots and more! Cupping does not cause pain and most folks find it very relaxing.