photo courtesy: Bob Wong@artofacupuncture


  • Release toxins such as calcium deposits and cellular debris
  • Clears the veins, arteries, and capillaries
  • Increases blood circulation
  • Reduce pain, soften muscle tissue, releases adhesion thus increases flexibility, and reduce inflammation 
  • Relieves congestion of mucus from respiratory conditions
photo courtesy: Bob Wong @artofacupuncture

Cupping is used to release Qi and blood stasis from the meridians and surrounding tissue. If done properly, cupping can be an invigorating deep tissue massage, and often the benefits stays longer than a regular massage session. The technique is performed by having the therapist create a suction with glass cups. Muscle tissue is then inverted and pulled upwards due to the suction. The cups can be placed stationary or can be glided throughout the treatment lasting 5-10 minutes. Once cupping is finished, there will be varying degree of color over the tissues ranging from pink red, red, purple, and dark purple. The darker color indicates less oxygen flow within the tissue causing stagnation of blood.  Depending on severity of the tissue, duration of discoloration can range from 3-10 days. Once the color has disappeared,  the tissue can then be cupped again. You will notice a decrease in discoloration when multiple sessions are applied.

Are the cupping marks same as bruising?

Bruising is caused by impact trauma with the breakage of capillaries and a reactionary rush of fluids to the damaged location. Correctly applied cupping does not compress the tissues.

The cupping discoloration is caused when blood circulation is sluggish in an injured or diseased area of the body and insufficient oxygen gets into the cells. This results in a local build-up of waste products such as dead, static blood, lymph, cellular debris, and toxins. The discoloration indicates the restoration of blood flow in the tissue.