My favorite part of getting a deep tissue massage is when my therapist uses silicone cups. Cupping causes a suction which increases blood flood to the areas where the cups are applied. It’s good for treating muscle aches and pains, aiding in detoxification, moving the lymphatic system, and it also reduces the appearance of cellulite. There are different types of cups that can be used, glass, bamboo, and silicone. Some will leave marks on the skin that can last for several days and sometimes weeks. The silicone cupping hasn’t left any marks on my skin.
Cupping dates back to ancient Middle Eastern, Chinese, and Egyptian cultures. It’s also in one of the oldest textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, which describes how Egyptians were using cupping therapy back in 1500 BC.
Here’s a video using the silicone cups with oil.
Here’s another video demonstrating silicone cups.
Here’s Master Wang demonstrating fire cupping.