Cupping is the use of cup-shaped objects placed on the body to relieve pain, fight common cold and allergies, improve circulation, and relieve stress. The cups are placed on the skin and held in place by suction. The suction feels similar to a deep tissue massage. When the cups are released it can leave some marks or bruising but this is completely normal and part of the therapeutic effect. Many of our patients love cupping and request it during their treatments. Cupping releases and stretches muscles, bringing oxygen-rich blood to their tissue.