Looks like a science experiment, but it’s a darn good healing method. How’s it done? A lit match is placed inside a plastic, rubber, or glass cup to create a vacuum; this is then quickly shifted to the surface of the skin where it’s left for up to 20 minutes. The suction pulls skin from the body (hence those red spots that linger afterwards), to promote blood flow and prevent build-up of lactic acid in your muscles – that’s why athletes love it, FYI.
Is cupping the (celebrity-approved) solution for soothing muscle strain?
Cupping – Jennifer Aniston has been at it for years, and Olympic athletes swear it, but what’s involved? The ancient technique, derived from traditional Chinese and Egyptian medicine brings blood to the surface of the skin to relieve muscular pain. Practiced alongside acupuncture, and popular amongst celebs, we’re getting to grips with exactly what’s involved (because those circular back patches have left us curious for too long). Everything you need to know about cupping, right here.
By Rachel Spedding