Cupping is offered as a part of massage therapy. Your therapist might recommend the addition of cupping to a massage treatment plan for increased benefit from massage. There is no set number of times to include cupping – some individuals want it with every treatment for their particular issues, others find only once produces their desired results.
Massage lotion is applied to skin to allow the cups to glide easily. One cup or several can be placed, depending on the application in which area and the areas to be treated, which include back, arms or legs.
The time the cups are left on the skin varies, depending on the response time necessary to allow deep tissue massage.
Generally the more restriction there is, the more likely there will be redness from cupping that lasts for a few days. You might have seen post-treatment cupping redness on Olympic athletes, figure skaters and others.