Cupping is a therapy in which glass jars or cups are suctioned onto the skin’s surface through negative pressure. The suction and negative pressure drain excess fluids and toxins which stimulates the peripheral nervous system, brings blood flow to stagnant muscles and skin, loosen adhesions connective tissue and stubborn knots in tissue. Ancient Chinese medicine believes cupping opens up meridian pathways to allow Qi to flow thru. When Qi flows freely throughout the body one enjoys good physical, mental and emotional well-being. There are different types of cupping. Stagnant cupping is when the cup is placed over specific acupuncture points and left for a few seconds to a few minutes. This stimulates the Qi at the point and can stimulate specific organs and release a specific area in the muscle or connective tissue. Sliding cupping or cupping massage is when oil or lotion is first applied to the area being treated and the cup is moved around. This form of cupping releases the connective tissue and muscles on the area being treated, increases overall circulation and releases by products or toxins.