Myofascial cupping uses a hand operated vacuum pump to seal plastic cups on to the skin. The procedure improves circulation, helping to lift and release the fascia (connective tissue) around a muscle group. The cups can be left on a specific area for a number of minutes, or moved along the skin.
Typically, the cups leave circular marks on the skin as a result of blood being drawn towards the surface of the skin. These marks do not hurt to touch and will disappear gradually after a few days (depending on the individual).
It is believed that areas where the marks are most pronounced are those areas most in need of release.