Like acupuncture, cupping is also an ancient Chinese medicine technique. Cupping involves creating a vacuum in glass or plastic cups, either by using a flame to burn out the oxygen inside or using a suction pump.
The vacuum created by cupping may help loosen muscles and encourage blood flow. Cupping may be used to relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety and even cellulite. For weight loss and cellulite treatments, oil is first applied to the skin, and then the cups are moved up and down the surrounding area - 'gliding cupping.'