Cupping is a technique whereby cups are applied to areas of the body and a vacuum is applied, normally this is through the use of modern vacuum cups as opposed to traditional fire cups.
The practice of cupping attempts to draw out various waste substances locked within the tissues. These can give rise to aches, pains and various diseases. Whilst it can look a little brutal, a cupping treatment is never painful, and often will lead to a client drifting of into a doze whilst the cups do their work.
Popularised by several celebrities cupping can leave distinctive markings after application which will subside after several days, think of it as a free souvenir!
Those who have heard of acupuncture may have heard of moxibustion. Classically regarded as an adjunct treatment this modality may be utilised either instead of or, alongside an acupuncture treatment as needed.
Moxibustion involves the burning of Moxa, the herb Mugwort either on or over points of the body or around inserted needles to warm areas, and expel "pathogenic Cold".
Your practitioner has been fully trained to ensure that this is carried out in a safe environment and you need not worry about getting singed!