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Have you watched the summer Olympics and noticed perfectly circular bruises on the backs of the athletes and wondered, what did they do to themselves? You are probably not alone. Cupping has gained modern popularity thanks to sports celebrities and professionals. But the practice of cupping is not just for athletes. Cupping therapy is used for the treatment of chronic muscle pain and tightness. It works at a more rapid pace than a traditional massage.

But it looks a bit scary, doesn’t it? Well, do not fret.

Here are some pointers for you as you go into your first cupping session.

There are two main types of cupping: fixed and moving cupping.

Fixed cupping is applied to the body and left in place for a few minutes. Moving cupping is just that, it moves. The doctor first applies oil on your skin so that the cup is able to slide around while still holding suction.

No, cupping does not hurt you!

While it might be a new sensation that takes time for your body to get used to, the initial awkwardness should start to feel relaxing as you adjust.

Cupping therapy is quick.

Because of the intensity of the suction, the practice can only be performed for a few minutes. When all is said and done, your session will last about 10 minutes.

The marks on your back will only last for a couple of days.

Bruising is normal, but it will start to dissolve as time goes on. Some people don’t even get the cupping marks, and yes, the treatment was still successful.