Cupping therapy uses silicone cups to create a vacuum over the specific points of the body to induce healing. The cups are placed on the skin and either moved across it in a continuous motion, a process known as gliding, or kept isolated and gently lifted. In both methods, the suction inside the cups lifts the skin away from the body to create negative pressure, drawing the inflammation out. This negative pressure helps loosen muscle tissue, promote healthy blood flow and sedate the nervous system. The sensation of cupping is often characterized as deep warmth and tingling, long after the treatment has ended. The skin will redden with strong massage cupping, indicating that circulation has been brought to the surface. Increased local blood supply will nourish the muscles and skin and allow toxins to be carried away. Cupping is one of the oldest methods of traditional Chinese medicine and has been used for over 4000 years.