Cupping helps to heal overworked muscles which is why it is commonly used by athletes.
Cupping uses various type of suction cups to create a negative pressure which pulls up on the skin and fascia and allows the muscles underneath to release. Cupping supports venous return and improved circulation as well as stimulating and supporting lymphatic flow.
Cupping is a unique type of therapy in so far as instead of pushing down on the bone, skin and muscle which is experienced in most bodywork therapies as well as in foam rolling, cupping pulls up. This pulling up helps the fascia to release from the muscles underneath so that they are able to relax.