Your practitioner will consult with you on your medical history. They will want to know your lifestyle routines, dietary intake and bowel movement. They may also ask females about their menstrual cycles and blood loss. They may check your energy flow by holding your hand to feel pressure points. This is all then utilized to help your practitioner know when and how much cupping is required.
You will then be asked to remove your clothing, often just the top half, and lay face down on the treatment table.
Your practitioner will place flammable fluid into glass cups and light them. Once the glass in the correct temperature, the flame is put out and the glass is place promptly face down on your body. The cooling of the glass creates a vacuum. The vacuum in turn causes the skin and blood flow to be stimulated. The cups will remain on your skin for around 10 minutes. The process feels odd, but doesn’t hurt. The visual result is you will have red rings on your skin for up to one week where the cups were placed. So be aware if it is summer and you are planning on going out in something that exposes those areas.