What is cupping? Maybe you’ve seen those big purple welts on athletes and celebrities and wondered what they were from? Or Maybe you’ve heard of cupping but weren’t sure what it does exactly.

Cupping uses glass cups to suction the skin upward, moving blood towards the surface of the body. The suction helps to soften tight muscles and lift and separate connective tissue, as well as loosen adhesions, bring hydration and blood flow to body tissues, and drain excess fluids and toxins by opening the lymphatic pathways. In traditional Chinese medicine, cupping is used to dispel stagnation, thereby improving Chi flow and bringing blood and nutrients to the affected areas. Cupping therapy can be used to treat a variety of ailments, including different respiratory disorders such as colds, pneumonia, and bronchitis, or it can be used on the back, neck, shoulders, and many other areas of the body for musculoskeletal conditions. Cupping can also help with cosmetic concerns like minimizing scars and reducing the appearance of cellulite by loosening and breaking up the cellulite to create smoother more toned skin and tissue.

Cupping can be added on to an acupuncture treatment or can be done as a standalone treatment. To learn more about Myo Acupuncture, click here. To book an acupuncture treatment or cupping therapy session click here or give us a call at 512-458-4696. If you have any questions, feel free to email our Acupuncturist at

About our Acupuncturist: Lauren Brinkowski graduated at the top of her class from Texas Health and Science University in 2010, and has been with Myo since 2011. She maintains a general practice, but has particular interest in GI disorders, emotional disorders and women’s health, and has success in treating many disorders and ailments such as constipation, diarrhea, gastroparesis, IBS, post-surgery nerve damage, depression, anxiety, insomnia, concussions, PTSD, shingles, Bell’s Palsy, allergies, sciatica, arthritis, colds and flu, vertigo and various kinds of pain.