An ancient form alternative medicine therapy in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. Purposes, include helping with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage. First, a massage will be performed to loosen up the muscles. After this, the cups will be applied and will do their work for up to 20 minutes. After a session, suction cup marks will be present on the skin. These marks can take up to a week to heal.