Cupping is a TCM healing modality which used cups, typically glass, to create a suction on the body. Benefits of cupping include relaxation, increased circulation and pain relief, to name a few. During cupping, Laura Jean would light a cotton ball containing alcohol on fire, place it carefully under the cup and then quickly and carefully place the cup on the skin in order to not loose the heat so that the suction is created by a vacuum. This causes your skin to rise and redden, potentially to a purple tone, leaving a mark for up to 10 days.