The Mystery Behind The Circular Marks On Paltrow's Back Is Solved By Michael Greta, President Of The Acupuncture Society Of New York, Who Describes The Therapy On The Early Show.

Cupping provides relief for many health conditions. Cupping therapy  is an ancient form of  alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your  skin  for a few minutes to create suction. The therapist then removes the cup and uses a small scalpel to make light, tiny cuts on your skin. Cupping is based on the meridian theory of the body. It is similar to the way deep tissue massage can be used to break up scar tissue and reduce pain. With air cupping, an alternative to fire cupping, a hand-held suction pump is used to remove air from the cups, creating the vacuum without heat. The modern name for cupping is baguanfa or suction cup therapy. Glass cups are generally used for cupping, although bamboo cups are also used. Both glass and plastic cups were developed, though the plastic ones are not very well suited to moving along the skin once in place, as the edges are not entirely smooth and the strength of the cups is limited.  There are five meridian lines on the back, and these are where the cups are usually placed. Movement of the cups is a gentler technique than guasha, as a lubricant allows the cup to slide without causing as much of the subcutaneous bruising that is an objective of guasha. 

Massage oil may be applied to create a better seal as well as allow the cups to glide over muscle groups e.g. trapezium, erectors, latisimus dorsi, etc. in an act called “moving cupping”. Phelps would go on to earn his 19th gold medal. The mystery behind the circular marks on Paltrow's back is solved by Michael Greta, president of the Acupuncture Society of New York, who describes the therapy on The Early Show. I'm always looking for something that might be better.”