It is very bizarre walking past a room where someone is receiving cupping. It sounds like a blend of massage and karate going on inside. It is one of the few very low-tech therapies, but it's kind of fun to do. It's one of the few procedures that you can practice at home on your friends, and they'll still be your friends.
In the unit I am on right now, the repiratory therapist does the cupping. Generally, the patients have it done four times a day. I was watching the respiratory therapist, asking her questions about her technique. "Do you want to do some?" she asked, so I jumped in.
"How am I doing?" I asked my patient after a few minutes. "What grade do I get?"
My patient laughed and gave me passing marks.