What is Cupping?

therapy imageCupping is an ancient therapy derived from the Far East which has been practised for many centuries, and can be dated back to the Ancient Egyptians in approximately 1550BC.

The technique involves creating a vacuum or negative pressure in a glass cup by using either a flame or a suction pump which is then applied to the area of the body requiring treatment.


How does Cupping work?

Cupping therapy works by drawing skin and underlying tissue into the cup and is effective in the following ways:
  • Increasing the circulation of blood to the area being treated which clears the build up of toxins in the muscle tissue
  • Facilitating soft tissue release
  • Loosening and lifting connective tissue by promoting the flow of lymphatic fluids
  • Draining stagnation in muscles by releasing stubborn knots
  • Breaking up and expelling congestion in rigid tissues
  • Relieving inflammation
  • Releasing stiffness in ways not possible using traditional massage
  • Stimulating skin and muscle
The therapeutic effects of cupping are characterised as deeply warming, relaxing and invigorating. It leaves the patient feeling refreshed and revitalised.

Cupping is particularly effective for dispelling colds and clearing congestion, and for back pain and musculoskeletal problems such as frozen shoulder.

The technique causes the skin to turn red, blue or purple, especially if there is a blockage under the cups. The skin discoloration may last anywhere from a few days up to two weeks. However, the treatment is very pleasant to receive and not painful, it is similar to a deep tissue massage.




What we offer and where

Our clinics in Cambridgeshire and London offer Acupuncture, Osteopathy, Naturopathy, Trigger Point Therapy, Sports Injury and Deep Tissue Massage treatments for an extensive range of conditions.

Our Sawtry clinic covers a wide area from Peterborough to Huntingdon and St. Neots, while at the Steeple Morden clinic we receive patients from Baldock and Royston, plus Ashwell and all over North Herts.

From Deeping St James, our most rural clinic attracts patients from Stamford, Spalding and Peterborough.