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Cupping involves the suction of a glass cup, performed by creating a vacuum with a flame before being placed on the body.  During a cupping treatment, the skin's pores are opened and the warming and dispersing effects result in a profoundly increased local blood supply to muscles and skin.  


Occasionally I recommend cupping, where the treatment priority is to release tension such as in painful conditions and in areas of muscular rigidity and tightness.  I also follow traditional methods in China and use cupping to boost the immune system such as for respiratory conditions to aid the lypmhatic system and to protect from coughs and colds during the winter months.  


In my clinical experience, cupping can play a useful role for symptoms in the following conditions: 


  • Musculoskeletal conditions such as pain, soreness or numbness in the neck, shoulder and back.

  • Respiratory conditions such as chronic bronchitis, frequent coughs and colds.

  • Insomnia, anxiety, stress and tiredness.

  • Digestive disorders such as indigestion, constipation and irritable bowel syndrome.

  • Deep tissue work and release without discomfort.

  • Moves stagnation and drains fluids - Relieves Inflammation.

  • Nervous System Sedation.

  • Breaks Up and Expels Congestion.

  • Stretches Muscle and Connective Tissues.

  • Pulls blood supply to the Skin.

  • Facilitates the movement of Qi and Blood systemically and locally.

  • Dispels wind, damp and cold to treat muscle and joint pain, stiffness, and arthritis.

  • Strengthens the immune system by promoting the flow of lymphatic fluid.

  • Treats excess heat conditions, fever, stress, depression and anxiety.

  • Cleans the blood and lymph and helps to balance PH levels.

What will happen during the cupping treatment?

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Cupping is commonly performed on your back, although for certain conditions, it can also be carried out in other areas such as the shoulder joint in frozen shoulder. We are trained in all cupping techniques including massage cupping, stationary cupping, and rapid cupping.


During a cupping treatment, you will feel a deep warming sensation and may feel deeply relaxed and energised at the end of the session. For patients who have used cupping to release muscular tension, it is common to experience a sensation of lightness and flexibility in areas which have previously been painful, knotted, tight and tense. 

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