Slide cupping, fire cupping, suction cupping


Cupping treatment is used alongside acupuncture or massage treatments, helping to achieve the desired treatment outcomes. Traditional Chinese medicine theory suggests that cupping moves Qi and Blood, thereby alleviating pain and improving circulation. Like the effects of massage, blood and lymph circulation is improved, pain reduced and function enhanced.

Person holding flame beside a glass cup ready for fire cupping.
Glass cup being heated with a flame to produce suction.
Plastic suction cups placed on woman's back.

What is it good for? Like massage, cupping is great for painful musculoskeletal conditions and injury. Used alongside an acupuncture treatment it can also be used to treat a variety of ailments.

What happens during a treatment? Glass or plastic cups are placed on the body where required, with a suction applied which creates a comfortable pulling sensation. The suction is created with a vacuum pump, or if traditional methods are used, a flame is used to create the suction. The cups are either left in position, or a technique called slide cupping is used, which is like a massage with the cups.

Cupping marks may be present on the skin after treatment, although this isn’t always the case. The marks look like bruises and can be anything from pink, to red to purple. The darker the mark, often the longer it takes to fade. The marks indicate the movement of blood and can be used as a diagnostic method by your acupuncturist.


How will I feel after a treatment? Again, it’s easiest to liken this to the feeling after a good massage. Your muscles may feel ‘worked’, and you may have the same soreness (DOMS – delayed onset massage soreness). Many patients feel that pain is greatly reduced and they have a better range of movement following a cupping treatment.


Why do I need a consultation? Your initial treatment includes a consultation looking into medical history and aspects of lifestyle which may be influencing your current condition. This not only ensures that the treatment is suitable for you but that positive effects can be maintained.


How can I book a treatment? Cupping treatments are usually used alongside acupuncture or massage treatments. However, if you would like to book cupping as a standalone treatment, please contact Sunny to arrange this.

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Sunny is happy to answer any questions you may have about the treatment or your condition.

You can book by phone, text, email or online. If you can’t see a suitable slot on the online booking system, please get in touch.