Cupping therapy is an ancient Chinese technique using glass cups. Fire is used to remove the oxygen from the cups and then they are placed on the skin to form a vacuum seal which stimulates blood flow and moves stagnant energy in the area. The suction created encourages impurities to be drawn out through the pores resulting in a detoxifying effect. The cups can be used for the treatment of injuries by encouraging fresh blood flow to the area and therefore promoting recovery and repair.   The cups are either left in one place for 5-10 minutes, such as where there is muscular tension or they are moved around. Massage oil is firstly used on the area and then the cups are placed on the skin and moved around the area smoothly. Cupping can be used to treat conditions such as:

  • Coughs and colds
  • Muscle pain and tension
  • Lower back pain
  • Stress release

I often use cupping  used alongside massage.

A cupping treatment


I’ve been a Sharon’s patient for almost one year and a half. I've used acupuncture to strength my  immune system and I would recommend her and her treatments at any time. Sharon is a very professional and confident acupuncturist that tries to understand your concerns. She will listen to you and to your body very carefully and she will inform you about the treatment that is more convenient for you for one reason or another. I also tried the cupping technique and the massages and it was very effective. In terms of hygiene she follows all the necessary procedures. The needles she uses are very thin so no need to panic, you can hardly feel them and she will make you feel very comfortable.  Inma M