Cupping is an ancient technique used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is practised regularly in hospitals throughout China and by complementary health professionals around the world.

Cupping therapy works at two levels:

  1. Cupping works on your soft tissue to stimulate blood circulation, release toxins and relax the nervous system.
  2. Applied at points along the meridians, cupping removes blockages and constrictions, re-aligning qi and enabling energy and blood to flow more freely through your body.
  3. Cupping stimulates the lymphatic system and is therefore beneficial in supporting immunity.


A vacuum is created inside a cup which is then placed upside down on your skin, causing the tissue to be sucked upwards into the cup. This pulling on the soft tissue is like the inverse of the pressure applied through massage.

Cups may be gently moved along your skin during treatment, or left in one position. Several cups may be used on the skins surface, and each cup is left in place for five to fifteen minutes.

At Therapy Works, cupping is used in conjunction with acupuncture and other modalities. We use glass cups and attach a small pump to create the vacuum, or more traditionally we use direct heat to the inside of the cup.

Conditions which may be treated with cupping:

  • Blood disorders such as anaemia and haemophilia
  • Rheumatic diseases such as arthritis and fibromyalgia
  • Fertility and gynaecological disorders
  • Colds and Flus
  • Muscle Pain and inflammation
  • Migraine
  • Bronchial congestion caused by allergies and asthma
  • Brusing, soft tissue trauma
  • Sports injuries
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