Cupping therapy is a complementary therapy that involves placing cups on the skin in a way that creates suction. This gentle pressure is believed to help mobilise blood flow and free up energy blockages to promote natural healing.

The cups themselves can be made from various materials, including glass and bamboo. Dating back to ancient cultures, the therapy follows the lines of the meridians (energy channels referred to in traditional Chinese medicine).

On this page we will explain cupping therapy in more detail including the different types and cupping benefits. We will describe what a treatment feels like and answer the question on everyone’s lips… does it hurt?