Fire cupping is a little known Chinese medical technique, recently popularised by the Olympic Team. Fire cupping works by creating a vacuum in a glass cup with a flame. The cup is then applied to the skin, drawing out toxins and tensions from the body and enabling a ‘reverse massage’ to be performed. This process is particularly effective at releasing stubborn spasms in muscles but because suction is involved it can result in contusions/bruises. This outcome, whilst unsightly, is considered desirable as it indicates the treatment is working. Although sometimes offered by beauty therapists, these side effects mean it is best performed by suitably qualified professionals with a background in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Traditionally, cupping has been used to treat lung disorders such as coughs, asthma, bronchial congestion and other disorders such as,paralysis, digestive complaints and pain. Research has shown that cupping is beneficial in treating anxiety, depression, back pain, varicose veins (wet cupping), high blood pressure, eczema, acne, fertility, arthritis, fibromyalgia, diabetes, anemia, shingles, insomnia and gout. [Guarneri et al, 2019 [Online] available at://www.medicinenet.com/cupping/article.htm#where_did_cupping_come_from ]
It can be a calming and relaxing experience and most people really enjoy it.
Please note we are trained in cupping procedures and will not leave the horrid scars you may see on the internet!