Dry Cupping

At The Health Suite, we offer a range of alternative therapies including dry cupping to improve circulation and ease pain

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Dry cupping is an ancient form of medicine that originated in the East.

The common use for dry cupping is to increase blood circulation to a particular part of the body.


Dry cupping is done by applying suction cups to the skin that is either dry or to which oil has been applied. The suction is achieved by putting a small, manually-operated suction pump on a valve that is attached to each suction cup. The practitioner can control the amount of suction used.

The oil allows the practitioner to glide the suction cup over the affected area providing a form of deep tissue massage. This can be highly beneficial for aches and pains.

The cups can also be left static for anywhere between five and 20 minutes. This aids tissue recovery, in particular for muscles. Multiple cups can be applied at one time to a painful or stiff area.

Active stretching can also be carried out while the cups are applied. This is greatly beneficial for athletes who want to improve their range of movement.

After treatment

When the cups are removed, the skin treated will have red circular areas that correspond to the diameter of the cup. This is the residual effect of the treatment indicating that blood and fluid have come to the surface, kick-starting a healing process.

Neovascularisation (new blood vessel formation) occurs in response to blood being drawn into the tissue. This leads to an increase in nutrient and oxygen content within the localised area. These red areas are temporary and will subside quickly over a few days.

Dry cupping uses

Dry cupping can be used for the following:

  • Muscle pain, strain and soreness
  • Sciatica
  • Osteoarthritis and other joint-related pain
  • Headaches
  • Detoxification
  • Improving performance in athletes
  • Digestive issues
  • Improving breathing mechanics
  • Stress and anxiety

Although dry cupping is considered safe, it should only be performed by a trained practitioner.

Our Consultant Osteopath has over 10 years of professional experience and can incorporate dry cupping into your osteopathy treatment or provide it as a standalone service.

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Booking and pricing

This therapy is delivered by Fatema Contractor

First appointment

30 minutes                £35

Follow-up appointments

20 minutes              £30