Dry Cupping


Dry Cupping treatments are now available, within Aithne’s Monday Clinics from 10am to 4pm.  She is extremely passionate about this treatment technique, having studied it in great depth and as with our other services you can now book in for this procedure Online!

Aithne is the only therapist at A+ Sports Therapy that currently offers this service! 

Dry cupping is a 3000 Year Old Treatment that has origins in both the East (China) & the West (Egypt).


What is Dry Cupping?

It is an effective therapeutic technique used to increase the body’s blood circulation, remove toxins and promote the healing process.  It is performed by placing plastic or glass cups on an area of the skin.  The air inside the cup is then suctioned or vacuumed out and left on the skin for numerous time frames totally dependent on the conditions of the patient.  The body replenishes the cupped areas with healthier blood flow and stimulates healing at a cellular level.

Cupping is a technique that utilises negative pressure to stretch superficial structures in the body including skin, fascia and muscle tissue.  The purpose of this technique is to increase microcirculation of the aforementioned soft tissue structures to enhance the healing process.

Cupping applies a partial vacuum to relieve tension on the skin and the underlying tissues.  This relief of tension promotes an increase of blood flow, which helps the body to begin the process of healing damaged tissues and to remove toxins that have built up over time.  Removal of waste materials in the body can lead to a relief of tension without large amounts of pressure being applied.  Cupping can be used over any region of the body as long as there is a seal between the skin and the cup.

Cupping is used to help relieve tension.  The cupping technique lifts up the soft tissues, relaxing muscles and allowing the fibres to move slightly apart.  This action, releases tension from the muscles and can help to increase flexibility.


What is cupping used for?

Cupping can be applied for a vast number of conditions, such as:

  • Acute & Chronic Conditions
  • Muscle & Joint Pain (including Rheumatoid Arthritis)
  • Increasing a patients range of movement
  • Breaking down knots, adhesions & scar tissue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Headaches & Migraines
  • Sciatica
  • Stress & Anxiety


What are the benefits of cupping? 

Cupping has many benefits such as:


Sport & Performance

Athletes want to keep their body in peak performance and cupping can be most effective in achieving this, from clearing lactic acid or repetitive restrictions, cupping can keep the muscles in a state of optimal functioning at every stage of training/competition.  For when done regularly cupping will have a accumulative effect and help maintain muscle tissue, promoting muscle health and increasing recovery times.


Therapeutic benefits on the body systems (the following list is by no means exhaustive)! 


Body temperature regulation.

  • Cupping can draw excessive heat/inflammation to the surface and out of the area of injuries.
  • Circulation will increase and in turn decrease tension and evenly disperse the excessive heat to allow recovery.


How cupping effects, the skin and the surface tissues. 

  • It stimulates superficial circulation.
  • It supports temperature regulation.
  • It helps to desensitise superficial pain patterns (from aggravated nerve endings).


How cupping affects the cardiovascular system. 

  • It promotes overall circulation.
  • It encourages venous return (deoxygenates blood back to the heart).
  • It affects blood pressure (which benefits patients with both high & low blood pressure by regulating effect).


How cupping affects the muscular system. 

  • It promotes overall skeletal muscle health (by encouraging pliability, hydration & a reduction in tension. It also aids the removal of waste & encourages greater blood flow).
  • It promotes the lengthening of tight muscles.
  • It encourages lymph movement.
  • It stimulates peristalsis (large intestine movement, aiding digestion).
  • It promotes muscle recovery.


How cupping affects the skeletal system. 

  • It relieves inflammation.
  • It can help increase limited range of motion, working on joints with limited movement to improve flexibility & overall mobility.


Dry Cupping Treatment Costs at A+ Sports Therapy

  • 30 Minute Treatment = £30.00
  • 60 Minute Treatment = £45.00
  • 90 Minute Treatment = £60.00