What is Cupping?

Cupping is a non-invasive treatment used on the skin. It works by creating suction on the skin’s surface when either hot or cold cups are applied. Positive results are numerous and include relief of muscular tension; improved blood flow; general cell repair; reduction of adhesion; and formation of new connective tissues and blood vessels.

The cups themselves are made of either silicone (cold and applied on oil) or glass (heated first with fire). The application of oil to the skin aids the use of the cups in each case. Cupping works on the skin and within our fascia (the thin white envelope that surrounds our muscles and organs). The fascia is hard to define, but it effectively connects the whole body and is sometimes not fully considered when pain or healing takes place.

Cupping originated in China around 1700 years ago, and has been valued as a practice ever since. The Chinese described it as facilitating the flow of “Qi” (life force), which balances the negative (Yin) and positive (Yang) within the body. There are very few side effects associated with cupping, and any tend to occur during or immediately after your session.

Pain is frequently felt in a different place (or places) to the location of the actual dysfunction that is causing it. This is because your body is made up of many different tissues, all of which are connected. An Osteopath identifies and treats the root cause of your pain, rather than focussing on your symptoms. This cause may be an issue developed over time or come from a recent injury. This holistic approach addresses the pain and dysfunction, and also promotes your body’s ability to selfheal.

What does Cupping treat?

  • Chronic pain
  • Easing conditions that cause muscular aches
  • Boost to the body’s vitality
  • Digestive issues
  • Long term healing
  • General tension
  • Blood circulation


After consultation and assessment I determine which type of cupping is most appropriate for you. I then explain the process before we begin.

  • Hot cupping
    • I first apply jojoba oil and then place heated glass cups onto your skin. Heating is achieved using a piece of cotton embedded with alcohol. I inflame this and place it directly into the cup. I then remove the cotton before applying the cup to your skin. When the air inside the cup cools, a vacuum draws skin and muscle upwards. Cups are used either statically (leaving them on your skin for a maximum of 20 minutes) or in a more dynamic way that will feel similar to a massage. As your blood vessels respond to the change in temperature, the skin may become slightly red. Marks do not remain and are generally gone within ten days.
  • Cold cupping
    • I first apply jojoba oil and then gently apply the silicone cup to your skin. The cup will be chosen according to the area of your body being treated, and will be the most appropriate size. During treatment I will carefully move it along this area.

Alliance and partnership with you and your body

I work in alliance with you and your body, and will always check that there are no counter-indications before commencing any treatment. I will explain in advance what to expect, and why I am doing it. At the end of the session, I will provide appropriate advice to ensure you get the most positive results.

Who is Cupping for?

Cupping is for beneficial for:

  • Patients of any age (not appropriate for fragile or delicate skin)
  • Patients with aches, pains or circulatory issues
  • Patients requiring a non-invasive treatment, or an alternative to acupuncture
  • A positive complement to other musculoskeletal treatments
  • Tension and poor general health
  • Post-operative recovery


Whether as a treatment to enhance your vitality, or supporting specific healing or musculoskeletal issues, my goal is to reinforce your body’s functionality to its maximum potential.

Florence is dedicated to recognising and strengthening the mind body connection. Cupping may also enhance or act as a complement to other therapies.

Everything is connected.

Pain definition

“An unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage”.

Source: The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)

4 pain types

  • Acute pain.
  • Chronic pain.
  • Neuropathic pain.
  • Nociceptive pain.
  • Radicular pain

from NHS survey

  • The prevalence of chronic pain amongst adults was 34% and it was more common in women (38%) than in men (30%).
  • Prevalence of chronic pain increased with age, ranging from 16% among people aged 16–24 years to 53% among those aged 75 years and over

No flow leads to pain, flow prevents pain.”

Huang Di Nei Jing