What is Cupping?

Cupping is an ancient therapy dating back thousands of years to Ancient Egypt and China, it was used as a simple effective treatment for a range of health complaints, and it is still used in those regions today.


Hijama is an Arabic word and it means to draw out or suck.


How does Cupping work?

Cups are placed on the skin and negative pressure is applied to suck all the air out of the cup, this negative pressure will draw toxic blood to the surface of the skin.


Cupping pulls a fresh supply of blood to the area where the cup is and this will improve blood and lymph circulation allowing much-needed nutrients, hormones, and food to reach the organs, nerves and body tissues.


Cupping stimulates the immune system to function more effectively thus improving the body function, removes stagnation (slow flowing static blood), reducing pain and illness. Cupping encourages the body to flush toxins and replenish with healthy new blood cells.


I offer Hijama (wet cupping) and moving cupping and fixed dry cupping.


What is Wet cupping Hijama?

Wet Cupping is also known as HIJAMA. During hijama, after the vacuum is created the cups are removed and very small surface scratches are made to the skin. Cups are then replaced which allows a small amount of blood to be released: this is toxic blood and unhealthy for the body.


Picture of cups in wet cupping hijama

The body will make healthy new red blood cells so do not worry.


Hijama is a Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ and there are Sunnah days where it is recommended to have treatments. If you have ongoing or acute problems, regular sessions would be recommended, in some cases weekly and fortnightly.

Moving Cupping

In Moving Cupping an oil is applied to the skin before light suction is applied to the cup, the cup is then glided over the skin, this type of cupping is particularly beneficial for pain relief and it’s also very relaxing!


I use silicone cups for this is it really good for a deep tissue massage of the muscles and I sometimes use this is Aromatherapy massage and Mizan therapy for stubborn knots.


Dry Cupping

Fixed Dry Cupping is simply having cups placed on the body, the negative pressure created using a pump the cups are left stationary for some minutes and then removed, this is suited for those who need a very gentle cupping treatment and it is also used along with the wet and moving cupping.


What does Cupping help with?

Cupping is a great detox, a preventative measure and excellent pain management. Some of the conditions cupping can help with include muscle and joint pain, Women’s health issues, diabetes, blood disorders, inflammation, depression, anxiety, skin problems, headache and migraine and much more.


The other cupping methods (moving and fixed dry) are also beneficial to improve blood circulation, lymphatic drainage, stimulate the immune system and can improve well-being.


What to expect in a cupping session

My Hijama sessions start with a consultation, you will be asked to complete a form before your visit. We will then have a quick chat about what you hope to gain from the treatment and I will let you know where I will be cupping.


I usually begin with some massage and moving cupping, this helps to get the blood flowing and ready for the cups. I then place the cups and on and begin the session.


Hijama sessions are 60 minutes in total, there is no limitation on the cups, and the amount given is at my discretion. If you feel you need more time than this you can book a double session.


Now you know what Cupping therapy is, would you like to book?

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