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Cupping therapy alleviates many different symptoms and provides relief in a wide range of health problems and conditions. Cupping is particularly helpful for pain relief, soft muscle tissue injuries, acute and chronic infections, and combatting tiredness and depression.

The tradition of cupping

The use of cupping has a long history and variations of its practice have been traced back to as early as 3,000 BC. It became more widely popular from around 1,000 BC in China and was notably used by the famous Greek physician, Hippocrates, around the beginning of the fourth century BC. He included cupping as a treatment for internal diseases and structural problems.

How does cupping work?

Cupping therapy involves placing cups (usually made of glass, silicone, or plastic) on lightly oiled skin and positioned over specific acupuncture points which are chosen depending on the nature of the condition being treated. A vacuum is created within the cup - either by applying heat or by the use of a small mechanical pump - with the result that the skin is drawn up within the cup. The negative pressure (suction) that is created intensifies blood flow and increases the spread of Qi energy, nourishing the internal organs and tissues and stimulating the weakened internal functions. The resulting improvement in metabolism fosters wellbeing and the prevention of disease.

What is involved in the treatment?

A cupping session begins with a consultation to assess your needs. Cupping can be applied either on its own or followed by acupuncture. Once this is determined, cups are placed on specific areas of the body (predominantly on the back) and left in position for 10 to 15 minutes. If acupuncture is added this requires a further 25 minutes or so. The sensation is often described as a gentle pulling or tugging. After the cups are removed, you may notice some temporary marks where the cups were placed. These will fade within a few days. During the session you will experience a deep sense of relaxation as the cups work their magic.

What are the benefits of cupping?

  • Relieves muscle tension and soreness
  • Addresses the causes and symptoms of respiratory infections
  • Relieves pain
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Calms the nervous system
  • De-toxifies the body
  • Stimulates the immune system
  • Removes water and fluid retention
  • Improves metabolism and the functioning of the internal organs

Indications for cupping therapy

  • Soft tissue injuries, for example, neck or shoulder pain
  • Respiratory diseases, for example, common cold, cough, chest infection
  • Sciatica
  • Mental problems, for example, anxiety, depression, stress, panic attacks
  • Tiredness or chronic fatigue syndrome


  • High fever
  • Severe psychiatric conditions
  • Skin diseases
  • Haemophilia
  • Leukaemia
  • Malignant tumours
  • During pregnancy
  • Severe cardiovascular, kidney, or liver conditions

Treatment prices

TreatmentPrice (per session)

Cupping initial assessment and treatment
(please allow 60 minutes)


Cupping subsequent treatments
(please allow 50 minutes)


Cupping with Acupuncture initial assessment and treatment
(please allow 60 minutes)


Cupping with Acupuncture subsequent treatments
(please allow 50 minutes)


“Karen used cupping to alleviate serve muscular pain along my spine. Even a short course has had significant and long lasting effects. I was amazed at how effective even a short course of this treatment has been.”

Andrew C.

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Who is Karen Ryx?

Karen Ryx is an integrated health practitioner with 25 years of practical experience. She is trained in foot reflexology, facial reflexology, crystal healing, Qi Face and Shoulders Rejuvenating Massage, micro-system acupuncture, NADA protocol, facial enhancement acupuncture, ear-candling and cupping therapy. Karen is a Reiki Master and Teacher in the Reiki Usui Method. Karen Ryx is a full member of the Association of Reflexologists and is registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council.

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Karen’s work should not be used in place of conventional medical care and you are advised not to discontinue any medical treatment you may be receiving. Her treatments are intended to be in harmony with any other healing work that you undertake, including traditional medicine. Always consult a GP or other health professional for medical attention and advice.