Cupping Treatment

Sliding Scale Between $20-$40

Cupping therapy is an ancient form of treatment in which a therapist places special cups on your skin to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being. Appointment takes approximately 20 mins.

Cupping is available by appointment with Olivia

If you are coming in for your FIRST cupping session with us, please download, print, fill out and bring this form with you, or come in at least 10 minutes before your session to fill it out at the clinic. If you are a repeat cupping client, please arrive at least 5 minutes before your appointment time.

Cupping is a healing modality used for thousands of years to promote circulation, ease pain, release muscle tension, clear heat and expel toxins. Cupping drastically increases blood flow to a local area, helping tissues heal. Cupping is beneficial for back pain, shoulder tension, improving range of motion, respiratory condition (asthma/bronchitis/common cold), anxiety and stress release.

How does a cupping treatment feel?

Clean reusable plastic cups are placed on the back using a manual pump, which extracts the air out of the cups and creates suction. There is a pulling sensation when the cups are placed, which can also feel like a deep massage. Often, the cupping sensation feels relaxing within 1-2 minutes of cup placement, as muscles release tension. The cups remain on your body for 5-10 minutes.

What are those marks?

It is common for cupping to cause red or purple skin discoloration (petechia). (You may have seen athletes’ or celebrities’ photos in the media with round cupping marks.) These marks are a normal result of a cupping treatment, rarely cause discomfort, and will usually fade after a few days to a week. Plan to keep your skin in this area mostly covered and warm to support the increased blood flow.

Cupping is CONTRAINDICATED if you:

  • Are pregnant

  • Have a bleeding disorder or bruise easily (due to medication, etc)

  • Have skin rash or ulcers (non-intact skin) in cupping area

  • Receiving radiation or chemotherapy

  • Have had a whiplash injury less than 2 weeks ago

What is the fee for cupping?

Cupping is provided as a separate service for $20-40 for a session. Acupuncturists are not able to add on cupping during acupuncture, it must be scheduled separately. The cupping session will take 15-20 minutes and receiving an acupuncture treatment after your cupping session is a great way to combine two powerful therapies.

How do I prepare for cupping?

Make sure you have eaten within 2 hours of your cupping and hydrate well.

Bring or wear a button-down shirt that can be worn with opening in the back, a stretchy tank top, a modest sports bra or another garment that would allow for modesty and back and neck access.

Bring a warm layer of clothing with you – it is important to keep the cupped area warm and protected after the treatment.

What aftercare should I do?

Take it easy the rest of the day after your session, or at the very least rest for a few hours.

Drink plenty of fluids to help flush out any toxins from your system, avoid alcohol and other intoxicants.

Avoid extremes of temperature and activity for at least 24 hours after your session.

If you feel sore from it, a hot shower is helpful.

How often should I get cupping?

Based on the level of color that comes up after your treatment, your acupuncturist will recommend a time to come back. Typically, if the marks are very dark you’ll want to follow up with a couple more sessions over a few weeks.

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