Cupping is an ancient Chinese therapy that functions the opposite of massage. Instead of applying pressure to muscles, the cupping suction uses pressure to pull skin, tissue and muscles upward. The techniques of cupping have changed over the years, however, the original philosophy of this ancient treatment has remained the same.

Cupping on Phuket

The art of cupping

Cupping entails placing glass, bamboo or plastic jars on the skin, which in turn creates a vacuum by suctioning out all of the air. The underlying tissues is “sucked” partway into the cup. Cupping has many benefits including enhancing circulation, helping to relieve various pain, removes heat and pulls out the wide array of toxins that linger in the body’s skin tissues. During the cupping treatment, a tight sensation in the area where the cup is placed is usually felt. The tight sensation in fact does not hurt, but feels both soothing and relaxing.


Depending upon the practitioner’s assessment of the problem, cups may be moved around to various body parts or left in just one place. A popular area of the body to be cupped is the back, however the cupping treatment works well on other fleshy sections of the body.



Cupping will cause the skin to temporarily bruise, turning red, blue or purple. This temporary bruising occurs especially if there is an injury or blockage under the area of the body that was cupped. Despite the fact that it may not look very pleasant, the temporary bruising is rarely painful. It may last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, but once the marks have cleared the cupping treatment can be repeated until the condition or ailment is finally taken care of.


Cupping provides relief for a variety of health conditions 

Firm supporters of cupping therapy believe that the suction of the cups mobilizes blood flow to promote the healing of a broad range of health conditions. If you suffer from ailments such as stress, allergies, pain, fatigue, flu and colds, back pain, muscle aches, anxiety, fever or red itchy skin conditions cupping can totally benefit you.

Cupping on Phuket

The continued benefits of cupping are numerous. It releases toxins from the body, while stimulating the flow of fresh blood throughout the body. Cupping reduces pain and inflammation throughout the body, and is well-known for promoting mental and physical relaxation and well-being.


Cupping has also been shown to have cosmetic benefits as the treatment can aid in weight loss and help remove cellulite from fleshy parts of the body.


Who qualifies for cupping therapy? 

Cupping is non-invasive, however, it is not recommended for pregnant or menstruating women. If you suffer from bone fractures or muscle spasms, you should not have the treatment. Cupping is not advised for cancer patients, those who bleed easily or tend to have high fevers and convulsions.


Cupping in Phuket: Chinese cupping therapy in Phuket

If you are interested in learning more about cupping therapy or having a treatment done, look no further than the spa at Santosa Detox and Wellness Center. Cupping Therapy is one of our signature treatments, lasts for an hour and is a very affordable 1,200 THB per session. For more information about Cupping in Phuket, please call +66 (0) 76 330 600 or simply fill out the enquiry form below.

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