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Hijama Cupping
From £30*

What’s Included In our Cupping Service?

Xpress Cupping for Beginners – £30 – 1 area – dry cupping + up to 2 Wet Cups (15 mins)

Hijama Wet Cupping – Basic £50 – 1 – 6 cups

Hijama Wet Cupping – Standard £60 – 7- 12 cups

Hijama Wet Cupping – Advanced £70 – 13 or more cups

Fire Cupping£40 – Glass Cups (no limit)

Dry Cupping£35 – Static Cups (no limit)

Experience natural pain relief in St Albans through our specialised Hijama/Cupping services. Tailored to individual needs, sessions may include dry, wet/blood (Hijama), or fire cupping. A thorough consultation precedes each session to assess patient requirements. Please be aware that if any health risks are identified, we may decline to perform Hijama.

For first-timers, we provide a detailed explanation of the process and address any questions. Cupping sessions typically last 20-45 minutes, with wet cupping taking longer due to the blood-drawing process. Dry cupping allows us to cover a larger area within this timeframe.

We have a female therapist for ladies too.

Please note that in a single session, we can only address one issue area (unless it’s a general health detox), as the time needed may vary based on severity. If additional sessions are required, we will discuss them during the initial consultation.*

*Travel surcharge will apply for mobile visits.

WHAT DOES The Cupping Session INVOLVE?

  • Full consultation to understand your needs and requirements (either before the appointment or on the day).
  • A complimentary relaxing percussion gun massage to get you started
  • Hijama / Cupping – Can be a mixture of wet, dry and fire cupping. The process is as follows:
    • 1 – Place cups on the required areas for 3-4 minutes
    • 2 – Remove dry cups and assess area. Re-apply in other areas if necessary.
    • 3 – For Wet Cupping apply small incisions to skin where cups were present and re-apply cup to the desired area
    • 4 – Leave for another 3-4 minutes and assess progress.
    • 5 – Remove cups and clean up area. Re-apply if blood is still flowing from a particular area.
    • 6 – Wipe area of incisions with antiseptic.
    • 7 – Assess patient and ensure all is well before completing the process.

Full aftercare will be provided, with a list of action items and precautions to take. We are always available for any questions after the sessions.

Benefits Of CuppinG Therapy

Hijama cupping therapy offers a range of advantages, promoting overall wellness and addressing various health concerns:

  1. Release Scar Tissue and Fascial Adhesions: Hijama cupping aids in the breakdown of scar tissue and fascial adhesions, which can be beneficial for conditions such as post-surgical scars, sports injuries, and musculoskeletal disorders.
  2. Reduce Painful Trigger Points: By targeting specific trigger points, Hijama cupping therapy can alleviate pain and discomfort associated with various conditions, including tension headaches, fibromyalgia, and myofascial pain syndrome.
  3. Improve Circulation: Through the creation of negative pressure, Hijama cupping enhances blood and lymph circulation, which can benefit individuals with poor circulation, peripheral artery disease, and edema.
  4. Relieve Pain : Hijama cupping has shown promise in relieving different types of pain, including tension headaches, migraines, lower back pain, and neck pain.
  5. Promote Mobility and Range of Motion: Hijama cupping helps to loosen tight muscles and connective tissues, improving joint mobility and enhancing range of motion for individuals with conditions like arthritis, frozen shoulder, and stiff muscles.
  6. Improve the Appearance of Mature Scars: Hijama cupping therapy has been reported to contribute to the improvement of mature scars caused by surgeries, burns, or injuries, enhancing their appearance and promoting smoother skin texture.
  7. Detoxify the Body: Hijama cupping assists in the elimination of toxins and stagnant blood, making it beneficial for individuals seeking detoxification, improved immune function, and overall well-being.

While the effectiveness of Hijama may vary from person to person, there have been reports of it providing relief for various issues. Although we cannot guarantee the same results for everyone, Hijama therapy has shown potential benefits for conditions such as asthma, blood pressure, acne, digestive problems, and more.

Types of Cupping Therapies

There are a few types of cupping therapies available, each with its own unique approach and benefits. Here are the ones that we practice at Herts Cupping:

  1. Dry Cupping: This is the most traditional form of cupping. It involves placing cups on the skin, typically using suction, to create a negative pressure. The cups remain in place for a few minutes, promoting blood flow, releasing muscle tension, and providing localised therapeutic effects.
  2. Hijama Wet Cupping: Also known as Hijama or wet cupping, this technique involves making small incisions on the skin after dry cupping. The cups are re-applied to draw out a small amount of blood along with toxins and stagnant fluids. Wet cupping is used to stimulate the body’s healing response and detoxification.
  3. Massage Cupping: This involves applying oil or lotion to the skin to allow the cups to glide smoothly. The cups are moved in a massage-like manner, which helps to release muscle tension, improve circulation, and promote relaxation. It combines the benefits of cupping therapy with the soothing effects of massage.
  4. Fire Cupping: Fire cupping utilises a flame to create suction inside the cups. The flame is momentarily inserted into the cup to heat the air inside, creating a vacuum when the cup is placed on the skin. This method is believed to stimulate blood flow, alleviate muscle soreness, and enhance the flow of energy (Qi) in traditional Chinese medicine.

learn more about what Cupping / Hijama is and the history.

General FAQs

How does it feel?

Cupping is very relaxing and generally not painful.  The sensation that is experienced is a pulling of the skin as the cup is moved in a rolling fashion.  Redness or a feeling of warmth is usually experienced after the release of the cup due to increase blood flow to the area. 

There may be some slight discomfort when opting for the wet cupping and small incisions are applied around the skin when the cup will sit. You tend to feel it more on the sensitive areas but it’s only for a short period. Note: They are not ‘deep cuts’ as some like to call it and it’s simply scratching the skin to enable blood flow.

Who can benefit?

Almost anyone can benefit from cupping.  It is used to treat lack of mobility, tight muscles, scars and many diagnoses like headaches, tendinitis, sciatica, bursitis, plantar fasciitis, fibromyalgia, and release of trigger points. Check out these 10 benefits for Cupping.

If you are a Muslim by faith then it’s extra beneficial for you, as the teaching state that Cupping is ‘the best of remedies’ and can help you recover from other issues and illnesses if you have faith in it. In addition it is a sunnah practice, so you will be rewarded for undertaking it.

What to expect after treatment?

Mild soreness is to be expected from the build up of lactic acid in the muscle tissue, but less soreness than a deep tissue massage.  Circular bruises are to be expected and can last up to a week.  Physical exertion and heat are not recommended after the treatment.

If opting for the wet cupping (Hijama) there may be some itchiness where the incisions were applied, and depending on your body, it may take slightly longer for it to heal.