Cupping Therapy

Modern Cupping therapy in its most evolved version is a precious massage, performed thanks to several glass cups connected to a machine that creates rhythmic aspiration and decompression.
Born to relax and decontract, cupping is also very effective in aesthetics to drain and detoxify. This is why cupping therapy proves to be very suitable in cases of cellulite and water retention, and, on the face, when there are bags or swelling around the eyes.

It is an ancient technique, already mentioned in some documents of 3300 BC, and originally attributed to traditional Chinese medicine, even if its geographical origins are not so certain.

How does cupping work?

The glass cups of various shapes and sizes – from 3 millimeters up to 8 centimeters – are connected to an advanced machine (Lymphodrainer) and positioned in precise points, generally along the lymphatic lines. There, they create a light, modulable sucker effect, with the aim of reactivating the mobility of liquids as well as improving blood circulation and oxygenation.

There are various methods for making the cups adhere: from the static application (they remain stationary in the points where they have been placed), to the dynamic one (the therapist will glide them along the chosen area instead, with the help of expertly used essential oils). In any case they will create an exclusive relaxing massage, which reactivates the energy flow and removes blockages, as required by the holistic philosophy.

The glass cups are placed and swept over acupuncture points to stimulate the meridians and release energy flows throughout the body, resulting in well-being and eliminating blockages. A highly pleasant and relaxing treatment, cupping therapy is also ideal for men who lead a sedentary life.

Benefits of cupping therapy

Right from the start, the patient has a feeling of general well-being and regained energy.

Furthermore, on an aesthetic level, there is an evident reduction in the circumference of the leg, which, emptied of toxins, loses its “mattress” effect.

In general, cupping therapy works against:

  • water retention;
  • swellings;
  • contractures;
  • heaviness;
  • cellulite.

The treatment is suitable for many areas: back, buttocks, legs, belly, shoulders and face. Cupping therapy reduces swelling (especially in the legs) and water retention, stimulates diuresis, relieves muscle contractures, improves cellulite.

In summary

For whom it is appropriate

Cupping is indicated in case of heaviness, swelling.

Problems handled

Water retention, swelling, heaviness, energy blocks, cellulite.


Any age.


Non-invasive – massage.


30 minutes for a small area, 50 for large areas.

Number of sessions and frequency

4-6 weekly sessions.


Drink plenty of water to help eliminate fluids.


Image team performs cupping therapy in Milan.


View cupping therapy prices on our pricing page, or fill out the form to request information.


What is cupping for?

Cupping is very useful to counteract both cellulite in all its stages, and edema. The cups are “swept” along the paths of traditional Chinese medicine, so the meridians of the individual organs can be worked, in particular those responsible for the elimination of excess liquids (kidneys, bladder), and fat (biliary bladder and liver).

The cups, which – we remind you – are of different shapes and sizes, can be applied to all areas where there are muscles and fat (back, legs, abdomen, arms, face) including around the eyes in case of bags and water retention. Obviously, there are some forbidden parts such as the spine and the areas where suction is not possible, and therefore the cup cannot “work” there.

Orthopedic cupping can leave marks for a few days, sometimes even bruises; instead, the aesthetic cupping therapy that we use at Image Regenerative Clinic for bioenergetic massage leaves no marks: the specific oils the therapist uses protect the skin, furthermore the cups are slid, and the vacuum effect is never particularly intense.

Cupping therapy can be performed every day without issues. At Image we suggest a cycle of six to ten sessions once or twice a week, depending on the problem to be tackled.

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