What is Fire-Cupping ?

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Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. The therapist can then move the cups or leave them stationary.  People get cupping for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammationblood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.

The cups may be made of:

  • Glass 

  • Bamboo

  • Earthenware

  • Silicone


With Fire Cupping the therapist uses fire to burn the oxygen in the glass cups to create the vacuum. This also warms the glass which helps relax sore muscles. 

Silicone cups don't require fire to create the suction and can be used in a similar fashion. They are a great alternative to glass cupping for sensitive areas such as the face. When gentle cupping is used on the face it can reduce wrinkles and ease tension. 

Cupping therapy might be trendy now, especially after the Olympics, but it’s not new. It dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians used cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C.

At StoneWater we use both glass and silicone cups depending on your goals.