Cupping Therapies in Adelaide

What Is Cupping Therapy?

Cupping Therapy is an ancient alternative medicine therapy and complementary treatment that utilizes special “cups” to create suction in specific locations of the body with the intention to increase blood flow and reduce pain symptoms and deep tissue inflammation within the body.

These special cups are applied with minimal pressure, heat and suction. This suction is caused by the heat within the cup when placed on the body. The beginning of Cupping Therapy is believed to be around 1500 B.C. From then, many cultures have adopted and added more beneficial techniques to cupping therapies.

How does cupping therapy work?


Cupping Therapy may help with:

  • Decreasing Blood Pressure
  • Improving Circulation
  • Decreasing Migraines
  • Decreasing Cellulite
  • Boosting skin function to help with acne and eczema
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Decreasing Myofascial Pain

How does Cupping Theraoy actually work?

Being the skin is the biggest organ of the human body; when doing Cupping Therapy, the cups suction pulls the unhealthy toxins up to the surface of the skin allowing healthy blood and oxygen flow to the needed areas. This allows the toxins to be flushed out through the lymphatic system, kidneys and liver.

What does it feel like?

Cupping is safe, and although it is usually painless, some patients experience a slight sensation of suction and pulling of the skin. This is mostly the only discomfort experienced. For the mayority of people, cupping is enjoyable and relaxing. After the treatment with cupping therapy, it is very normal to have some painless bruising in the circle shapes where the cups were placed. These bruises usually disapear within 3 to 4 days.

Cupping Therapy Services in Adelaide and Surrounding Suburbs

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What Types of Cupping Are There?

There are three main types of Cupping available at SA Wellness Centre


Dry cupping is performed by applying a plastic cup to the surface of the skin and using a pump, air is removed by suction. These cups create a suction of the skin and helps remove toxins from the body. Areas of pain and inflammation greatly benefit from cupping as it relieves congestion and allows blood to flow easier. 


The traditional Chinese type of cupping is fire cupping which uses fire to burn out oxygen in the glass cup to create a suction effect. People usually get fire cupping for many purposes; including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.

hijama wet cupping


For Wet Cupping, small scratches are made to the surface of the skin with a sterile blade after dry cupping has been performed for a few minutes. The aim of Hijama is to extract stagnated or congested blood from certain points around your body. Some patients say it tickles and others compare it to the flick of an elastic rubber band.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does it hurt?

Pain tolerance differs from person to person though you can be reassured that with the hundreds of people we have serviced to date that we have had no client unable to tolerate the procedure. Some patients say it tickles and others compare it to the flick of an elastic rubber band.

How long are cups applied for in cupping therapy?

Depending on your body and condition, cups may be placed on your skin for up to ten minutes. They may either stay in place for that time, or the practitioner will remove them and place them on another location of your body.

Hijama is different depending on the patient and the practitioner.

Side effects of cupping?

During cupping therapy the patient should expect a slight pulling, stretching and/or warm sensation when the cups are applied to the skin.

Various pressures of the cups are applied depending on your body type and type of pain or condition you are experiencing. If the cups are slid up and down your skin you will feel a slight stretch, almost the same as a massage.

Often the cups will leave reddening of the skin where the cups were applied, depending on the strength of the suction. These marks will fade sooner if they are lighter in color, and may take a bit longer if they are darker in color. Typically the reddening shows up stronger on the first treatment.

How many Treatments are needed?

This is a difficult question to answer as no literature has been published with regards to treatment frequency and diseases. We can only suggest you base treatments on subjective outcomes i.e how you feel the days/weeks following your cupping treatment. Most people will return once per month and others every 3 months, 6 months or 12 months routinely.

What is Hijama (Wet Cupping)?

Hijama is an ancient bloodletting technique utilised in many parts of the Middle East, China and Europe. To be more specific this traditional technique is utilised within the Middles East off the advice given by the Greatest Prophet of Islam.

How does Hijama (Wet Cupping) work?

Hijama involves the application of cups through vacuum to certain points on your body. Once cups are in position blood is drawn into the cups through small skin incisions made prior. 

The aim of Hijama is to extract stagnated or congested blood from certain points around your body. The theory is that such blood could slow down the delivery of much needed oxygen, mineral electrolytes, vitamins, enzymes, immune system cells & antibodies  to your cells, tissues and organs. With stagnated or congested blood present in your body; your cells, tissues and organs may not function at the best and so latter become progressively weak, inefficient or easily overcome by Bacteria, Infection etc.

Who is not suitable for Hijama?
  • Children below the age of 10 years old
  • Adults above the age of 70 years old
  • People suffering from a lack of red blood cells (Anemia)
  • People recovering from surgery
  • People using blood thinning or Anti-Clotting medication such as Aspirin, Rivaroxaban (Xarelto), Dabigatran (Pradaxa), Apixaban (Eliquis), Heparin (various), Warfarin (Coumadin) etc
  • Pregnant women & women Breast feeding (during and 6 months after feeding ceased)
  • People with a history of Cancer, Diabetes, Heart attacks and Asthma attacks.



Remedial Massage Therapist


Kanex completed her Diploma of Remedial Massage at Southern Cross Education Institute in 2017 and with an additional qualification in Dry Needling in 2019. She has been working in this industry for more than 6 years and she specialized with a large focus on deep tissue/remedial style treatments where she also incorporates different techniques to aid the release of muscular tension. In 2020, she also gained her Certificate III In Fitness to help her clients achieve their wellness goals.

She uses Trigger Point Therapy, Deep Tissue, Swedish Massage, Acupressure, Hot Stones, Cupping, Dry Needling, stress and pain relief as well as reflexology to assist with her techniques based on client’s individual needs.




Harley began studying a Bachelor of Health Science – Myotherapy to help not only himself but for others in healing their bodies from a variety of musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. His focus with his clients is to reduce pain, improve the quality of function in muscles and joints, and client education. Harley’s interests lay in acute and chronic conditions of the musculoskeletal system and he can utilise a variety of techniques such as cupping, dry needling, and joint mobilisation to list a few in the treatment and care of his clients.

Harley’s also a professional soccer player. Having a background in sports and doing it for nearly two decades now has influenced him to follow this career path. Harley has always been interested in taking the best care of his own body from a recovery point of view and that has led to an interest in helping others with their own recovery and management of injuries.

He consults in both locations




Tereza completed her Bachelor’s degree in Health Science (Myotherapy) from Endeavour College of Natural Health. She is very excited to work and help clients manage a range of issues such as pain and injury management, neuropathic and musculoskeletal issues, and much more!

Tereza also has a Certificate 3 in Fitness. She has worked helping a soccer club in Adelaide for a couple of seasons and has also worked as a lifeguard at the Woodside Army Barracks!

From a young age, Tereza found her passion in helping people. She really loves helping clients achieve the best quality out of treatments and being able to help clients increase potential! As a Myotherapist, Tereza’s specialties include dry needling and electro-needling, injury management and prevention, postural issues such as alignment, weakness, scoliosis, and strengthening as well as techniques including cupping, taping, stretching, exercise prescription, neurodynamic and joint health.

When not at work, you’ll usually find Tereza with her wonderful husband – Reece, walking their dog – Lordy, taking care of their garden, or watching a favorite TV show! Tereza also has other passions including music (she plays violin), researching, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle!


Remedial Massage Therapist


Andrew started his current journey 5+ years ago. Initially completing a Qualification in Personal Training specialising in Corrective Exercise & Natural Movement. He has put a lot of the concepts he learnt during those first couple of years into his own daily practice, recognising his own restrictions and working on these daily, particularly mobility (which was restricted after working as a Carpenter for 20 years)
“I believe moving well is one of the key factors to improved health and wellbeing particularly as we age” he said.

After Andrew completed the Diploma of Remedial massage his focus shifted to providing manual therapy as the core of his business and providing advice on stretching and strengthening as an additional service. Thus, providing a holistic service. As a Carpenter selects the appropriate tool for the task at hand, so too he believes its about selecting the right treatment plan for each client.

Currently Andrew offers the following massage services below.

  • Deep tissue massage.
  • Myofascial release (Also advice on Self Myofascial release)
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Functional release cupping (a blend of static and dynamic cupping with movement) a great way to lengthen restricted muscles.
  • Dry needling (targeting stubborn trigger points and areas of pain & restriction)
  • Range of movement testing (to determine where your restricted)
  • Corrective exercise (to regain balance by stretching tight muscles and strengthening weak ones. Also addressing postural issues)

Of all the reasons why, you will want to see Andrew as a Remedial massage therapist, the number one reason is fundamentally because your seeking “CHANGE”

To CHANGE the way you feel & To CHANGE the way you move
It may sound like a pretty basic concept but the beauty with this approach. change is measurable; therefore, we can track your progress, look at what is working and alter what isn’t.

“I believe that if the stressors are removed or reduced and given the right environment the body will in most cases heal itself over time, or at least achieve measurable gains. That is where, as a manual therapist I look for those stressors, restrictions, things that are causing pain and/or restriction and provide the appropriate treatment for your situation”.

“I do not consider what I do as working for a living, as I enjoy the journey, helping others to move freer with reduced pain. Learning all I can about my chosen field and celebrating my clients wins.”

When Andrew is not in the clinic or studying, he enjoy bodyweight & mobility training, or otherwise known as Natural Movement Practice (MovNat). Also spending time out in Nature.


Myotherapist & Hijama Practitioner



Diego joined the SA Wellness Centre team in January 2020 as a Myotherapist.

Diego comes from a nursing and pathology background and studied a Bachelor degree in Health Science in Myotherapy. He is also one of the first certified Hijama practitioners in SA. His duty of care is exceptional. Diego also offers dry needling, dry cupping and wet cupping to help with various types of muscle pain such as, upper and lower back pain, sciatica, headaches and migraines, shoulder pain; just to name a few.

As a Myotherapist, Diego is committed to delivering exceptional treatment, providing relief from injury and discomfort, and encouraging creative flow in a nurturing, professional environment.

Please feel free to call and speak to our friendly staff if you would like to find out more about Myotherapy and how it can help you.



Remedial Massage Therapist


Keli has a passion for the human body and psychology which has led her to a career as a massage therapist where she can help people use their bodies and minds to their full capabilities. She believes massage to be a wonderful gift we can give ourselves, and that the benefits to body and soul are boundless.

She offers relaxation, sports, deep tissue, remedial, pregnancy massage as well as cupping therapy. Her approach to massage, no matter what modality, is first in developing trust and a state of relaxation. She has a gentle but firm technique that can be adjusted to each client based on their needs and preferences each time they visit.

Keli loves working closely with clients of all ages to understand the contributing factors to their physical condition and help improve their quality of life and well-being through a proactive maintenance approach.

She is originally from the Eyre Peninsula of South Australia where she grew up on her family farm, playing sports and fostering an enormous love for nature and the ocean. In her free time, she loves surfing, walking the dog, yoga, gardening, and cooking.

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