Vacuum Cupping Therapy

for those seeking pain or muscle tension relief, increased mobility, enhanced sleep quality and improving muscular balance

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Soften tight muscles, release toxins and improve blood flow to tissues with vacuum cupping.

This holistic form of alternative medicine applies vacuum pressure with cups to lift the connective tissues away from the skin.

We offer three different forms of vacuum cupping:

Functional cupping incorporates a formal screening assessment, which determines the best position to get the fastest release and unlock specific muscle chains. You’ll be placed in strategic, functional positions while the cupping therapy is applied. This recovery session works to restore specific movement patterns that may be limited during workouts, training or everyday life.

Glass cupping offers holistic benefits similar to acupuncture. Movement may be applied to the cups to stimulate and restore the flow within the body. Aromatherapy can be added to this service for no extra charge.

Fire cupping incorporates the use of fire/heat in a painless way to alleviate chronic pain and other health conditions. It incorporates a degree of warmth with the flame, which adds additional benefits such as opening the chest and lungs, halting migraines, and alleviating cramps.

Vacuum Cupping Therapy Services

Available at both Thrive Virginia Beach locations at Market Square & Kemps River.
Book your vacuum cupping sessions online or call (757) 364-0067.
20% discount offered to military, first responders and healthcare workers for all cash-based services. 

Functional Cupping Therapy at Thrive Proactive Health

Signature Recovery Cupping Therapy

60 minutes $89

Functional cupping with movement screening, glass cupping and/or fire cupping.

Cupping Therapy at Thrive Virginia Beach

Quick Fix Recovery Cupping Therapy

30 minutes $59

Select one area to be cupped, one or two areas to be massaged using our HyperVolt massage gun, and a 10-minute session in our compression boots or sleeve.

Glass Cupping Therapy at Thrive Virginia Beach

Quick Fix Cupping Therapy

30 minutes $49

Select one area to be cupped. Walk-in appointments generally available.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I schedule a cupping session?

At Thrive, cupping is incorporated into our Restorative + Performance Physical Therapy and Signature Massage treatments, as well as being able to book as a stand-alone treatment. When scheduling, be sure to speak with our front desk to ensure that you are choosing a service that features this technique.

Do you offer different kinds of cupping treatments?

We perform several kinds of cupping, use various size cups, and sometimes incorporate a vacuum machine to assist with larger muscle groups. We also integrate functional positions when cupping to shut off hyperactive muscles that are preventing mobility in other areas. Fire cupping adds additional benefits such as opening the chest and lungs, halting migraines, and alleviating cramps.

Will cupping give me bruises?

There is a common misconception that cupping breaks capillaries and causes bruising. Cupping does not create bruises–bruises are caused by impact trauma and breakage of capillaries; thus, the circular marks that are sometimes left by cupping are not bruises.

What are the circular marks left by cupping?

The marks that may occur with cupping are caused as the vacuum pressure draws up old non-circulating stagnant blood, cellular debris, and other pathogenic factors found within an injured or strained area of your body. By bringing this metabolic waste and inflammation to the surface, it allows for healthy circulation to be restored to affected area. It is also important to note that not all forms of cupping leave marks.

Why are some of my cupping marks darker than others?

The darker the mark, the more stagnation and toxins that were released and brought to the surface. If the tissue is healthy, the less coloring the marks will leave on the skin after treatment.

Thrive Proactive Health Virginia Beach


2830 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Monday • 9am to 7pm
Tuesday • 9am to 7pm
Wednesday • 9am to 7pm
Thursday • 9am to 7pm
Friday • 9am to 4:30pm
Saturday • 9am to 2pm alternating
Sunday • CLOSED

(757) 364-0067
Fax: 757-416-7777


1320 Kempsville Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23464

Monday • 10:30am to 7pm
Tuesday •  9am to 7pm
Wednesday • 11am to 4pm
Thursday • 10:30am to 7pm
Friday • 9am to 2pm
Saturday • CLOSED
Sunday • CLOSED

(757) 364-0067
Fax: 757-416-7777

Questions? We're happy to help!