You will have seen pictures of athletes at the Olympics in Rio with marks on their bodies from an ancient Chinese heat therapy known as cupping.

Cupping stimulates the flow of blood, lymph or fluids, and Qi (“vital energy”) into the affected area. This is done by heating a cup and placing it on the area of the body affected by pain, stress, stiffness or injury. The lip of the cup creates a seal. As the air inside the cup cools, a firm suction /vacuum is created. Skin and muscle tissue are drawn up into the cup.

I use it in my clinic too to relieve muscle aches and pains, plus it’s great for relieving stress when the stress is – very commonly – held in the neck and shoulder area. Watch me explain it and see me in action (filmed for TV3)

Contact me if you’d like to try it! 087-7788591 or read more about it in this media article.

Cupping Olympic swimmer wang1