Cupping Covent Garden
Did you watch the Olympic Games in Rio? Perhaps you were watching the swimmers compete for glory? If so, you may have noticed some very visible red and round marks on the body of the most decorated Olympian in history, Michael Phelps. No, he hasn’t been the victim of torture. Many athletes at the Rio Olympic games have in fact embraced the traditional Chinese medicine treatment known as ‘cupping’.
So what is cupping exactly? Cupping involves having suction cups applied to the skin. This procedure can leave a round, red mark on the skin which will fade over a few days. Many athletes, particularly swimmers and gymnasts, are turning to Chinese medicine in a bid to boost their performance, ease aches and pains, and aid physical recovery from sporting competition.
Cupping is a form of acupuncture, and it works to stimulate blood flow, drawing the blood to the surface of the skin. You don’t have to be an Olympic athlete to benefit from cupping, and if you’d like to give it a go, then get in contact with me here at The London Acupuncturist.
I offer cupping as a standalone treatment or in addition to an acupuncture treatment in Camberwell and Shoreditch London. If you think this treatment could help you, please get in touch.