Massage with Chinese Medicine Cups (or Cupping) is a preventative and restorative treatment. Cupping assists relaxation and relieves tension, soothes sore and aching muscles, improves circulation and assists in restoring balance and normal muscle functioning.
A special Indonesian oil blend containing coconut oil, pine, black pepper, galangal, turmeric and lemongrass may be used during your treatment or an aromatherapy blend of essential oils to aid muscle recovery. These oils will be massaged into the skin and then the cups placed in these areas, or moved across the skin to enhance muscle release and stretching. Due to the increase blood flow in the area of the cups some red colouration of the skin usually occurs which may take a few minutes to a week or more to clear. This is natural and part of the healing process.
Any chronic muscle or joint pain, including arthritis will benefit. Also acute muscle spasms can be released. Cupping is particularly good at stretching and relaxing tight muscles, which could be limiting the mobility of a joint. Cupping is typically used on the back, buttocks, hamstrings and calf muscles.
During your consultation your health needs are discussed. Your cupping will be customised to your needs. A partial vacuum is created in glass cups and these are placed on the body. The cups are left in place or moved over the skin. This has a number of effects that help in localised healing. It draws stagnation and toxins closer to the surface, increasing blood supply to the area so the small blood vessels can carry away debris and bring in nutrients. The vacuum also helps to separate muscle fibres that may be twisted or bound, making it possible for muscles, tendons and ligaments to glide smoothly, easing movement and decreasing pain.


Cupping Massage 30 minutes:
£22 (East Dulwich)
£25 (Crystal Palace and Chatfield Medical Centre)

Cupping can be combined with auricular acupuncture for even deeper relaxation - 45 minutes:
£35 (East Dulwich)
£40 (Crystal Palace and Chatfield Medical Centre)