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This is one of the techniques utilised within Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and can be combined with Acupuncture and Tui Na massage. A vacuum is created inside a glass, plastic or bamboo cup before being placed on the skin, so that the cup sticks to the skin. This increases blood circulation to the area, and is excellent for pain, stiffness and congestion.

There has been a huge surge of interest in Cupping Therapy since Michael Phelps won his 19th Olympic gold medal at the Rio Olympics, and attracted just as much attention for the purple marks all over his body. They come from cupping therapy, a suction-based massage popular with the US Olympic team.


Does cupping hurt and what are the circles?

Cupping feels like suction, and the pressure is adjusted to the person so that it is not uncomfortable.  The distinctive circles sometimes left after cupping are where the cups have pulled ‘stagnant blood’ to the surface. This can vary in colour from pink to deep purple and can last from a few minutes to several days. The darker and longer lasting the circles, the more ‘stagnation was present, and the more the person most likely needed the cupping therapy!


Stefan Chmelik has been using Cupping Therapy to help people with different conditions for almost 30 years, and has previously taught practitioners the skill within the UK.


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Experiencing Provocative Therapy

Provocative Therapy has had a significant and ongoing impact on me. The session itself forced to the surface a few truths about myself and my life which I had previously been reluctant to admit to myself. That I found helpful and enlightening. However the real shock came when I watched myself on film afterwards. I was rather dreading having to view myself, especially in such an open and vulnerable position. But nothing prepared me for the shock I had when I firstswitched on the tape. For the first time, I think ever, I was able to view myself objectively. It was not like looking in the mirror or seeing myself on film; never before had I seen myself interact naturally like that. I was surprised how pertinent the contradiction was between the idea I had of myself and how I really appeared. This initial jolt certainly had the most impact but now I’m grateful to have the film so that I can revisit it whenever I need to. Each time it’s almost like going through another session. It forces me toreally look at myself and listen to what I’m saying and to understand that there is a difference between my own, often warped perspective, and the truth in front of me. Louisa Gamon - London