FFT feels the heat from an ancient therapy in the hope of easing our aches and pains
What is it?
FFT’S body is a temple, so we decided to sample a recovery treatment that’s proving a hit with some of the game’s biggest names. Cupping therapy is an alternative medicine which dates back to 1550 BC when it emerged in Chinese, Egyptian and Middle Eastern cultures.
How does it work?
We were politely asked to remove our shirt and lie face down on a massage table. Fifteen glass cups, with a wick inside each, were then lit and placed on our back until the flame died out for a period of 10 minutes. The heat creates a vacuum, which forces your skin to rise and red marks to form as your blood vessels steadily expand.
Who uses it?
Cupping has been around for centuries, but the therapy is currently enjoying a renaissance thanks to its popularity with various sports stars and celebrities. Brazil frontman Neymar underwent the treatment in April, while heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua and legendary American swimmer Michael Phelps have also been supporters of it.
Why are they using it?
It is meant to accelerate the recovery of an injured area by increasing blood flow to the skin. Other supposed plus points include relief of skin complaints like acne and symptoms of depression – but there is no science to back it up.
How much does it cost?
You don’t have to part with too much of your hard-earned cash to get the A-list treatment. The price can vary depending on which practice you visit and the duration. A 10-minute session cost FFT only £15, though half an hour at a swanky facility could set you back around £50. Is it worth it? We reckon a nice hot bath would do a similar job.