CUP­PING

FFT feels the heat from an an­cient ther­apy in the hope of eas­ing our aches and pains

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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.

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