Mildura Weekly : Friday August 19 Vol 10 No 41
20 NEWS MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, AUGUST 19, 2016 AS well as his gold medal haul, Olympic swim star Michael Phelps has been making a splash in the media for sporting purple spots on his body while competing in Rio. The athlete is a fan of the an- cient Chinese practice of ‘cupping’, an alternative medicine technique designed to assist in muscle recov- ery. The practice, which has been around for thousands of years, in- volves a therapist placing special cups on the skin for a few minutes to create suction. In cupping therapy, the therapist soaks a cot- ton ball in alcohol and sets it on fire inside a glass cup. The flame is removed and the cup is placed on a patient’s skin, creating a vacuum that draws up the skin tissue. When the skin seals the hot air in the vessel, the air inside begins to cool, causing the skin to con- tract. A multi-functional technique, cupping has been used to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and also serves as a type of deep- tissue massage. It is also believed that cupping can help remove toxins from the body and stimulate the flow of fresh blood, lymph and Qi (chee) to the body. Cupping causes the skin to temporarily turn red, blue or pur- ple, especially if there is an injury or energetic blockage under the area. The skin discolouration can last anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks, but is rarely pain- ful. There are a number of methods of cupping, but the most common are ‘fixed’ and ‘moving’ cupping. • Fixed cupping: The cups are placed on a selected area of the body and left in place without be- ing moved. • Moving cupping: The practi- tioner applies massage oil, places the cups over the areas to be treat- ed and then slides them around the body. Cupping has not only resur- faced as a trendy practice in the sporting world, but many celebri- ties including Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston and Victoria Beckham are known to be fans of cupping and have been sighted wearing the signature ‘spots’. Cupping a wellness trend among a growing number of athletes • SUCKED IN: Cupping has been a trending alternative medicine technique since celebrities and high profile athletes have been sporting the ‘spots’ that are the ‘trademark’ of the procedure. email@example.com Health & well-being By Alexandra Treloar & well-being Alexandra Treloar FRIDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER 4:30PM 7:30PM 348 ONTARIO AVENUE, MILDURA UNTIL RANFURLY PRIMARY SCHOOL RANFURLY PRIMARY FOOD TRUCK FOOD TRUCK ¢8 Fast Food Delicious Foodies Market Foodies Market TWILIGHT AMERICAN VINTAGE CAR CLUB LOCAL BAND ‘UNCHAINED’ PLAYGROUNDS JUMPING CASTLES FACE PAINTING PAELLA BY ENJOY CATERING GOURMET JAFFLES BY JAFFLED SUNRAYSIA BAKED POTATOES MALLEE BURGER CHINTA RIA LOW CARBON FOODS BOOTH OPEN FOR BEER, WINE + CIDER If ya love ya food then get INTAGE CAR CLUB family fun entertainment FATHER’S DAY STALLS ove ya food thheenn ggeettt along to the Foodies Market PLUS MORE STALLS INCLUDING MERBEIN FOOTBALL CLUB, ROTARY BBQ, AFGHANI FOOD, MALLEE BURGER, CUPPA 4 YOU, ICE CREAMERY, FRUITTI JUICE, PARENTS’ CLUB CAKES, DAPARA PANCAKES, SARAH’S PETITE TREATS PLUS TAE KWON DO DEMONSTRATION, HENNA ART, RUSTIC FURNITURE, BOWS AND FRILLS, PURE OLIVE OIL AND MORE!
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