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Last week, I got attacked by a giant octopus. You want proof? Here’s proof:
Okay, you got me. There was no octopus - although several people have asked about potential run-ins with sea creatures upon spotting the big, round hickey-like marks on my back over the last week.
I signed up for cupping. You've probably heard of it - it's an ancient Chinese technique in which multiple cups are suctioned to the skin and held there for about 10 to 15 minutes. Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow and Victoria Beckham are all fans of the treatment.
Cupping is often linked to acupuncture; it's a similar type of treatment in that it works with the meridians (the energy channels) of the body. Like acupuncture, cupping is supposed to open up the meridians so that qi and blood can flow freely and help the organs to function at their best.
Often, cupping is used to help treat conditions such as colds, flus, upper respiratory infections, bone pain, muscle pain and any other problems of the internal organs. Apparently it's great for deep tissue repair and stimulating blood circulation.
That said, it's good to remember that cupping is an alternative therapy, and the actual benefits are debated - they really isn't much scientific, fact-based evidence to prove that it actually works.
But I'll try anything once. And I had just finished up a round of university exams which saw me sitting slouched at a desk for over 15 hours a day; I was also about to get on a long-distance flight and so thought the treatment would be perfect for resetting and rejuvenating me before my little trek overseas commenced.
Treatments generally vary in price depending on where you go, but expect to pay somewhere between $60 - $120. It'll only take 30 minutes of your time.
I took myself to the Liangzi Health Oasis in Sydney, which is located in the heart of Haymarket, right next to Central Station. Liangzi aims to reflect the natural purity and beauty of ancient Chinese culture, and you truly get an authentic experience. Their cupping treatment will set you back $60 and take about 30 minutes. You can also add on a massage to accompany the treatment for $100.