Richmond Cupping Therapy

Providing a therapeutic and relaxing experience to help people move forward in their healing process, balancing the mind, body and spirit.

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Cupping treatments help to increase blood circulation in the area where the cups are placed. This can relieve muscle tension, promote cell repair and draw out harmful toxins.

Cupping is used to provide pain relief, lower inflammation, expedite muscle recovery and perform deep tissue massage.

Cupping is performed by placing cups on the patient's body.  Air is removed from the cups to create suction, which pulls at the patient's skin.  The cup is often moved around the body to provide a massage.  Cupping typically leaves bruise marks from the suction which is completely normal and disappears on its own in a few hours up to a week.

eight cups on patient's back during cupping treatment

Cupping FAQ

What is Cupping?

Cupping is a modality of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) that involves the use of negative pressure or suction to affect Qi and blood.

How long will the marks stay on my back?

If any discolorations surface, these are temporary, typically lasting anywhere between a few hours to about a week before fading away entirely.

Benefits of Cupping
Are there any risks to cupping?

Cupping is generally safe for everyone. There are a few exceptions such as for patients with weakened and systemic conditions, severe edema, bleeding issues, etc. We avoid certain areas including the eyes, abdomen and the neck and arteries as well as open wounds, and fractures. Special considerations are taken for pregnant women, women who are breastfeeding, children and the elderly.

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About Us

At Healing River Acupuncture Centre, we use acupuncture therapy to restore and rejuvenate the health of our clients by activating their body's own ability to heal itself. To compliment the acupuncture treatments, we often provide Traditional Chinese Medicine therapy to supply the body with the nutrition and resources it needs to heal. The combination of acupuncture and traditional Chinese herbal therapy has been known to successfully treat a wide range of chronic and acute conditions that Western medicine has had difficulty treating effectively.

Healing River Acupuncture Centre was established in Steveston Village in 2009 by Bobbi Hayashi and has been operating from the same location where it is today ever since. The clinic was transferred in 2018 to Chrystal Malapas, who continues to operate and manage the Richmond acupuncture clinic. All acupuncturists on staff are very experienced, well-trained and certified.

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chrystal malapas registered acupuncturist

Chrystal Malapas

Reg. Acupuncturist, B.Sc., R.Ac.

She is a graduate of the Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) program at PCU College of Holistic Medicine in Burnaby, BC. Chrystal also did training in Acupuncture at the Western Canadian Institute of TCM Practitioners in Richmond, BC.

Chrystal also has additional training in Japanese Meridian Therapy with Ikeda Masakazu sensei and Edward Obaidey sensei.

Chrystal obtained her Bachelor's degree in Biology under the Pre-Med Program from Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. A last minute decision to take an elective TCM class in her final year of university transformed her outlook. After finding success in the treatment of a lifelong condition by TCM, Chrystal decided to dedicate her life to TCM.

Inspired by experience, Chrystal is passionate about helping others regain their health.

Workdays: Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

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(604) 277-5550
Address & Location

3571 Chatham St #105, Richmond BC

We are located in Steveston Village at Chatham St and Third Ave.

Free parking is available in our parking lot or on the street.

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Clinic Hours
Monday10am – 6pm
TuesdayClosed
Wednesday10am – 6pm
ThursdayClosed
Friday10am – 6pm
Saturday10am – 6pm
SundayClosed

Cupping Therapy Testimonials

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Chrystal is an attentive acupuncturist. She listens well to your concerns and is able to deliver top notch service. She is gentle and is very considerate of your comfort level especially if it's your first time getting acupuncture. In my case, I had pain on my wrist due to carrying my heavy baby and after my first visit with Chrystal, I already felt better and her treatment was able to alleviate most of the pain. Her space is also very clean and very relaxing.
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Chrystal is phenomenal. Her calm and comforting demeanor along with her great knowledge of chinese medicine and acupuncture has got me hooked. Because of her I cannot live without regular acupuncture appointments.
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Chrystal is an amazing acupuncturist! She is very knowledgeable and has a calm bedside manner. She helped me with various injuries and helped improve my immune system. She also was able to help me when my baby was breech and overdue. Her clinic is clean, well maintained and peaceful. I highly recommend her!
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Chrystal is a registered acupuncturist who is very knowledgeable in both traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture. She was friendly and helpful in answering my questions. She alternates between this acupuncture clinic in Richmond and another in Vancouver, so if you are located in Vancouver or you have a hard time scheduling an appointment, you may want to check her schedule when she is in Vancouver (Kitsilano area). The Richmond acupuncture clinic in Steveston Village is well maintained, neat and clean. There is free parking on the street and a few spots in the parking lot. Her acupuncture rates are very reasonable and well worth it.

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