Ana Guerrero launched the York Community Therapy & Wellbeing CIC (community interest company) which aims to encourage private therapists to offering reduced rates to the disadvantaged in York. Find out more at https://yorkcommunitywellbeing.org/
Under the YCTW scheme, Ana is offering therapy at reduced rates for people who live under government benefits scheme due to being unable to work because of a health condition. Please make sure your health condition isn’t a contraindication of massage prior to booking. You can ask your GP.

What is being offered?

30-minute Cupping Massage

What can Cupping help with?

The Negative Pressure or Suction loosens and lifts rigid, connective tissue, break up and drain stagnation whilst increasing blood and lymph flow in ways not possible using positive pressure techniques such as manual massage. The cups allow for stretching and opening of the tissues which creates space for fluid and energy to move and helps draining toxins and cellular waste material, bringing them up to the superficial tissues, so it is easier to flush them out of the body.

General benefits:
  • Stiff muscles such as a frozen shoulder
  • Stagnation of blood, energy and fluids
  • Breaks up tissue adherences
  • Stretches muscles and connective tissue
  • Creates an accumulation of blood where tissue nourishment is needed
  • Relieves pain
  • Improves circulation

Conditions it can treat: 
  • Intestinal disorders, i.e. constipation
  • High blood pressure
  • Post-surgery adhesions
  • Musculo-skeletal issues
  • Liver disease
  • Palpitations
  • Irregular periods
  • Sciatica
  • Migraines
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Leukorrhea
  • Asthma and chronic bronchitis
  • Anxiety & insomnia
  • Common cold

Do I qualify to having community therapy?

You need to bring proof of your situation. At least one of the following:
1. Official medical diagnosis letter from your doctor
2. Official Job Centre letter showing that you are under the government benefits scheme
3. Or a copy of the last 3-month bank statement showing the government payments

When and where?

Every Monday 9:30 to 16:00 in our studio in Heworth

What is the cost of each treatment?

£12 for the 30-minute

Do I need to book in advance?


Is the room shared?

It may be but a room divider may be used

Contraindications of Cupping Therapy 

If you have any of the following, talk to your GP prior to booking your appointment. If you book in with us, we assume that you have made sure you are fit for this kind of treatment. This is your responsibility.
  • areas where there is inflammation should not receive either massage nor cupping
  • cases of high fever
  • convulsions or cramps
  • easy bleeding, weakness of blood vessels (i.e. pathological level of low platelets)
  • abdominal area or lower back during pregnancy
  • areas with skin rashes, burns, open wounds or supuring spots (i.ei. acne), ulcerated sores
  • allergic skin conditions
  • acute stages of psoriasis, eczema or rosacea 
  • heart disease, the treatment may interfere with the medication
  • slipper disc or hernia, the negative pressure of the suction could worsen the condition
  • cancer patients, even after 5 year remission. Must ask your GP
  • blood disorders, i.e. low iron or red blood cell levels
  • areas with varicose veins
  • phlebitis is an inflammation of the blood vessels
  • renal failure
  • dehydration
  • cirrhosis of the liver or history thereof
  • uncontrolled high blood pressure
  • diabetes, bruise easily
  • energy depletion, extreme tiredness
  • clients on blood thinning medication


What happens afterwards?

You may feel sore afterwards just like after a manual massage or a workout in the gym. However, thanks to the negative pressure, the technique is not as painful as a deep tissue massage but it may feel uncomfortable at times. You make sure you talk to Ana so she can adapt the pressure.
It is recommended that you do not drive or manage machinery afterwards. And also you will need to drink plenty of water (6-8 glasses) too.

Have you got any questions? Contact Ana