Cupping Therapy Aftercare Advice

Aftercare Advice

Cupping is a traditional treatment that is safe, comfortable, and effective for many health disorders. The gentle suction that cupping creates loosens and lifts connective tissues, which increases blood and lymph flow to your skin and muscles. To get the maximum benefits from cupping, it’s important that you follow a few guidelines.


What to do after cupping or a cupping massage:

  • Drink a lot of water - Water helps flush your lymphatic system of the cellular waste that cupping helps release from your tissues. 
  • Stay warm - Try to cover the area(s) where you received cupping.
  • Rest - You may feel more tired than normal or experience flu-like symptoms after cupping (headache or general body aches). This is a temporary reaction by your immune system to the cellular waste that cupping helps release.


What to avoid after cupping or a cupping massage:

For 4-6 hours post cupping, avoid exposure to:

  • Caffeine, alcohol, sugary foods and drinks, dairy, and processed meats - These foods slow down your body’s ability to process the treatment.
  • Hot showers, saunas, hot tubs and strong air conditioning - After cupping, your skin will be more sensitive to temperature in the areas where the cups were placed. Give your skin time to recover. If possible, shower with filtered water to avoid reintroducing unnecessary chemicals onto your skin.
  • Intense exercise
  • Cold and windy conditions


How to make the cupping marks go away faster:

After cupping, your skin will have circular marks ranging in color from pink to deep red or purple. People may joke that you look like you were in a fight with an octopus. Wear those badges proudly! You’re doing something great for your body.

Discolorations from cupping will fade. Some may fade after a few hours while others take up to two weeks to disappear completely. The discolorations are related to your body’s health at the time of cupping.

If you’d like those marks to go away faster, do two things: hydrate and rest.

Everyone’s body responds differently to cupping. If you have any questions either before or after a cupping appointment, please call us.

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