Cupping is an alternative modality to deep tissue work since it treats the muscles in a similar way and can be more effective for people who do not respond well to deep tissue therapy. Cupping pulls the muscles and other soft tissues away from the body, where deep tissue work could press tissues against bony prominences.
Cupping is also a great way to increase circulation to the muscles focused on during the sessions.
It may leave circular marks on the body (called petechiae, similar looking to bruising but not a bruise). However, if you would not like to be left with marks, your practitioner can adjust the treatment so these aren’t prevalent. The outcome of the treatment may differ. Practitioners may use glass, silicone, or vacuum cups for treatment.
Cupping therapy varies in how it is provided; ask your practitioner about any concerns you may have before treatment.
Drinking water after a massage treatment is always recommended, and especially after a cupping or gua sha.
A glass of room-temp water or two should be sufficient to help relieve any extra muscle tension and help to keep your body moving and working internally to clear out old energy. Light exercise, like walking, can help to continue circulation and keep muscles moving after a treatment. It is encouraged to take it easy after treatment; we encourage light stretching or yoga.
If the petechiae (purple/red marks) are dark using a heating pad or warm compress can help promote more circulation to the area and circulating out stagnant or old nutrients. The petechiae will usually go away in 10-14 days or less. There is a small risk for infection since cupping can also open pores in the skin. Dizziness isn’t common, yet if you are not feeling well after the treatment let your practitioner know so they can help.