What to Do After Massage Cupping

The most common misunderstanding regarding after effects of cupping, is the marks that sometimes result. When injuries occur deep in the muscle, bleeding often occurs causing what looks like deep bruises.

The vacuum formed by Cupping draws up the old non-circulating stagnant blood and sticky fluids from the area, bringing them up to the surface and away from the injury so that healthy free circulation can be restored to the affected area, thus making space for oxygen, living cells and nutrients for faster recovery. Where there is dead, static blood, lymph, cellular debris, pathogenic factors, and toxins present in the body, Cupping can leave marks which indicates that the stagnation or disease has been moved from the deeper tissue layers to the surface, where it can be flushed out easier.

After your massage cupping treatment, it is not uncommon to experience sore skin and what looks like bruising. This is both an expected and wanted effect of the session. The color and pattern of the marks depend on the level of stagnation in the area. If marks do appear, they can range from a bright red to dark purple, usually lasting 3 days to a week - sometimes longer if the person is very sick or sedentary.

While the marks look painful, they aren't. If there is no stagnation present, there will be only a light pink mark which disappears in a few minutes to a couple of hours. Sites where there is old trauma or injury may require multiple cupping treatments to remove all stagnation. You will find in follow up treatments that the marks will be visibly lighter as the pathogens are systemically removed from the body.

Remember to drink plenty of water following your treatment to help flush the toxins lifted from the muscles.

Avoid the following for 24 hours after your session:

  • Excessive or heavy exercise
  • Hot Tub
  • Sauna
  • Steam Room
  • Hot Bath/Shower
  • Sunbathing
  • Heavy Meals