Before and After
Prior to your cupping session, it is beneficial to drink lots of room temperature water, get plenty of rest, avoid caffeine, alcohol, sugary foods and drinks, and eat less or no processed foods. This will assist the body in adjusting, flushing, and processing the treatment.
After your cupping session you should avoid exposure to cold, wet, and/or windy weather conditions, hot showers, baths, saunas, hot tubs and aggressive exercise for 24 hours. These recommendations will minimize any side effects (nausea, headaches, and light-headed-ness) that are common during detoxification initiated by cupping therapy.
Please remember that side effects are most intense when beginning to receive cupping treatments, and lessen dramatically as your body becomes accustomed to cumulative treatments.
Cupping will leave marks, or skin discolorations, called petechia. It is important to note that this is the therapeutically desired effect. These marks do not hurt and are not bruises. These marks indicate that toxins or excess fluids in our system have been moved from the deeper tissue layers to the surface. This allows fresh oxygenated blood to nourish and heal the underlying areas. The color and pattern of the marks depends on the overall health of the underlying tissue. If there is no stagnation present, the color will be only a light pink mark which disappears in a few minutes to a couple of hours. In areas with injury or disease, the color will vary from bright red to speckled or even purple. Marks can last anywhere from three days to a week, depending on your water intake and activity level. Sites where there is old trauma or injury may require multiple cupping treatments to remove all stagnation. You will find in follow up treatments the marks will be visibly lighter and lighter as the pathogens are systemically removed from the body.