What to expect before your cupping session

Prior to your cupping session there are a few things you should do in order to have a positive experience.  Below is a list of suggestions for you to ensure a successful session. 

  1. Eat something easily digestible at least two hours prior to your session.  Cupping can cause a light-headed feeling on an empty stomach

  2. Stay well hydrated 24-hours prior to your session (although staying hydrated everyday is key!)

  3. Be aware that cupping marks can last for up to two weeks.  Ensure your social schedule accommodates this.

  4. Acceptable clothing for women is a sports bra or a razor back workout top. For men, a loose fitting t-shirt to roll up or, if comfortable, to remove. 

What to expect during  your cupping session

If cupping is new to you, there are a few things to know.  Below is a list of things to expect during your session.

  1. To warm the muscles up prior to cupping, a body buffer will be used.  This method increases muscle temperature and releases superficial muscle adhesions (muscle knots).  It feels pretty amazing too!

  2. There will be a cupping emollient (lubricant) applied to treatment area that will allow the cups to glide across the skin.  Tiger Balm is available upon request.

  3. In areas that have overactivity (muscle tightness) the cupping will feel more intense.

  4. We will use a "scale of comfort" so that your session never becomes beyond what you can handle.

What to expect following your cupping session

Post care for your session is vital to make certain you receive the maximum benefits cupping has to offer.  Below is a list of suggestions for you to ensure a successful session.

  1. Rest.  Try to avoid engaging in any heavy physical activity following your treatment.  Light stretching and walking is ok.

  2. Drink lots of fluids.  Staying hydrated after a session is important in that it flushes all toxins that come to the surface of the skin during treatment.

  3. Avoid heavy, fatty and processed foods following your session.

  4. Lastly, follow up in one week with your practitioner.