Can You Exercise After Cupping? Cupping Aftercare Do’s and Don’ts

By Jessica Fuller / February 22, 2018
Can You Exercise After Cupping

A lot of people use cupping to help with their athletic performance or recover from sporting injuries. So, naturally a question that often comes up is, ‘Can you exercise after cupping?

The short answer is – No. It’s not a good idea and will slow down your recovery from the cupping treatment.

Why Can’t You Exercise After Cupping?

There are a few reasons why it’s not a good idea to exercise after a cupping session. Or after any form of massage therapy for that matter.

The best thing you can do is give your body plenty of rest to recover. You’re likely to feel tired after treatment, especially if it’s your first session.

This is because cupping increases blood flow to the area being treated. Which brings more oxygen and nutrients to the tissues, giving your body some extra work and zapping some of your energy.

Another reason not to exercise is to protect the skin that has been treated from external pathogens.

The pores will be open for several hours after being cupped and the skin will feel tender as it’s been in a hot vacuum.

So the rubbing of gym clothes, sweat, the blood pumping through your muscles is only going to prolong the healing.

It’s also not advisable to shower or take a bath after cupping. If you’ve been exercising you’re going to be sweaty and feel even more uncomfortable.

Do’s and Don’ts After Cupping Therapy

Here are some of the things you should and shouldn’t do after a cupping (ventosa) session:

Do’s

Don’ts

  • Partake in exercise of strenuous activities within the hours afterward
  • Drink alcohol
  • Bathe or shower the area that’s been worked on
About the author

Jessica Fuller

I started studying and experimenting with alternative medicine, different massage techniques, and alternative therapies after graduating. I also love travelling and writing, so I found a way to combine all my loves - blogging!

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