Cupping therapy is increasingly being used in weight reduction and the removal of cellulite. Many celebrities are now talking about the fascinating effects of the treatment that is a form of deep-tissue, non-invasive healing therapy. In today’s times, cupping therapy is performed by using glass or medical-grade silicone cups that the user pushes on for suction much like an everyday suction cup. The user simply glides these cups across the target area.
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In traditional glass cups heat is introduced in the cups by inserting a burning object such as cotton wool, herbs or alcohol. After the cups are heated long enough, the objects are removed and the cup is immediately inverted on specific points on the patient’s body creating the suction by heat opposed to force.
Causes of Cellulite
Cellulite is mainly caused because of a genetic condition which causes fluid retention, an inefficient lymphatic drainage system and weak veins that result in ineffective blood circulation. Hormonal imbalances can also cause the development of more fat cells. These factors result in the fat cells lying under the skin converting into cellulite. This cellulite pushes up the cords connecting the skin to the underlying muscle and creates the ungainly appearance of the dimpled, orange peel look on the skin that is a sign of cellulite.
How Cupping Therapy Works
When suction is applied on the skin, the reverse pressure causes the cellulite to break up. Blood circulation is stimulated, and the fat and toxins that are released are moved to the lymph drainage network. Since cupping therapy also promotes a more efficient drainage of the lymph nodes, these toxins are quickly eliminated from the body. Cupping is also known to ease the cords connecting the skin and muscle. In this way, fluid build-up is reduced and the skin develops a more cellulite-free healthy appearance.
Cupping for Spot Reduction
While conventional weight loss methods do not work on specifically targeted areas of the body, cupping is known to help in spot reduction as well. Patients can request treatment to remove sagging buttocks, saddlebags, flabby inner thighs and any other love handles. Cups are simply applied on the areas of the patient’s body that need treatment.
Forms of Cupping Therapy Used
As described earlier, dry cupping is the most common form of therapy used but other forms such as gliding cupping also known as running cupping or massage cupping can also be used.
The cupping therapist applies oil on the patient’s skin before causing suction. Once the proper suction is created, the healer moves the cup over the affected areas of the body to relax the tissues and induce the release of fat and toxins that are ultimately expelled from the body naturally.
This massage cupping technique has become very popular for cellulite and mainly uses silicone cupping sets that are easier to glide across the skin and use than traditional pump cupping sets. Also applying oil, like this cupping oil, to the target area will drastically improve your ability to glide the cups across the skin.
Additional Advantages of Cupping
Since each cupping session can be customized for maximum effect on every individual patient, the therapy provides many other positives. Patients have reported the detoxification of the body, a firmer, tighter appearance of the skin, and removal of stretch marks, acne and scars. The body is more shapely and better blood circulation results in the appearance of a healthier looking skin.
Cupping therapy sessions are most effective when performed by an expert therapist. To reduce the redness caused by the cupping, healers might also perform massage therapy using essential oils and hydration. Another technique to treat cellulite is gua sha massage that uses a board like tool pulled across the skin.
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