Cupping to eliminate cellulite
We all have specific areas on our bodies that store fat. If you are like me, then you may notice that you develop cellulite on these areas. Until recently, I thought there was no cure. However, I think I may have found a way to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
What is cellulite?
Cellulite is a genetic and environmental phenomenon that causes fluid retention, a weak lymphatic drainage system, and poor blood circulation. These factors make the skin appear lumpy or dimpled, resembling cottage cheese. When your body’s stored fat pushes through the connective tissue underneath the skin, the end result is cellulite. This is a natural occurrence that is inevitable, especially for women, particularly on the buttocks, thighs, and midsection. I have always been self-conscious about developing cellulite, so when I started noticing it on my upper hamstrings in my teenage years, I developed a slight insecurity. While I do promote self-love and accepting your body in all it’s stages, I also want people to be happy with what they see in the mirror.
The (possible) solution: cupping
Lately, on my Facebook I have been seeing an ad for a silicon cup that supposedly reduces cellulite. I was skeptical, but after 2 weeks of seeing this ad, I thought it might be worth a try. I bought one on eBay for about $4 and justified my investment. Let me take a brief moment to explain what “cupping” is before I try to describe how it works.
It is recommended to cup using a body oil or using soap and water in the shower to reduce the friction between the cup and your skin. I use jojoba oil and Bio-oil to moisturize and combat stretch marks while I cup. Take the cup, squeeze it, place it on your skin, and then release. A small segment of your skin will be pinched up into the cup because of the vacuum seal you created. Slide the cup along your skin, making sure to target trouble areas. It’s that simple.
How it works
The suction generated by the cup increases circulating and delivers more oxygen to the tissue. More oxygen = more collagen production. This means the skin will become more elastic and the connective tissue beneath the skin is strengthened, which in turn reduces the visibility of cellulite. On a deeper level, cupping is a great way to drain your lymph nodes. The reverse pressure generated by the cup breaks up the stored fat, and gliding the cup along the skin moves the fat and toxins toward the lymph nodes to be drained from your body. This process results in firm, smooth skin.
If I haven’t convinced you by now that cupping can be the saving grace of cellulite, than maybe the additional benefits will change your mind. So we’ve already discussed how the “pinch and roll” technique reduces cellulite, but it also benefits your muscles! Increased blood flow caused by the negative pressure technique can help alleviate sore muscles. Many athletes use cupping massages on their backs and legs to relieve tension.
There you have it! I hope this article was insightful. Comment your experience with cupping if you decided to give it a try. Thanks for reading! 🙂