A soft and smooth skin is any woman’s dream. The cottage cheese skin on various parts of the body could downgrade one’s confidence in herself. Is there something we could do about it then? Of course! Various ways to reduce and eliminate cellulite are fashioned in order to achieve that smooth and soft skin!
One of the most popular ways is the Silicone Cupping Massage Therapy. This silicone cupping therapy is widely practiced to reduce the occurrence and visibility of cellulite. Olympic athlete Michael Phelps and celebrities Gywneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston have put this technique on the map.
Although this technique drew popularity in the modern times, it actually dates back as a practice as early as 3000 BCE all over Europe and Asia and is part of traditional Chinese medicine techniques.
Traditional Chinese Medicine performs cupping to remove inaction and fuel the flow of qi. It is the undisrupted flow of vital energy that circulates the whole body. When the qi is disrupted, it results in the said stagnation and imbalances in our bodies.
How Does Silicone Cupping Therapy Work?
Silicone cupping uses suction to bring blood and energy to the affected area. Its purpose is to break up stagnation and help blood flow freely. Thus, this increases circulation and lymphatic drainage. It also sorts out issues deep in the fascia and muscle layers. It also stimulates tissue relaxation and improved cell-to-cell communication.
The suction part in the silicone cupping brings the red blood cells to the cupped area. The red blood cells stay in that cupped area to facilitate the healing process. What a silicone cupping practitioner does is artificially moving those red blood cells to an area with cellulite using the suction method. In areas where the spots are darker shows those areas need more healing.
Lymph drainage is also achieved by cupping cellulite. This stimulates blood circulation and releases fats and toxins. The lymphatic system is responsible for eliminating the body’s toxins and waste. It uses the muscles to perform these tasks. In various cases, these toxins build up to create lymph nodes, which eventually leads to a disease named lymphedema. To avoid this from happening, lymphatic drainage massage could be performed. Cupping has many similarities to this type of technique.
Stationary and Massage Cupping Methods
Stationary cupping is done by putting a flammable substance like herbs, alcohol and paper in a cup setting it on fire. Before the fire goes out, the cup is put upside down on the targeted skin area covering the flame.
Little by little the air inside the cup cools down and thus creates a vacuum. This results in the skin to redden and rise as the blood vessels expand. The cup is usually left in place from a minimum of three minutes to a maximum of twenty minutes. This depends on the person’s preference and the level of fluid retention in the body. The suction that the cup creates including the warmth it gives aid in melting fat cells and reduces the visibility of cellulite.
The session usually starts off with the short session. After the body adapts, for each succeeding session, the length of time is increased. Changes can be expected after the second, third or the fourth session, which consists of around six to eight treatments done.
Silicone Cupping Massage on the other hand is done by gliding the silicone cups over the muscles to gently lift them and release the dormant toxins in the body. Oil should be used to make the gliding smooth.
Unlike the stationary cupping, this massage technique does not leave the pink round marks. Those who prefer this method as a cellulite treatment should be doing the technique once a week, preferably together with anti-cellulite exercise. Leading a healthy lifestyle is also important for the best results to be achieved.
This therapeutic silicone cupping which involves warming and placing cups creates a vacuum that draws tissue up into the cup. As mentioned earlier, it increases blood flow, plus it also loosens the connective tissues which stimulate the healing process and more interestingly tightens the skin. This is comparable to how a deep tissue massage can help to break up scar tissue and thus reduces any pain felt.
The Pros and Cons of Cupping Therapy
Like any other treatments and techniques, silicone cupping therapy also has its advantages and disadvantages. This is noteworthy to consider in order to gauge if this treatment suits your preferences or if it’s time to look to another treatment that would suit you better.
Cupping cellulite can increase blood circulation and give energy to the body. It detoxifies and helps boost the immune system when it helps move the lymph fluid. It increases circulation and aids in helping the skin to be plump and give it its vital radiance.
Cupping can reduce weight, and it significantly reduces the cellulite appearance and tightens the skin in the affected area. Repeating the treatment frequently would result in the removal of the orange-like texture on the skin, thus making it look more youthful and tightened up.
Other than that, this silicone cupping therapy is one of the cheapest methods one can perform to reduce the cellulite appearance. And unlike pills and diets, silicone cupping can be performed in very specific areas all over the body, whether it be the buttocks, the thighs, the back and other areas where cellulite becomes visible. It’s hard for other methods to target specific areas, but cupping can do just that.
Added to that, silicone cupping therapy is also good as a pain reliever. When the cup stretches out the tissues in the skin, it reduces pain and stiffness. It works quite similar to acupuncture minus the needles. This being said, silicone cupping can be an alternative treatment for acupuncture.
Moreover, silicone cupping therapy is not just beneficial for outward appearances. Research shows that silicone cupping has the ability to treat various health problems from facial paralysis, to acne and even to cervical spondylosis. This is said to be effective for these health problems since a treatment of these include increased blood flow which silicone cupping can do.
For this reason, this treatment is also helpful in treating hemophilia and anemia. Aside from that, those who experience rheumatoid arthritis and pain from fibromyalgia could also benefit from such. Claims are also made that it helps with varicose veins and high blood pressure.
Many suffer from migraine; this too could also be treated with the cupping therapy. Migraines are noted to be difficult to cure. Not all react well to the common medications given to cure it. Cupping on the other hand is an awesome natural remedy for migraine debilitating pain since it is less invasive than the common medications which mostly result is lethargy and fatigue.
Unexpectedly, silicone cupping is also good for stress relief. The therapy is also beneficial to alleviate stress and tension. Those who have a general anxiety disorder or those who have social anxiety disorder can benefit from this treatment too. The improved blood flow soothes frayed nerves, especially when done in regular sessions.
Although not dangerous, stationary cellulite cupping leaves post-treatment marks. It leaves, pink round marks on the areas where the cup has been put. Some marks are darker than others. This bruise is caused by tiny blood vessels that are damaged as a result of skin trauma. The raised area of a bruise is from blood leaking from these injured vessels and from the body’s response to an injury in general. This bruise is also referred to as a contusion.
Also, silicone cupping massage which leaves minimal to no more marks also has its downside. It may cause an uncomfortable feeling afterward. Still, there’s no serious danger, so there’s nothing to be alarmed about.
Cellulite cupping is not to be performed by anybody. This treatment is not safe for pregnant women, for people who experience bleeding disorders, for the elderly with weak compositions and for those who still have open wounds.
It would be advisable to check with a doctor to know if it’s safe for you to try silicone cupping.
Generally, the silicone cupping therapy aids in regularizing and increasing blood flow. Thus, it doesn’t only result in a smooth, tight and radiant skin, but also in other health benefits. It acts as a pain reliever; it treats acne, facial paralysis and cervical spondylosis. Moreover, it helps treat blood related health problems such as hemophilia and anemia. Added to that is the benefit of aiding migraine, stress and anxiety problems.
The general downside of it is the marks and bruises that the cups leave for a few days, and sometimes for more than a week. However, if you compare the advantages and disadvantages, the benefits clearly outweigh the liabilities.
However, this therapy is not for everyone, so a doctor’s advice would be of much help.
Overall, the silicone cupping therapy is beneficial in so many levels. Hence, it is worth to give it a shot and if ever it doesn’t suit you, you could always try other ways.
Silicone cupping is not just for cellulite and skin health, but also for internal and mental health.