One of the common issues most women are concerned about is having cellulite. Cellulite is a fat deposit beneath the skin. It occurs when fat under the skin becomes trapped and solidifies, creating the telltale lumpy and dimpled texture on the belly, hips, buttocks, thighs, and upper arms. Even if you are not overweight, you can still be at risk of developing cellulite lumps.
Cellulite build-up is a concern of all adult women and there are hundreds of treatments that claim to reduce cellulite. One method that has been successfully tried and tested in clinical trials is cupping therapy, an ancient technique involving using the suction of cups at strategic points on the body.
Medicine.net also gives its share of details about cellulite. In one of its articles, Medicine.net mentioned:
“Cellulite occurs due to shrinkage or shortening of the fibrous tissue cords that anchor the skin. While cellulite is more common in women than men, men also can develop cellulite. Cellulite occurs in people of all races living all around the globe. Although female hormones may play a role in contributing to this pattern of fat distribution, cellulite is not treatable by hormone therapy.”
The same article also mentioned cellulite is known to be more commonly observed in women than men. An inactive lifestyle and pregnancy are said to increase the risk of having cellulite.
Let’s Talk Further about Cellulite
There are three grades of cellulite depending on their severity levels, according to Medical News Today:
Grade 1, or mild: There is an “orange-peel” appearance, with between 1 and 4 superficial depressions, and a slightly “draped” or sagging appearance to the skin.
Grade 2, or moderate: There are between five and nine medium-depth depressions, a “cottage cheese” appearance, and the skin appears moderately draped.
Grade 3, or severe: There is a “mattress” appearance, with 10 or more deep depressions, and the skin is severely draped.
What Causes Cellulite?
According to Mayo Clinic, little is known about the causes of cellulite. It also stated:
“Cellulite is much more common in women than in men. In fact, most women develop some cellulite after puberty. This is because women's fat is typically distributed in the thighs, hips and buttocks — common areas for cellulite. Cellulite is also more common with aging, when the skin loses elasticity. Weight gain can make cellulite more noticeable, but some lean people have cellulite, as well. It tends to run in families, so genetics might play the biggest role in whether you develop cellulite. An inactive lifestyle also can increase your chances of having cellulite, as can pregnancy.”
Various factors are linked to the development of cellulite in the body. These include:
#1 Age and hormonal factors
Hormones in the body, such as insulin, estrogen, and thyroid hormones can play a big part in the development of cellulite. Medical News Today stated the following:
“One theory is that as estrogen in women decreases in the approach to menopause, blood flow to the connective tissue under the skin also decreases. Lower circulation means less oxygen in the area, resulting in lower collagen production. Fat cells also enlarge as estrogen levels fall. These factors combine to makes the fat deposits more visible. As the fat under the skin protrudes through weakening connective tissue, the familiar dimpling effect results.”
In addition, age also caused the skin to be thinner, less elastic, and more prone to sag.
#2 Dietary and lifestyle
Cellulite is not a product of toxins in the body, but it has found out that a healthy way of living can help reduce the risk of developing cellulite. Individuals who consume too much fat, salt, carbohydrates, and lesser fiber are of higher risk to develop greater amounts of cellulite. It is also more common for those who do not exercise, smoke, and those whose work is more on a sedentary lifestyle. To add, wearing tight underwear may cause the development of cellulite in the buttock areas since the blood flow becomes limited or trapped. Cellulite is likely to occur after the age of 25 years, however, it can still affect younger individuals, too.
#3 Genetic factors
There are specific genes that are needed for cellulite development. Genetic factors can be related to a person’s rate of metabolism, fat distribution, circulatory levels, and ethnicity. All these can affect the risk of developing cellulite in the body.
Healthline.com shares in one of its articles the following causes of cellulite:
- Unhealthy lifestyle
- accumulated toxins in the body
- poor diet
- weight gain
- Sedentary lifestyle
The same article also mentioned:
“The distribution of fat in women is more visible than in men. The collagen fibers between the skin and muscle separate the underlying fat into multiple pockets. Cellulite can become more visible as you age and your skin becomes thinner and loses elasticity. This exposes the rippled connective tissues underneath.”
There are also some medical procedures that can help reduce cellulite, such as:
- Laser and radiofrequency treatments
- Acoustic wave therapy
- Vacuum-assisted precise tissue release.
Of course, massage therapy is also included. Anti-cellulite cupping massage is one of the procedures that are now becoming popular among women and medical professionals.
Effects of Cellulite
Cellulite can bring effects to a person beyond physical attributes. Having this on the body can make a person lowers self-esteem and confidence. There are times that people with cellulite experience body-shaming and unfair treatment. It can affect one’s emotional, mental, and psychological attributes
How Cupping Therapy Can Help to Flush Cellulite
Cupping massage is able to effectively penetrate several layers of skin to reach the fascia, it can help loosen and break down globules of fat, effectively flushing them from your body.
The suction created by the vacuum in the cup lifts the skin, separating it from the underlying tissues, penetrating deep through the layers of the skin, helping to release hardened fat and then facilitating the drainage of lymph and toxins. Once the fat is broken into segments, it can liquify for easy drainage. Cupping also stimulates deep below the skin, pulling fresh blood flow to the area to better oxygenation and nutrition of the surrounding tissues and more efficient removal of toxins and fat, which helps lymph nodes to drain, breaking up areas of fat congestion. As a result, cupping improves the overall appearance of targeted areas.
Cupping therapy is a painless, non-invasive treatment for effectively reducing the appearance of cellulite. By improving local microcirculation, encouraging lymphatic drainage, and stimulating the fascial tissues beneath the skin, cupping has been proven to effectively decrease cellulite.
In a post published by Prima.co.uk, using cupping therapy is being discussed:
“A small study in 2014 found that dry cupping therapy is an effective treatment for cellulite as it stimulates lymph drainage and micro circulation. Researchers applied dry moving cupping therapy to 40 healthy women twice a week for five weeks. The results indicated that applying the therapy 10 times on each leg for this duration was ‘efficient and safe for decreasing’ cellulite. This did not change with smoking, drinking alcohol and exercising before and after the study.”
The article also suggested that the most effective measure to prevent and remove cellulite is exercise and diet.
WomensHealthMag.com discussed on one of its posts on how does cupping aids in lightening cellulite. As mentioned,
“Vacuum cups for cellulite work by stimulating circulation and encouraging the detoxification process – a technique similar to body brushing, but on a deeper level. As the cups glide over the body they draw the skin into a vacuum, activating circulation and breaking down fat deposits that can cause skin dimples.”
The same published post also shared the steps on how to use cupping for cellulite.
A pilot study was also conducted to prove how dry cupping therapy decreases cellulite in women. You can check the study here.
Various researches have been conducted to reveal how cupping therapy can provide relief and help remove cellulite in the body. One of these studies is from Sciencedirect.com. A part of its content includes the following:
“Cupping therapy is suitable for the treatment of pains, Bi syndromes, inflammatory conditions, diseases of the digestive, circulatory and respiratory systems, some skin conditions such as boils and eczema, wind-stroke (facial paralysis), weakness of the muscles, sports injuries, high blood pressure, the common cold, emotional conditions and cosmetic purposes such as treating cellulite and during weight-loss programmes.”
The research also advised that cupping therapy should not be applied over the eyes, open wounds, recent trauma, and sunburns.
How to Apply the Cupping Massage Method
- Applies lotion, oil, cream or shower gel if in the shower on the affected areas. Oils or creams that fight cellulite for greater absorption and a smoother massage.
- Places a single cup on the skin before moving it up and down over problem areas. Swap smaller cups to larger in different areas for the best suction.
How Rave & Rejuvenate Cups Can Help
We work with our professional manufacturer partner, including engineers and a technologist team to redesign and engineer a new and improved version of the silicon cup, in order for maximizing the suction ability of the cup, thereby optimizing the effects of cupping for defeating cellulite goal.
The round-shaped cups have a thick rounded edge for an easy glide, anti-slip stripes for better control with various sizes for working at varying levels of depths.
Rave & Rejuvenate Cups can be used in treatment rooms, at-home care, and in showers.
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