by Melissa, Lead Cellulite Investigator
Last week ended our 30 day “Cupping for Cellulite” challenge where a few of my fellow cellulite investigators and I used our body cups for a minimum of 10 minutes a day, six days a week.
Here are the highlights.
How to Be Consistent with Cupping
I received my cups a few months ago but I didn’t use them regularly. The last thing I felt like doing in the middle of winter is standing around without my pants on.
In my interview with Keren Trabelsi, the creator of the Bellabaci massage cups, she recommends using the cups in the shower for 10 minutes a day. This little tip helped me stay consistent with cupping throughout the challenge. I didn’t miss a single day (excluding the one day a week I took off). I even looked forward to having a few extra minutes in my warm shower in the morning. I know it’s not good to waste water, but this is for science.
About Cupping Marks on the Skin
When I used the cups on my legs in the shower, the bright lights enabled me to see that my skin would temporarily turn a marbled red and white pattern, revealing what I suspect are areas of blocked lymphatic flow. white marks from cupping signify blood and qi deficiency.
Keren talks about “parking” a cup in one spot to target trouble spots. I used that technique on my legs often and never noticed a lasting mark from the cups afterward.
In addition to the 10 minutes of cupping I was doing on my legs each day, I also spent a minute or two using my facial cups in the evening. One day I parked a cup on a spot on my neck and came away with a dark purple mark under my ear. Thank goodness for long hair!
According to the chart, a mark like that is indicative of moderate stagnation. I parked the cup over that spot because of a lump in my ear triggered by my latest fluoride detox effort. Coincidence? I’m not sure.
Detox Reactions to Cupping
In the cupping thread on our discussion forum, multiple women reported developing small red bumps on their skin after cupping. We weren’t sure if this was a detox reaction or simply a sign of skin irritation. In at least one case, the bumps stopped appearing after a week or two.
Cupping experts claim the bumps are a detox symptom. I didn’t experience this effect from cupping, but it is similar to the reaction I had when I started dry brushing in 2007.
Cupping and Tenderness
When I first tried cupping a few months ago, my calves were extremely tender. The tenderness went away after several sessions, indicating less lymphatic congestion in that area. When I started the challenge, I was now using the cups first thing in the morning instead of at the end of the day. I noticed that my calves seemed tender on the days I did not get a full night’s sleep. The lymphatic system is supposed to be more active at night, so I wondered if the tenderness had something to do with the interuption in sleep.
I’ve never been good at going to bed on time, but this observation motivated me more than anything to go to bed eight solid hours before my alarm went off. When I woke up before my alarm clock, my calves were not tender during my morning cupping session.
Does Cupping Help Get Rid of Cellulite?
Of course, this is the question we’ve all been wondering about most. Did the 30 day “Cupping for Cellulite” challenge have a visible effect on cellulite?
A few women posted on the forum that they saw results. ElizabethK writes:
But for me, I didn’t notice any real changes for 2 1/2 to 3 weeks. I can now use the cups on the tightest suction and the dimples on my thighs do not appear as defined. and let me tell you, they have been pretty defined this past year. So I am happy with what I’m seeing after only a month of using them.
Shannon and shirleyyogi reported similar results.
I did not notice a visible effect on my cellulite… UNTIL week 4. I was in Florida with my significant other for the last week of the challenge. I wore a dress one day and he asked if I was using the cups on my calves because they looked really good! I checked them out and he was right. Even when I crossed my legs and pushed up on the calf muscle, they didn’t look all soft and dimply like they used to.
So our 30-day “Cupping for Cellulite” challenge concludes the way so many cellulite treatment reviews tend to do: minimal results were visible, further investigation is required. For new cellulite or cases where cellulite is light and not compact, a few weeks or months of cupping massage might might be all you need to see visible results. For me, I am definitely going to incorporate cupping into my overall cellulite treatment strategy.
**Update: Since I posted this challenge, a variety of new cupping products have appeared on Amazon. I now recommend a cupping set like this one for individual home use. It’s less than half the price of the Bellabacci cups with free Prime shipping. Plus you get a good variety of cup sizes including a smaller cups that is good for the calves, a large cup that is perfect for the most cellulite-prone regions, and facial cups (the tiny one is supposed to help with lines around the lips).
If you try them, please report back in the comments section below and let us know how it’s going! Why not start a 30 day cupping challenge of your own? For other effective cellulite treatments you can do at home, see our virtual cellulite treatment rooms.