Brava Smooth

Anti-Cellulite Cupping Treatment

Dimples…cottage cheese…orange peel…pin cushion…many women are all too familiar with these terms used to describe cellulite, the lumpy areas of skin that can appear on the abdomen, hips and thighs. Most post-adolescent females display some degree of cellulite, which can affect any body type, weight or size.

Studio Brava offers cupping therapy, a deep-tissue, non-invasive therapeutic approach that is increasingly being used by celebrities and professional women to reduce the appearance of cellulite, creating a smoother, more uniform skin surface in affected areas. Cupping may also help with spot tightening, such as sagging buttocks, saddlebags, flabby inner thighs, and muffin top, as well as minimizing stretch marks and scars.

What Causes Cellulite?
Cellulite is comprised primarily of fat and toxins that accrue in the subcutaneous fat layer beneath the dermis. When excess toxins build up in the loose network of adipose lobules (fat cells), it leads to the premature hardening of strands of connective fascia called septa that tighten around the cells, pushing them up underneath the skin.

In a healthy body, nutrient-rich blood flows to the skin and its lymph system eliminates waste and toxins. When blood circulation decreases for any reason, the surrounding tissue becomes starved and weakened, causing the retention of fluid that would normally carry away waste. Toxic buildup is the main cause of stagnant lymph, and can accumulate over the years from pollution in the environment, processed foods, chemical additives, and other sources.

Diet, exercise and hormonal factors also influence the presence and degree of cellulite. Hormones like estrogen and others are responsible for regulating the changes in blood flow, lymphatic drainage, fat, and connective tissue, as well as regulating fat storage and metabolism in the subcutaneous fat layer.

It’s true that a nutrient-rich, junk food-free diet and regular exercise can help you get or stay slimmer—and the less fat you have, the less likely it is to spill over the septa. However, it is a myth that drinking more water, exercising, eating healthy, getting liposuction, or taking anti-cellulite supplements will remove or prevent cellulite. In fact, over-hydrating and lipo may actually worsen the dimples!

How Cupping Reduces Cellulite
A cupping therapy session for cellulite reduction is like having your hips, thighs, and abdomen “vacuumed” using a small glass or medical-grade silicone cup that the therapist glides across your skin in long strokes. The reverse pressure from direct suction on the skin pulls up the sub dermal layers and breaks apart the underlying network of fat cells and septa, reducing the “lumps” of cellulite. At the same time, this process stimulates blood circulation and releases fat and toxins to the lymph nodes, assisting your body to detoxify through the lymph network.

In 2015, researchers conducted an experimental pilot study that investigated the effect of dry cupping massage on cellulite reduction. Forty healthy women with cellulite received gliding vacuum therapy on their thighs for 10 times over five weeks, using standard measurement techniques before and after the sequence. Researchers found that the effect of reverse pressure, detoxification, and lymphatic drainage from cupping was sufficient to reduce the patients’ grade of cellulite significantly, from a mean of 2.4 pre-test to 1.68 post-test.

Along with leading a healthy lifestyle, weekly or twice weekly cupping sessions are recommended by Studio Brava for optimal results. Session length depends upon the areas being treated; each segment worked requires 15-20 minutes of cupping (e.g., one buttock, one thigh, the abdomen).

Your therapist will discuss with you the appropriate length of the treatment customized for your goals.