Cellulite Treatment- Cupping Therapy

What is Cellulite?

Most people call cellulite, cottage cheese. Cellulite is the persistent subcutaneous fat causing dimpling of the skin. It is most common found on the thighs, hips, and buttocks. It is most common in women, actually over 90% of women suffer from cellulite. Cellulite causes are unknown. But, our hormones, age, genetics, and dietary play a big part in cellulite. 

There are four types of cellulite. One way to determine which type you have is through the Nürnberg-Müller scale  or the "Cellulite pinch test". You can take this test by pinching a few inches of skin between your thumb and forefinger in the area of your buttocks, thighs, abdomen or upper arms. This test has four stages. Stage 0 to 3.

Stage Zero is no seen dimpling on the skin when you are standing naked in front of the mirror. When the skin is pinched no orange peel effect is seen. 

Stage One is no seen dimpling on the skin when you are standing. When you pinch your skin you have bump and lumps.

Stage Two you can see dimpling or the orange peel appearance when standing naked in front of the mirror. You cannot see this when laying down.

Stage Three you see dimpling or the orange peel appearance when standing and laying down. 

How does it feel? Does it hurt?

 

The treatment feels like a gentle tug and lift of the skin and deeper layers, rolling in different patterns over the body like a wave. Most clients find it pleasant, but if you have sensitive skin, you may feel slightly sore. The strength of the treatment can be individually adjusted to your comfort level.

 

What will I feel afterwards?

Most clients report a feeling of relaxation and increase in energy. Since the lymph system is stimulated, it is recommended that you drink 4 – 6 glasses of water every day during the duration of your treatment in order to aid in elimination.

Are there side effects?

Minor, temporary bruise marks may occur. Some people report a urge to urinate about an hour after treatment. Many clients report feeling refreshed and energetic after their sessions.

 

Can I receive treatments if I am pregnant?

No correlation has been found between this treatment and complications in pregnancy. If you under doctor supervision, a medical referral must be given before treatment. 

 

Contraindications?

Total contraindications (CANNOT) to massage cupping include but are not limited to:

pregnancy, circulatory or vascular disease, blood clots, phlebitis or unexplained calf pain; infectious progressive diseases such as AIDS; anti-coagulant medication( i.e., Coumadin, Warfarin); any active cancer, especially skin cancer.

Local contraindications include but are not limited to:

hernias, varicose veins, eruptions, wounds, infected areas, open sores, injection sites, skin tumors.

 

The above lists are NOT exhaustive. IF IN DOUBT, CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN BEFOREHAND.

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