Thursday, January 27, 2011

Chinese Cupping for Cellulite Reduction

By Eeka King (B.H.Sc(Acu)

 When I was a student of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture I read in some old text that Chinese cupping may be beneficial in reducing cellulite. At that time I had a busy massage business on the Gold Coast, a great many of whom where dancers and who needed to maintain fit and beautiful looking bodies. Could Chinese Cupping be the natural solution for women who have cellulite on their legs and thighs?

Chinese Cupping is a therapy in which glass or plastic jars or cups create a vacuum when applied to the skin. The vacuum is created by introducing heat; usually a swab or cotton ball dipped in alcohol and lit, to create a negative pressure within the cup. Many years ago the Chinese used horns or bamboo cups. The cupping method has the function of warming and promoting the free flow of Qi and blood in the meridians, dispelling cold and dampness, diminishing swellings and pains.

 In western terms it also breaks up muscles fibres and increases blood circulation to areas of contraction and stiffness. Occasionally a cup may be placed over the top of an acupuncture needle or often they are moved up and down a channel or large muscle (migratory or sliding cupping). Sliding cupping is done with oil and feels like an amazing massage when done on your back to relieve muscle tension and knots.

I began trialling sliding cupping on the problem areas of some of my clients to see if this could really reduce or clear cellulite. I was utterly blown away, the results where amazing! I spent months working on and formulating cellulite cupping procedures and techniques to see what worked the best. I began to refine the techniques, positions and strengths to suit the individual needs of the client.

What I found was that the vacuum affect of the cups broke up the fatty tissues or cellulite deposits and increased blood circulation to the area, clearing away any stagnation. The cellulite and dimples are ironed out and the thighs and butt begin to feel firm and toned. The other advantage I found with the treatment was that muscle tightness and knots in the area where also releasing and the women were reporting increased flexibility and suppleness.

The results and number of sessions varied from woman to woman, depending on body type and lifestyle factors. Some women I would treat 2-3 times and their cellulite would be completely cleared. Some needed a few more sessions. I had some clients that were requesting a regular weekly maintenance treatment to keep the cellulite at bay. One client I had would come every 6 months when some cellulite returned, have a few sessions and not have any more problems for another 6 months. That woman discovered later though that when she gave up drinking so much alcohol and coffee the results would last a lot longer for her.

An interesting fact is that now all the latest cellulite machines are all working with this same vacuum concept. After having tried these new devices I am even more impressed with the traditional cupping method. It is done with glass, and a proper flame and more importantly, and individual who can adapt to your pain tolerance and needs. Cellulite cupping is achieving good results and is giving women more confidence. If you are feeling self-conscious in your bikini this summer and you want to feel better about your body, why not give it a try?

Hi Eeka,
I just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful treatments that you provide, especially the cupping.

This is the first time that I have tried alternative therapies and I have been delighted with the acupuncture and the cupping cellulite treatment.

I really didn't believe that I would see such a dramatic change in my cellulite and my husband was amazed at the results.  Even after the very first session, I was back wearing shorts and reinvigorated to exercise.

One of the major benefits, apart from the visible changes, is that the circulation in my legs has improved and my legs feel warm - for the first time in years!

I have thoroughly enjoyed my sessions in the warm and relaxed atmosphere you have created and would definitely recommend your service to anyone.

Thank you again, regards

Helen Duddington

Phone the clinic on 02 66851 088 or email to make an appointment with Eeka


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