Our 30 Day “Cupping for Cellulite” Challenge in Review

**Update: Amazon now offers a variety of reasonably priced cupping sets. One like this will do just fine and it’s less than half the price of the Bellabaci cups!**

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.  According to this chart from CuppingTherapy.org, 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.

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Teresea Carson, LMP says:
2/23/2012

Excellent article, Melissa! I love the link to the skin discolorations.

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Daisy says:
2/23/2012

There’s so much to love about this blog! Thanks for creating it, and keep up the good work! I will definitely be following the continuation of the “Cupping for Cellulite” challenge.

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Thanks, Teresea!!

Daisy–that’s great to hear! How are your cupping efforts going these days? Any little clues to add to our case file? 🙂

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Daisy says:
3/21/2012

I only have the facial cups, but I confess I was using them on my legs. Is that a bad idea? Or will they just not be as effective? I backed off, because I’m already prone to spider veins and was afraid that it might make them worse. Any thoughts, anybody? I definitely noticed that the “dimply” spots hurt the most when I was cupping. I tried using the cups on my face first, and had massive, hideous breakouts down my neck; once again, I can’t prove the cups caused them, as I’m working with a naturopath on other areas, and it might have just been detox. I was cautiously doing just one leg so I can compare results, but if I start up again (after some reassurance about spider veins!), I think I’ll do both because I would hate to have one leg dimply and the other not!

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Ha! The old one-dimply-leg dilemma. I’ve run into that one before!
I think it’s fine to use the facial cups on your legs, they are just smaller so they won’t cover as much area in the same amount of time. I was hesitant about spider veins, too. I have a lot of them as well which is I suspect is another side effect of the lymphatic congestion in my legs caused by fluoride. I asked the creator of the Bellabacci cups about contraindications for cupping during our interview. She said you shouldn’t use them if you have varicose veins, but they are great for spider veins. I started using them more on my spider veins recently. I haven’t noticed any effects one way or the other, but ask me again in a few weeks.

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Priscilla says:
10/3/2017

Help does anyone know where I can get the cupping kit . Amazon is currently sold out and does not know when they will be back in stock .
Thank you

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Amazon has a lot of similar kits from other suppliers. You could try this one.

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Manu says:
3/2/2012

Hi, Melissa! I don’t have any problems with my calves, and was wondering if the cups could be used directly only on the upper part of my legs (where there’s cellulite) or if I would have to start from the calves.

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You can use them wherever you think they are most needed. You don’t have to start at the calves and work up. Good for you, to have half your legs cellulite-free already! 🙂

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tina says:
3/21/2012

I’ve been using the cups for about a month. I’ve noticed a fair difference in my cellulite. My dimples when starting were a sever stage 2, I would say they are only moderate now. I have two deep spots on the outer area of both thighs, I park the cups there for up to a minute. Interestingly those deep spots are where I was able to note the most difference. They deep pockets have risen and are almost at level with other areas of cellulite on my body.

I’ll continue to use the cups in combination with everything else I’m doing. Because I do believe it is working.

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That is fabulous news, Tina!! It’s great that you are able to notice improvement in those deep spots. I have a few of those that I keep my eye on and they don’t seem to be budging! I see subtle improvements in other areas, but the three deep “dimples” I check on are still coming through loud and clear. I’m encouraged that the tender spots are greatly reduced, though. Hopefully that is a sign that the craters are on their way out.

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Crystal says:
5/4/2012

I am so happy to find this site!
I have a great interest in fighting cellulite and see your site is EDUCATIONAL, SERIOUS, and KIND “)
I ordered my cups on Amazon last night, I already skin-brush, ( one of the first things I ever learned to do for cellulite prevention & removal). I am surprised you have not mentioned Essential Oils (i.e. Clary Sage, Geranium, Lavender, & a few others) used in hot baths, after skin brushing, soaking at least 20mins. to absorb the oil These oils are awesome for toning the skin, I have had AWESOME results both on my arms and legs. I read about this from a book I bought in the 90’s. It was so HARD to find ANYTHING about cellulite! I believe the book was called “Beyond Cellulite” by a woman from Europe. It was very very useful, she wrote about many things I still find true today, Lymphatic system, Sodium/Potassium imbalance, skin brushing, self-massage etc.
At any rate I am a firm believer that we have the power individually to combat our common foe!! At homeopathic versions are my favorite! I am in control, no embarrassment and low cost!!
Thanks so much for this site!!

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I read that book, too! Nicole Ronsard was a trailblazer. I wrote about her book here: Cellulite File: “Beyond Cellulite” by Nicole Ronsard. You’re right, it is so hard to find decent sources of info on the blight. There’s a lot of “same old, same old” out there. I’m glad you’re on the case with us!

Essential oils are on the topics I would love to explore more on the site. I dabble with adding oils to my baths, maybe rosemary or lemongrass or something I read that helps lymph circulation, etc. But there is so much more to learn about essential oils. If you know of any experts, I would love to interview someone about this on our new radio show.

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Ashley says:
6/19/2012

Thank goodness for these cups! I have been fighting my cellulite since I was 16 (now 29) and I have tried everything under the sun to correct the problem. Nothing ever seems to work……………until I ran into these cups while browsing solutions online. I decided to order the Bellabaci Cups. I started using them about three weeks ago. I have nice shaped legs with an ugly little problem. Thank goodness for capri pants! I wish I could say that one massage takes the cellulite away however this is not the case. You have to be dedicated and consistant. I have been doing this since June 1st and I am on week three. I have not missed one massage. I massage each leg 15 minutes each night in the tub. The first week it hurt really bad especially the areas where the cellulite is more visible. I also noticed little red bumps. I never got cupping marks which was great though. The second week I started to build up tolerance and I could litterally mash my dimple areas and feel the tissue breaking up. The red bumps went away. This week I am noticing smoother more firmer skin as well as less noticable dimples. It actually feels good to massage at a harder deeper suction then it did at first. The more dimply areas still hurt a little but not near as bad. I am extremely confident in the Bellabaci Cups and believe that within time I can correct my cellulite. I can’t wait till the end of next week to see more improvement but, I will tell ya it works! I actually put a pair a shorts on because I felt that much better about the appearance of my cellulite. Love Love Love this site!

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Awesome!!! Thanks so much for the update, Ashley! The cups are amazing, aren’t they?! What technique are you using for cupping? Or do you just kinda run them in any direction until tme’s up?

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Emily says:
6/27/2012

Hi Ashley, I was about to write a comment but actually I can just second yours. My experience has been almost exactly the same. The pain really turns into more of a “sweet” kind after a while, similar to when you’re deeply stretching your muscles. My cellulite and the skin tone of my thighs and buttocks were terrible, but now for the first time I’m actually looking forward to wearing shorts and bikinis on an upcoming beach vacation! More women need to know about this.

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That is fantastic to hear, Emily! Thanks for sharing your experience with this! How long have you been using the cups and how long would you say it took to see a difference?

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That is fantastic to hear, Emily! Thanks for sharing your experience with this! How long have you been using the cups and how long would you say it took to see a difference?

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Emily says:
6/29/2012

I bought the cups early this year. I noticed a major difference in how the skin and tissue around my thighs felt immediately, they sort of loosened up if that makes sense. My thighs were actually sore to the touch before because of the cellulite (and the circulatory and lymphatic issues that go with it), but it took one session of cupping to relieve this problem that I had for years. The first session was excruciatingly painful, but so worth it.

I think it took only a week or two of cupping every other day to actually see more of an improvement than I’ve had with any other method, including exercise. I did get a little lazy and after the first weeks I’ve done it only about twice a week. Had I been more consistent with the cupping I’m sure my results would be even better now. I’d say after 6 months of cupping about twice a week the cellulite has reduced by 60% or so. And that’s being modest. My only complaint is that cupping makes me bruise a bit, which is not great in the summer months. But I think that’s still a very small price to pay for such results.

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Emily, this is amazing!! How exciting! 60 percent is fantastic. I know exactly what you mean about the tissue “loosening up.” I had that feeling too. Would you say you are still seeing improvement or has it plateaued? I feel like I saw more improvement in the first few months, but I was also using the cups a lot more then. I’m in the middle of a move now and it’s more difficult to find time. But thankfully my schedule should open up a lot more once I settle into my new place in a few weeks. Can’t wait!

Thanks again for your comment! Great news!

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Sevhera says:
6/25/2012

yay to cupping…Here is what I do to fight cellulite.. I don’t necessarily work out religiously – I have been green juicing for 2 weeks now (just in the mornings) and I do about 100 (4 sets of 25) squats or lunges whenever i blow dry my hair (3-4 times a week) I also try to do 15-25 squats every time i go to the bathroom (at work) – I take Kelp capsules (thank you Dr. Oz- u can find them in any health store) and I swear they work!(well for me anyway – getting rid of cellulite is just one of the many benefits) – I also dry brush before showering and put coconut oil after showering and now i started cupping after applying the coconut oil.. Huge difference! [not exactly sure if it’s working because of the combination of all of the above or what but I’m not going to stop anything and just keep going!

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AWESOME!! That’s a fantastic routine. I should start taking kelp again. I was taking kelp capsules a few years ago, but that’s before I figured out my skin condition. They are rich in iodine and I’ve since learned have a sensitivity to it because of my fluoroderma (acne caused by fluoride). Iodine is one of the nutrients that displaces fluoride from the body. I haven’t been able to take iodine supplements because the detox reactions are too strong, but I could probably handle a kelp pill or two a day and build my way up. Thanks for the reminder, Sevhera!

I’m glad to hear the cups are making a big difference! Are you using the Bellabaci cups or another brand? Any special technique? Just curious. 🙂

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Ashley says:
6/30/2012

HI Melissa,

I just run the Bellabaci cups in a circular motion and I zig zag them up and down my thighs. I noticed my skin is getting tighter. I also use the softer one on my upper arms. I really think it is helping to firm the upper under arm flab that us woman tend to get. I am a skinny fit person. I exercise everyday. Sometimes I wonder if drinking coffee contributes to this cellulite problem. I mean I only drink one cup in the morning but, I have heard that coffee can cause the toxins to build up and then cause the dimpling effect. Problem is I love my coffee. Not that you guys all want to hear this but, I think my cellulite looks worse right before my cycle. I also had my tubes tied after my second child and I think my body changed after that. Hormones went nuts! Cellulite got worse! Sometimes I can look at it and live with it but other times I think to myself why could’nt I have been in the ten percent range with woman who do not have this ugly little problem.
Emily…………….. I think you are so right girl about other woman needing to know about these cups. I would have never known about them untill one night of searching solutions online. I do not do creams becauseI know they do not work. I will spread the word about these cups and maybe one day I can be a perfect example of what they do for you. I will massage my legs everynight untill I see it completely gone! I am a 100% confident that I can make it go away. This is by far the best solution yet. 🙂 Cheers to being cellulite free one day!

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Hi, Ashley! Thanks for your comment. Sorry it took me a while to get back to you. I’ve been on a mini blogging break this summer. So glad to hear you are seeing results with the Bellabaci cups. I agree, we should spread the word. The more women we have testing these out, the more positive feedback we seem to get. I don’t think I’ve heard from anyone who really didn’t like them. In the new web design I’m working on, there is a “product lab” where people can write reviews (and rate other reviews). I’m hoping it will help us figure out which products are worth using. Sound like the cups will be towards the top of the list. We’ll see!

btw, I’ve noticed my cellulite looks worse when my body is retaining water. Do you experience bloating from PMS? Maybe that could be what’s causing the increased appearance of cellulite?

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Lou says:
7/9/2016

I think cellulite does appear worse /better depending/ on your menstrual cycle.. Also the woman’s contraceptive pill is a MAJOR CAUSE of cellulite and I would definitely recommend to NEVER EVER take oral contraception for many reasons which the medical industry ignores to inform us about.

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Ashley says:
8/6/2012

Hi Melissa,
I do believe that the bloating may cause the cellulite to look worse. This is my ninth week of cupping (have not missed one night) and I can honestly say now I have to squeeze my legs to see the cellulite. I do however notice the dimpling during my cycle. I also do have one problem area that I am having trouble breaking up with the cups. I was using the cups in a circular motion but, now I started trying them straight up and down my leg, I feel like it is smoothing them in a different direction. Reason I started doing this is because I noticed when I do the zig zag effect, I started to see a pattern in the way it is breaking it up. It is a pain to do every night but, it is worth it to see results. I told my husband I can’t wait to see what my thighs will look like by summer next year. ***************Ashley********************

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Lynette says:
8/21/2012

Hi I’m in Australia. Where can I purchase the cups and how much etc. thanks

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Hi, Lynette. If you have Amazon, you can buy them there. You can also order them directly from Bellabaci. I haven’t tried the ones from this shop, but I would if I lived in Australia! http://www.healthtraditions.com.au/shop.htm

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Destinee says:
9/25/2012

I’m 19 years old, 5’8 and 125lbs. Cellulite has haunted me since I was 13! I gained a lot a weight in my early teens which gave me cellulite and stretch marks. I just bought the cups and I will report back to see if it works on me! Hoping for the best!! Thank you for everything on this site! <3

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Can’t wait to hear what you think, Destinee!!

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jaysa says:
12/22/2012

I’ve been cupping for about 3 month now but haven’t seen any difference in my skin yet. Am I doing something wrong? Plz help!! Thanx.

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Hi, Jaysa. What are your cupping sessions like? How often do you use the cups and for how long? Have you noticed any effects at all (any marks on the skin, redness afterwards… anything like that)? Also, how long have you had cellulite and what’s your general health condition otherwise?

I doubt you are doing it wrong. Cupping isn’t all that complicated. I’m sure it’s not the cure-all for everyone so I’m just trying to gather more info about your particular experience. Thanks for your comment!

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Victoria says:
2/15/2013

I’ve been battling with Cellulites since I was 15, I’ve tried everything under the sun and it has failed. I recently bought the Bellabasy cups and decide to give it a try. It’s my first use and I will admit, it’s painful as mentioned by so many before and I’ve noticed that on my first try I was left with several red blotches on my legs, I’m hoping that this is normal, because I’m a little nervous about the marks on my legs. I’ve also noticed that the same blotches are tender to the touch which from reading other reviews seems to be expected. I will continue the massages though and hopefully see results – I’ll keep you posted Melissa hope all goes well and I see some results soon……

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William says:
6/5/2013

I am a certified Cupping Therapist I have taking the courses through ICTA’s website that you referenced. I am happy to answer any questions you or anyone else has on cupping for cellulite treatment and facial cupping as well. One thing I will say is that there are some very subtle but important techniques when using the cups that can increase the results of both facial and cellulite cupping.

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Katharine says:
8/21/2013

Hi William,

That’s very generous of you to offer your knowledge and assistance – I’d love to know any tips for using the cups on my thighs.

Cheers,

Katharine

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Theresa says:
5/9/2014

Hi William,
I would be interested in learning more about the proper techniques for cupping on the legs and face. I would love if you would share them.

Thanks so much,
Theresa

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Megan says:
6/23/2013

I just started using the cups this week and I am quite hopeful from what I have read. I have noticed that when I use them my legs get all pink and red splotchy… by the time I get out of the shower its usually gone but it kind of freaked me out the first time. I have not found much information online about this. Thanks for the great advice so far. I look forward to seeing results soon.

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William says:
6/23/2013

Megan,

What your experiencing with the redness is called hyperemia, it is a perfectly normal and healthy skin response to cupping. basically your increasing the blood flow to that part of your skin through the suction of the cups. Sometimes if you leave the cups on too long in the same spot you can get areas of Petechiae(minor blood leakage from skin capillaries), or small amounts of cellular debris that can be released from underlying tissue(can be purple brown or black sometimes). This is a response your looking for more in a detox scenario rather than your cellulite treatment. Let me know if you have any questions.

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Nicole says:
12/5/2013

I am a solo cellulite investigator and psyched to find your website! I rub coffee grounds on my thighs every morning in the shower and have a Wellbox which is a vacuum like roller. I just ordered the cups as well as Birch Oil. I’ll let you know what happens.

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Patti says:
5/7/2014

Hello everyone 🙂 I am 51 yrs young;) and I have tried everything..back in 93 I went on a diet that was very low in salt & fat and watched as the fat melted off my thighs! It was amazing!! I just find it hard to be as disciplined as I was at 30:( so I’ve been searching for different techniques And came across the cupping..I am only on day 2 and I notice a lot of redness & heat when doing the cupping technique so it really feels like it’s working. I have been also cupping across my lumbar because of low back pain. It’s great to read everyone’s comments!

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Feather says:
5/20/2014

I just started to use the cups for a week. It’s really working already. But it’s extreamly painful. I just have to deal with it. I read above it gets better. Hopefully. I’m glad I found these cups.

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Winona says:
6/26/2014

Melissa- were you compensated by Bellabaci to use the cups? I tend towards being skeptical with everything- especially cellulite beauty treatments! I think I will still purchases these cups because it wouldn’t hurt to try it! I am thin and fit and still have cellulite. It’s so cruel!

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No, but they did offer to send me a free set to I could test them out and decide for myself if I thought they were worth using. I only write about products I love. 🙂

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CA Dreamin says:
6/10/2015

Hello, I wanted to invest in a cupping set and had a few questions if someone would be kind enough to point me in the right direction.

1) There are many other companies selling these cupping sets for much cheaper than bellabaci, are they a comparable product and if not, what makes the bellabaci brand better?

2) What is the best oil to use for massage cupping for cellulite and spider veins and broken capillaries?

3) Would massage cupping existing spider veins and capillaries remove them from my thighs and legs?

Thank you 🙂

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Hi, CA. Sorry for the late reply! Yes, you are right! Since I first published this challenge, a lot of new cupping sets have popped up on Amazon. I now recommend this cupping set because it’s much less expensive and you get a great variety of cup sizes. I especially like the large cup for my upper legs and it’s nice to have a facial cup thrown in, too.

I was on what felt like a permanent quest to find the best oil for cellulite, but now I just rotate through a variety of quality oils that have strong anti-cellulite properties. Some of my favorites are partially ozonated olive oil, coconut oil, emu oil, or just a quality organic carrier oil (usually almond, sesame, or jojoba). I like to mix in some essential oils known to increase detoxification, such as juniper, citrus, rosemary, or cypress.

Yes, there is hope for spider veins. Please let us know how it goes!

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CA Dreamin says:
7/6/2015

Thank you for the great info and advice. Love the blog and hope to see results soon. I will DEFINITELY take before and after pics.

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sharon says:
8/15/2015

I have to tell you ladies that, after three weeks of using the cups, I’ve had my dimples turn into lines on my butt. It seems like my dimples are coagulating – I’ll keep you informed on how they progress.

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Cris says:
10/28/2015

Hello! The first thing your blog interesting , congratulations !
The second is that this ‘ long post , but I wonder if you followed and that such it go .
I have a lymphatic problem in calves , they swell throughout the day and I am hopeful with this, also to attack cellulite on my legs .
A hug (my english is bad!)

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Jeanette says:
1/17/2016

HI Melissa,

I think your website is terrific. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences and interesting knowledge with us.

I started yesterday the cupping massage and will keep on as long as it need. The cuppings are similar to the Bellabaci cups.

I am considering, as well, to try “Celluless” (a mecanic version of vacuum massage) http://viatekcatalogs.com/usa/brochures/instruct/celluless_md_instruct.pdf. And wonder if you or others have any experiences with this device?

Kind regards,

Jeanette

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Simple Dimple says:
3/10/2016

Hi Guys thanks for the article. I wanted to give everyone an update I’ve been doing it for 3 weeks now as well as dry brushing and I’m not 100% sure i’ve noticed too much difference. Maybe alittle it’s hard to be sure it’s still their the dimples anyway. What I notice is I bruise myself quite alot and I end up cracking the cups I’ve bought. I got some plastic ones from china that are kind of a hard brittle plastic. The cups that you recommend above do they maintain their grip on the skin even when you grab them firmly to massage your legs in circles. I feel like they might unstick themselves if you grab them?? I think I’m breaking the plastic by grabbing onto it firmly. I use essential oils for slip and its hard to keep your grip sometimes. The cups loose their suction once they start to crack. Thanks for listening please write back any comments guys 🙂

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sophia Hilton says:
3/18/2016

Hello!
I’m going to start with a huge THANK YOU for this amazing site, reading through some of the amazing REAL reviews has given me every bit of confidence in this technique!

My brothers girlfriend got me into cupping for medical issues such as asthma, Since I started having weekly sessions 2 years ago, I no longer use my inhaler!!

I have had a huge issue with cellulite since I stopped sprinting at 15 (I’m now 22)

I haven’t worn shorts or a Bikini in years!!

It’s got to the stage where I wont even get undressed in front of my boyfriend if he’s behind me. I feel at 22, this shouldn’t ever be an issue!

I’m a small size 8 (UK) I’ve tried every diet and exercise under the sun. All that happens is I get toned everywhere else, most often than not when I’m dieting people will tell me I look ill and need to put more weight on.

I’ve been told it’s hormones or because I’m mixed race I have cellulite.. Both of which I feel is rubbish!

I’ve decided enough is enough, Instead of dieting I’m going to get to the route of the problem and target the area that really needs work on and try and get my confidence back!

I’m going away to Italy in July for my boyfriends sisters wedding, ANXIETY is going crazy at the thought of my thighs being in clear view on a beach to everyone!

I’ve ordered my cups, along with Lemon, Orange, Grapefruit, Ginger root and Rosemary essential oils. I have a bath and shower daily so will designate my evening bath to 15 minutes each leg daily.

Will post results in a month, I’m feeling so confident in these after reading all you lovely ladies posts!!

Thanks again you inspiring bunch!

4 MONTHS to get to where I want to be, no crash diets, no starving myself, My normal healthy diet, exercise 3 times a week… Here goes!!

Sophia

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Curious cat says:
5/19/2017

Hi! Was wondering if any ladies had before and after pictures??

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I made a promise to myself when I started this blog that I would not post pictures of my body on the internet. I know some women are fine with it, it’s just not something I want to do!

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sandra says:
6/15/2016

Hello !
Interesting post, and also the comments.

I’m using the cups for a double chin.
Today is the first day.
It is very hard to loose a double chin, so I hope this works! (I think so!) It feels good, that is for sure (a little painful sometimes). I tried a lot of things to get rid of the double chin, exercises, neckslimmer, facial flex. Exercises are hard to do in a consistent way. I don’t think this will be difficult for me to be consistent in, ’cause it feels nice; like it is exactly what this area needs.

Does anybody has experience with cupping on a double chin?

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Pakalla says:
10/10/2016

Hi all,

Are there any guides for how to use the cups for cellulite? It seems like everyone who posts here knows how to use them – how did you learn?

Thanks!

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Lynn says:
3/27/2017

Just wanted to chime in here. I had researched extensively on cupping for cellulite and the importance of direction, etc. I have cellulite on my thighs and have for years. The cupping hurt at first but eventually became less painful and I did it for at least a month before starting to freak out a bit over it. This is probably normal but it made the cellulite look more apparent. I was afraid it would just get worse rather than better so stopped doing it. Now, and I mean 2 years later, it seems the cellulite is definitely more apparent which I feel was from the cupping. Like it never really recovered from it. I did read that it could get worse before it got better so maybe I just stopped too quickly. I’m not willing to start up again so will use the cellulite massager and try to exercise more. Just wanted to throw in my 2 cents as most of the comments were pretty positive. Good luck to you all!

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Jenna says:
5/30/2017

So, I initially bought these silicone cups to use for myofascial release on my shoulders and upper back. But as I was reading about them, I came across this site and was super-excited to read I could use them on cellulite-prone areas, too.

It’s been about a week and I am already seeing results! Wow! I spend about 10 minutes on each leg, focusing on the thighs and buttocks.

A weird side effect is my abdomen is covered in an itchy, red rash. I have never used the cups there, either. And the areas where I do use the cups are completely unaffected by this rash. It has to be a detox sign, right? The first few days, the lymph nodes in my groin were swollen, too. I took that as a sign the therapy was actually unblocking my lymphatic passages.

This is really great. Thanks for taking the time to test this out!

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Leah says:
5/30/2017

Hi there! Is it ok to use the cups where you don’t have varicose veins or should you stay away from cupping altogether if you’re prone to varicose veins?

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Tammy says:
6/24/2017

Can you get these cups in store? I really would love these cups before summer ends. Afraid if I order it online.. I won’t get it for several weeks!

Thank you

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I haven’t seen them in stores but maybe someone else can chime in…

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Sunny Landis says:
6/24/2017

I’m looking into buying these cups because I would love to see an improvement in my cellulite. I was wondering though if anyone has heard of this helping with nerve damage? I had foot surgery 7 months ago and still can’t feel my lower calf nor the entire outside of my foot. Do you think if I start cupping my calf and foot if it would awaken the nerves any?

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Neil says:
7/24/2017

Hi All. I am a 40 years old man and have always had a problem with cellulite over my ribs and under my armpits. I am a body builder and am very fussy about my body aesthetics training for two hours sux days a week. Having grabbed hold of my wifes cup i used it all over both sides of my body in the shower every day using baby oil. This combined with a high protein diet and medium carbohydrate consumption seems to work very well. Also i am drinking about 8 cups of water a day to flush my system after cupping. This combination is working amazingly and i noticed a difference even after day 1. Goid luck all and hope it works for you all. 💪🏻

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Amy says:
8/6/2017

Great article with good info, thanks. My question is, is it ok to use over stretchmarks?? I have had 3 children and was a very small person each time and I gained alot of weight each time. I have stretchmarks on my butt under it on the back of my thighs and my stomach. So far I’ve only used the cup once and it made my stretch marks really really red. If it goes away then I won’t be too concerned but is it ok? Will it maybe make my stretch marks worse? I really hope not because I really enjoyed using it and it felt nice,I’d love to be able to continue. Does anyone know if it will cause anymore damage to stretchmarks? Or if you shouldn’t use it over them? Cause if not I won’t be able to use it on the places I need to. Thanks in advance to anyone who could help me out with this question.

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I haven’t heard any problems with cupping over stretch marks.

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Omo says:
8/19/2017

I have varicose veins on my thigh. Is it a good idea to use the cup over them?

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I wouldn’t recommend cupping over any area that is sensitive or painful. You could try cupping around the area to increase lymphatic circulation. I’ve read a light suction is best (just enough for the cup to glide across the skin, but no more).

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Monica says:
8/26/2017

I just got my cup and used it in the bath, is it suppose to hurt on the inside of my thigh? And do I use it for 10 min on each leg, or altogether…

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If it hurts, decrease suction.

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Sherry says:
9/3/2017

I’m 54 & started using the cups yesterday & YES it hurts. I bought this to get rid of cellulite & Hopefully Tighten my saggy skin. I lost a lot of weight & have loose skin. I did it all over my upper saggy legs, saggy tummy & saggy arms & the smaller ones on my neck & face. I got red splotches on my upper lip that did not go away yet & last night I got Terrible leg cramps or spasms & was wondering if anyone else had this happen? I want to keep trying it & hopefully not have those terrible spasms that I had last night. Really hoping this works for me. Please let me know if you had any leg cramps or spasms. Just wondering if this is normal or maybe just a coincidence?

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Jools says:
9/15/2017

Hi all,

I’m happy to have come across this website, love all the threads and helpful comments.

I’m in my 30’s and I’ve got cellulite all over, legs, bum, belly, arms.

I shall be purchasing the cups in a couple weeks (pay day hoorray!) and will report back. I’m going to take a before and after photo of my leg to compare, not sure if one can upload photos here though.

Good luck to everyone else who’s trying the cups right now 🙂

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Jo says:
9/17/2017

Just started cupping yesterday my legs and stomach feel like they have been run over by a hoared of elephants.have I done it right!!!!!And how often should I be cupping!!😀😀😀

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There should be no elephant stampeding! Take a break and try using a much lighter suction next time!

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Su says:
9/17/2017

Hi everybody! I have lots of spider veins, I just used the cups today in my legs, well I left 2 cups where it was hurting in my shoulders and got quite a bruise in both sites. After a session of about 20 minutes for both legs and my stomach, I felt really dizzy and lightheaded, enough to have to lay down. I have varicose veins but avoided the areas but still passed the cups on the spider veins. Is this dangerous and should this type of cupping any of the symptoms described?

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I’ve read light cupping (where you are barely using any suction) is the most effective at improving lymphatic circulation. If you are experiencing negative side effects, maybe take a break to give your body a chance to recover and next time go much lighter!

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Reby Deamer says:
9/27/2017

Hello. I have a lot of fat on my inner thighs would this work on that?

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Yes, cupping will help with lymphatic drainage in that region.

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Danielle Rumer says:
10/4/2017

Hi all! 🙂 I juat watched a video lf a company that sells these types of cups. They said not to stop the movement of the cup as it will leave bruses to keep the motion going until you are done. 5 minutes on each section needed going up and down, then side to side and then the s motion all in the same area. I’m ordering mine now im excited!!

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