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Which Cups Work Best Where?

So you have read all of our blog posts in the Cupping Products category and now have a really great understanding of the different types of silicone compounds and curing processes used in the manufacturing process...and you also now have an understanding of what the different hardness levels of silicone are....so now let's dive into why this makes a difference when it comes to cupping techniques!


As we discussed previously, the higher the durometer of your silicone cups, the more resistant they are to be indented. In other words...a higher durometer silicone means that the cups are going to feel a little harder in your hands when you squeeze them and this in turn means that they are going to be a little bit more 'rigid' when it comes to using them in different ways.


When it comes to the various cupping techniques that we can use for self care cupping, there are some really basic ones that we should all be familiar with and that we can use at home, on ourselves, every single day! Specifically, we are referring to the Static / Stationary Cupping technique, the Dynamic / Massage Cupping technique and the Rotation technique. If you need a refresher on what these mean then head over to our Self-Care Cupping Techniques article!

When using the Static or Stationary technique, we find that using a slightly higher durometer of silicone works the best. You would want to look for cups that fall within the hardness level of approximately 55A to 60A. At this hardness level, you will find that the cup is going to return to its original shape faster (remember that the higher the number the more resistant it is to being indented!)...and as a result the amount of suction that it creates within the cup is going to feel stronger. It's for this reason that we recommend using the higher hardness level cups for only static / stationary techniques or rotation techniques (where you aren't moving the cups over the body).


The sets that work the best for this technique are:

  • Align Set

  • Vitality Set

  • Cellulite Set

If you are like us, you love how it feels when the cups are used in a Dynamic or Massage technique where they are being moved over the skin with the help of some massage lotion or oil. When using these kinds of techniques, you would want to look for cups that fall within the hardness level of approximately 50A to 55A. At this hardness level, the cups tend to be a little softer and easier to squeeze to create the suction and move them over your body. With cups in the 50A to 55A hardness level, the suction that is created will feel slightly less and this is why we recommend using them for your dynamic or massage techniques. Note that when using your cups dynamically in this manner, they may 'pop' off or lose their suction - this is completely normal and partially why we recommend that you use the softer level cups for moving techniques.


The sets that work the best for this technique are:

  • Base Set

  • Cellulite Set

If you have never used or experienced the Rotation technique in a cupping session...you don't know what you are missing!! This is hands-down one of our absolute faves!! For this technique, you are going to want cups that fall within the higher range of 55A to 60A...but don't go too high as the amount of suction that they will produce might be a whole lot more than you are anticipating! Simply apply the cups in a stationary manner and then rotate them in slight circles to encourage the muscles underneath to activate.


The sets that work the best for this technique are:

  • Align Set

  • Base Set

  • Cellulite Set

Up next in our blog post series we will explore the different kinds of silicone cupping sets on the market!

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