Does anti-cellulite massage work and why is that?

Heather Campbell
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Tired of your cellulite, you may wonder: Does anti-cellulite massage work and why is that?

Does anti-cellulite massage work and why is that?Don’t you feel comfortable in a bathing suit because you don’t have smooth, toned skin? The beautiful days are coming, and you want to reduce that orange-peel skin on your body as much as possible?

Anti-cellulite massage works to regain firmer skin thanks to the targeted and effective palpate-and-roll technique. For maximum reduction of cellulite, a healthy and balanced diet is advised in combination with regular physical exercise since anti-cellulite massage is only part of the solution.

Read on to zoom in on the anti-cellulite massage and the benefits it brings to our body.

Does anti-cellulite massage work and why is that? Introduction

Before treating cellulite, it is useful to know that there are three types:

  • Adipose cellulite is the most common type. It results from an accumulation of fat in the adipocytes (fat cells) located under the dermis.
  • Aqueous (watery) cellulite is caused by water retention, due to poor lymphatic circulation.
  • Fibrous cellulite is the result of old cellulite. It is expressed by dimples trapped deep under the dermis and surrounded by collagen fibers.

It is important to know that there are specialized treatments for each type of cellulite.

For example, we choose a draining wellness massage to reduce watery cellulite. This type of massage eliminates excess water and toxins by stimulating lymphatic circulation with controlled pressure and kneading.

Why is anti-cellulite massage effective?

During an anti-cellulite massage, the hand adapts to the relief of the body. It allows a deep seizure of the tissues, dermis, hypodermis, and even places with a bony relief like the waist or the hips.

This mechanical action of the hand on the tissues leads to a proven biological response.

In fact, this mechanical transduction phenomenon acts on the fibroblast (the skin cell responsible for firmness), and will produce between 20% and 25% more collagen.

This is interesting when we know that this production decreases with age and that the stiffening of collagen fibers is responsible for the appearance of the orange-peel appearance.

The anti-cellulite massage and the palpate-roll drains and improves the skin’s appearance by releasing the water trapped between the fat cells. However, this technique must be adapted on a case-by-case basis.

This type of massage is unsuitable for people with circulation problems, varicose veins and superficial wounds. It is also not recommended for pregnant women.

The palpate-roll would be more adapted to the treatment of cellulite located on the legs, buttocks, thighs, and arms. It is preferable to use it as a wellness massage to treat delicate areas, such as the stomach and breasts.

You could even lose a couple of inches because these massage techniques also promote lipolysis, or the destocking of fat cells.

Moreover, during an anti-cellulite massage session, endorphins or well-being hormones are released and contribute to physical and psychological relaxation.

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The lifting of muscular tensions and the release of heat caused by the rubbing of the hands on the skin will contribute to the feeling of well-being.

What are the conditions for anti-cellulite massage to work?

For an anti-cellulite massage to work, it is imperative to do it regularly! In fact, it has little long-term use to perform massages for two weeks, then stop and start again three months later!

Three sessions per week are ideal. And if you start to see results after the sixth session, it often takes a dozen or more if you have old and fibrotic cellulite.

This kind of treatment is like sport! One session per week is maintenance, but you need at least two for a better figure.

In addition, the best way to stimulate lipolysis is to also have a healthy and balanced diet, which means avoiding different types of sugar and industrial fats. And of course, it is advisable to accompany this with regular physical activity.

Tip: After an anti-cellulite massage, walk 25 to 35 minutes after the treatment to burn off the fat cells mobilized during the session.

The more you use the deep muscles, the better the venous return and therefore the less cellulite you will have.

How does an anti-cellulite massage session proceed?

The professional will ask you questions during the first appointment and observe your skin to identify any vascular fragility.

This will also help determine the age and type of cellulite: adipose, watery or fibrous.

Then, the practitioner takes the measurements of the areas to be treated. For example, arms, stomach, thighs…

The targeted massage on one or two areas lasts between 25 and 45 minutes. The entire session can vary between 35 and 90 minutes depending on the practitioner.

Some people like to prepare the skin beforehand and suggest sweating because they believe it is important to activate the elimination of toxins.

Others will focus more on finding knots and other muscular and energetic tension points. Indeed, a stressed person must relax before being able to reduce tension because stress can block everything.

And finally, some professionals will use oil or, conversely, other practitioners will prefer dry maneuvers, and there will be those who moisturize the skin with a nutrition cream.

Most of them take advantage of this special moment to advise a better lifestyle and the practice of regular self-massage.

When can you expect results from an anti-cellulite massage?

After the sixth session, a clear improvement in the appearance of orange-peel skin can be seen, and will be more or less pronounced depending on the type of cellulite and the area treated.

It is important to know that dimpled skin is more likely to disappear on the stomach than on the thighs.

The skin is unclogged, smoother, and gains in radiance thanks to the gliding pressures that promote better blood flow in the massaged area.

Good to know: For the best results and to lose some weight while you’re at it, combine the sessions with a regular self-massage, a balanced diet accompanied by the weekly practice of a sport such as aqua gym or aqua biking.

Does the anti-cellulite massage hurt?

Some areas are more sensitive than others, especially when there is fibrosis.

Palpating and rolling techniques are rarely comfortable, but they should always be bearable.

The pain causes reflex contractures of the muscles, a defense of the body to avoid tissue damage.

The massage can also generate bruises or even spider veins. If there is a bruise, the practitioner should not massage it the next time.

It is up to him (or her) to adapt the pressure’s intensity and be attentive to your feelings. Feel free to say when it hurts.

Does anti-cellulite massage work and why is that? Conclusion

Even if cellulite remains a natural phenomenon that is a problem for many women, it is still possible to reduce this orange-peel appearance with anti-cellulite massages.

Of course, regular use of this type of treatment is essential to achieve quick and lasting results.

Moreover, it is necessary to accompany these massages with a healthy lifestyle, i.e. a balanced diet and regular physical activity.

So don’t hesitate to book a session to reclaim your body, refine your figure, and feel beautiful and confident on the beach in summer!

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About Heather Campbell

As a nutritionist, my field of specialization is science-based nutritional advice but more importantly, it is my goal to share capturing and inspiring stories, examples and solutions which can help plus-size individuals overcome their specific difficulties. Read More