How to massage cellulite on legs and buttocks? Practical tips and advice

Heather Campbell
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How to massage cellulite on legs and buttocks is a subject that deserves to be tackled properly.

How to massage cellulite on legs and buttocks? Practical tips and adviceIt’s not a one size fits all approach.

Cellulite is not something desirable or accepted, although considered natural. A massage will help eliminate cellulite, and different areas need different treatments for maximum effect. Some areas benefit from gentle kneading while others need a good pounding to shift that orange peel.

To make it easier to understand, the upper and lower limbs have been divided into different muscle groups, with their respective prevention and care techniques.

It’s not that difficult, and the right knowledge will produce some amazing results.

How to massage cellulite on legs

The hamstring muscles are a group of three different muscles.

The semitendinosus and semimembranosus are located in the posterior aspect of the thigh near its medial region.

The biceps femoris covers the posterior part of the thigh in its most external region.

All are involved in knee flexion and hip extension.

The person to be massaged must lie on their stomach so allow access to all these muscles.

Kneading of the semitendinosus and semimembranosus

Unlike the previous muscle, the semitendinosus and the semimembranosus are easier to massage by being placed on the same side as the leg to be treated.

The hands should be pressed on the innermost region of the hamstrings, kneading the muscle fibers with force as in the previous point.

Deep kneading to combat cellulite

It’s the same position as before, with the kneading aiming to massage the whole posterior region of the thigh by going up from the back of the knee to the buttocks.

With one hand placed in front of the other, thumbs spread, the masseur makes circular movements with your fingers alternatingly.

Beating with the fist against cellulite

The hamstring muscles are very powerful and so can take something of a pounding.

The strength of the beat is adapted to the pain tolerance of the person being massaged.

The massage is performed on the bodies of each muscle, from bottom to top and from top to bottom, with a quick alternating movement of both hands.

Musculotendinous stretching massage

You person must lie on your back to properly stretch these muscles,

Then we lift our leg, place it on the masseur’s shoulder who presses gently with his hands to stretch the knee, depending on its elasticity.

This tension shouldn’t be painful and should be maintained for at least one minute.

Simultaneous deep fist kneading on both sides

The masseur does not change position, but places his hands on either side of the back of the thigh. The knuckles of the folded fingers are in contact with the hamstring muscles.

Circular movements are made simultaneously with both hands in opposite directions to move up the thigh from the knee (the popliteal fossa should not be massaged) to the buttocks.

Apart from the compression of the kneading, the masseur also adds the stretching and the transversal traction of the muscles into the mix.

Opposite longitudinal friction against orange peel

The masseur will go down to knee height.

He will rest his hands on each side of the posterior part of the thigh, placing one of them on the body of the biceps femoris, and the other on the semitendinosus.

He then rubs with both hands without sliding on the skin, in opposite directions, up and down the body.

As soon the skin is stretched to the maximum, he returns to the initial position and starts again by reversing the directions of the hands.

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Deep rubbing with the thumb

It consists of pressing slowly and deeply with the thumb on the bodies of the three muscles.

It starts with the femoral biceps, running its entire length from bottom to top.

The intense pressure exerted must cause the relaxation of the muscle fibers that will allow the thumb to progress.

As a result, this technique is very slow to execute. The masseur will go over the muscle between one and three times before moving on to the other hamstrings.

Kneading of the biceps femoris

To easily massage the outer region of the hamstring muscles, the masseur will go on the side of the massage table opposite the leg to be treated.

Between the fingers of one hand and the thumb of the other, the muscle is alternately compressed and twisted along its entire length.

He may move from top to bottom or vice versa, while always placing his hands transversely on the thigh.

How to massage cellulite on buttocks

The most visible gluteal muscle is the gluteus maximus. Underneath are the gluteus medius and the hip rotators.

For a convenient massage, the person to be treated should be placed on his or her stomach with legs stretched out.

Pressure on the pyramid

With the fist, a long pressure is applied on the central and lower part of the gluteus maximus to reach the posterior part of the hip joint.

This is where the hip rotator muscles are located, including the pyramidal muscle, which frequently suffers from contractures.

Massaging with the fist

This is done with the hands closed in a fist and the muscle mass is drummed quickly by one hand after the other.

The vibration caused and the pressure exerted aim to reduce the tension inside the muscle fibers.

The masseur will strike the whole surface of the buttocks randomly while avoiding the spine and the hip.

Kneading with palms and fingers

The masseur will knead the swollen mass of the muscle in all directions and will constantly change his hand’s position,

Strong pressure will be exerted with the fingers to pick up as much muscle mass as possible with each pass.

Kneading the buttocks with the knuckles

Circular movements are made with the knuckles, barely moving the fingers to emphasize the central region of the muscle.

How to massage cellulite on legs and buttocks: Conclusion

Bad posture, physical deterioration, small accidents, prolonged sitting, repeated movements, and a lack of regular physical activity can easily cause issues in our arms and legs.

The purpose of therapeutic massage is to fight against contractures and tensions of our limb muscles, resulting from too much activity or to unused movements.

By showing how to massage cellulite on legs and buttocks, we can emphasize on the scientific explanation of how massage eliminates toxins and assists with the removal of cellulite.

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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