A cellulite condition can alternate between horror and annoyance for most of us. It is a condition which is deeply linked with our internal health so keeping fit and active as well as sticking to a healthy diet is very important.
For many of course the situation is so grave that just diet and exercise will no longer help and they have to go in for more serious treatments which will help in combating the fat faster. These can be anything from liposuctions to laser treatments, use of topical products to a combo method of all.
In this case too one has to continue with the healthy habits so that cellulite does not recur. One way to ensure that is to opt for regular cellulite massage.
One can opt for a professional cellulite massage or try and go in for self-massage techniques. Of course, it depends on a large extent to your own massage skills, perseverance and patience whether the self-massage will lead to results or not.
At times budget is also a constraint so many users prefer to continue with a massage at home instead of forking out cash every month. We will come back to this point and explore the various techniques for self-massage as well. For now we must look at what exactly is cellulite massage, the importance of anti-cellulite massage techniques and how to do them.
What is cellulite?
To understand the massage we have first understand what cellulite is. Cellulite refers to fat deposits that form beneath the skin tends to push and bulge out leading to bumps and dimples on the skin surface.
This in turn creates ugly ripples which are often termed as orange peel or cottage cheese syndromes. Common areas to be affected are abdomen, thighs, legs and buttocks. It can be a result of hormonal and genetic factors as well as obesity.
What is cellulite massage?
Massages specifically designed to put pressure on areas affected by cellulite are called cellulite massages. While losing weight is a difficult task and requires a multi-faceted approach, the process can be much aided with focused cellulite massage treatments.
These massages alternatively squeeze and pinch the fat deposits and then knead the muscles in the affected areas to roll the bulging fat away from the connective tissues. In a short time one will feel a smooth and toned skin surface minus the dimpled effect that marred the appearance till now.
This result is best achieved under the aegis of professional masseurs in a spa or a cellulite clinic. There are also special topical creams, lotions, scrubs and essential oils which are used in the process.
Devices like electronic or battery operated equipment or tools known as cellulite massagers also help if one is trying to do this at home without help.
There is a lot of debate on the efficacy of these products vis a vis the natural massage techniques. There are also queries on whether the cellulite massages are at all effective for combating its condition.
One thing is sure, there must be some benefit else the process would not have become so popular. What one has to realize is that this not a solution by itself but a complimentary one to make the overall effect positive.
How the cellulite massage works?
The main aim of a cellulite massage, no matter which technique you apply, is to manipulate the skin and disperse fat cells beneath the surface of the skin so that they are more evenly spread instead of accumulating in one place and bulge out through the skin.
Regular massage helps in doing exactly this by breaking down the fat and dispersing it. This evens out the dimpled effect making the skin tighter and smoother.
Another great benefit of the cellulite massage is that it stimulates the tissues around the cellulite formations which improve the blood circulation and lymphatic functions. This is a very important criterion for cellulite reduction and greatly benefits when paired with regular workouts and a careful diet.
Massage also helps in targeting certain areas which cannot readily benefit from the exercises, like the upper thighs and the inner knees.
Typically the correct way to massage your skin is to start from the feet and then go up to increase the blood flow through the peripheral veins and capillaries.
5 Different cellulite massages and techniques
Technique #1 – Kneading massage technique – The kneading massage technique involves an alternating squeeze and lift method. At first one uses finger kneading to reach and massage areas like upper arms, inner knees and calves.
Then one uses hand kneading for larger surfaces like the thighs, stomach, hips and buttocks. Think kneading the dough and you will know what it exactly means. It stimulates the blood and brings it close to the surface. This leads to loosening up of the accumulated fats and aids in flushing them out of the system.
Technique #2 – Wringing massage technique – This is yet another effective treatment which uses the wringing motion of the hands, same as we do when we are wringing out water from wet clothes. First one has let the muscles relax and then one needs to grasp portions of the affected flesh hard.
It is better to use both hands and applying pressure once wringing out the flesh for proper effect. It’s very effective for buttocks, hips and thighs, areas that are easily prone to flabbiness due to cellulite formations.
Technique #3 –Knuckle massage technique – We all know a knuckle knock can be quite hard hitting. What we probably didn’t know is that when used correctly the knuckle can help us get rid of cellulite as well. The knuckle massage involves using the fists to pummel the affected areas and slowly crush the cellulite bumps away.
The constant pummeling breaks down the stubborn fat deposits under the skin and help then get dissolve faster. Once they get broken down the metabolic system does its bit and flushes them all out.
Technique #4 – The “S” Massage – Place your thighs and thumb in right angles. Now grasp as much of the cellulite affected areas as possible and twist them in opposite directions forming an “S”.
Use both hands for better effect and to apply more pressure on the folds. Along with the deep pressure use heavy stroking which will release the fat deposits and flush them out of the system.
Technique #5 – The cellulite brush technique – This is yet another popular massage form which uses special brushes to stimulate the circulation of blood in the cellulite affected areas. The brush is made up of firm bristles which maximizes the massage effect.
One should apply some essential oils in the area to be massaged and then dry brush it for sometime. This will promote proper circulation of blood that will help get rid of cellulite and reduce the amount of ugly bumps and dimples that are visible on the skin.
One can get a clearer idea of the same in the YouTube video here
There are some key movements associated with cellulite massage which will ensure the best results from any technique applied. These are stroking and smoothing also called draining movements. These are used at the beginning and end of every massage session.
- Stroking is usually done with the tips of the fingers, slowly and lightly so that it acts as a relaxant and a sedative.
- Smoothing is done with the palm and by using talc in most cases. It follows stroking and slowly goes deeper. Here the muscles of the affected areas molded and smoothed over without grasping them tightly.
Both these movements have a soporific and anesthetic effect on the body which slowly relaxes and allows the massage effects to go deeper into the system.
This is very important for bringing back proper circulation flow and lymphatic functions that will allow the fluids and fats to dissolve and slowly get drained away from the body with the toxins and waste matter.
Now these are mostly methods used by professional masseurs and work wonderfully for most people. However, if you are the kind of prefer home treatments and want to do it yourself then here some easy techniques to try out.
- Apply moisturizer generously to the affected areas
- Start massaging from feet up or the lowest point you can reach and go to towards your heart.
- Use long and sweeping strokes to put moderate pressure on the skin.
- Then use a circular motion to apply pressure.
- In the both the above cases, alternate with finger, knuckles and the palm of your hand for maximum effect.
- Now grasp the affected area of the skin between the thumb and fingers and knead it well in a circular motion like you would do with dough.
- In a similar manner grasp the skin and pinch and slowly pull it away from the body and then in all directions.
- In the end apply broad relaxing stokes to smooth and relax the body.
One can use hands to these or get help in the form of rollers or rolling tools and balls. A 10 minute session every day can bring in fabulous results within a month, especially if paired with diet and exercise.
Check out more methods at this YouTube video here