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Can Deep Tissue Massage Reduce Cellulite?

Cellulite, for such a benign condition, is the bane of many a woman’s life and she can spend years – and lots of dollars – on trying to reduce it. Caffeine lotions, liposuction, exercise and diet are the main weapons against dimpled thighs and bums, but it seems that while there’s no single magic bullet, it’s a combo of diet, exercise and massage that work best.

Massage, allied with a good diet – as free as possible from alcohol, processed carbs and cigarettes – and a regular exercise regimen, can at least reduce the amount and appearance of cellulite.

What is cellulite, exactly?

Quite simply, cellulite is subcutaneous (under the skin) fat deposits that, as they get larger, push out in between and under the deep, fibrous layers of the skin. This results in the classic “orange peel” look. Cellulite is a mixture of lifestyle, hormones and genetics (and luck) and while we can’t do much about genetics, lifestyle and hormones can be tackled.

How does cellulite massage work?

Cellulite massages put a lot of pressure on affected areas, squeezing, rolling and pinching them to smooth accumulated fat deposits away from the fibrous connective tissues in the skin. This deep massage also works by helping to drain the excess fluid from thighs, abdomen and buttocks that contributes greatly to the spongy appearance of cellulite.

A well-targeted anti-cellulite massage helps because it can reach parts which are notoriously stubborn in the face of even intensive exercise – the upper thighs and arms, as well as the hips and butt.

It can increase blood flow to the affected areas, leading to better drainage and nutrient supply, making exercise and healthy food “work” even harder to remove the bumps.

Can you massage yourself?

In theory you can, but it’s unlikely you’ll be able to reach and apply enough pressure to your arms, buttocks and hips (FYI – a cellulite massage should hurt!), so you’re best-advised to visit a trained practitioner. He or she can show you some techniques to take home to supplement your massage regime, as well as offer advice on targeted exercises and diet.

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