There are many types of massage such as Thai massage, Shiatsu, Swedish massage. All these different types of massage employ different techniques to achieve different desirable results for the body from lymphatic drainage, to alignment to improved blood flow.
Some massage parlors even offer cellulite massage. There are several books on the subject of cellulite massage. So, the big question is… Does it work?
The answer is no. It doesn’t. You are better off going with the normal massages that are available. Swedish and Thai massages are great for stress relief and putting your tired, achy body in a feel good state.
Cellulite is body fat. Fat cannot be removed by massage. Plain and simple.
The theory behind cellulite massage is similar to cellulite brushing. In theory, the massage will result in better stimulation and blood flow in the cellulite prone areas.
Usually, moisturizing lotions, ‘special’ oils and ointments are used in the massage. This gives the illusion that the skin will absorb these lotions and oils and cellulite will be eradicated. Of course, this is not the case.
The cellulite may disappear for an hour or two because the lotions may have made the skin swell up and tighten. This will hide the cellulite for a while but it is very temporary.
Once the ‘swelling’ or effect of the lotion subsides, the cellulite reappears and the woman is disappointed and tells herself that she needs a few more massage sessions to totally solve the problem.
A total waste of money. Cellulite massages usually cost more just to give the illusion that they are more specific and effective. Neither is true since the massages just do not work.
The reason that cellulite looks different from normal fat is the structure of the skin and underlying tissues. Women have connective tissues beneath the skin that are perpendicular to the surface skin. This creates pockets or chambers where fat is stored.
As women age, the skin loses its supple, elastic qualities and starts becoming thinner and harder. The fats beneath the skin become more prominent and this causes the appearance of cellulite.
It has been said that cellulite cannot be ‘cured’. Well, it does not have to be cured because cellulite is not a disease. It is just fat under the skin.
All you need to do is adopt a healthy diet, exercise regularly and use a moisturizing lotion to keep your skin smooth and supple. It also helps if you consume collagen supplements.
Your exercise regime must consist of resistance training. You will need to do squats, lunges, calf raises and if you’re adventurous, you may do deadlifts too. These exercises will strengthen your thighs, hamstrings, butt and legs in general. These are the areas most prone to cellulite.
You must also include cardio training. Stair climbing, running, cycling and skipping are excellent forms of cardio because they focus on your lower body. If you focus on training your lower body, you will be able to mitigate the presence of cellulite.
In the short and long run, this is still the most effective method of treating cellulite. No cellulite massage can help you remove the unsightly cellulite. Only a healthy diet and training can. Save your money, improve your health and love your body.