What anti-cellulite massage can do for you

As summer is getting close, are also the skirts and short and as many of us the idea of wearing them is not so nice due to the annoying cellulite. But is cellulite an aesthetic matter or can it be dangerous for our health? These and more questions will be answered in this blog.

What is cellulite?

Cellulite is the uneven (dimply), lumpy skin you can notice in some parts of your body. This type of cellulite is not dangerous, but many people concern about the appearance of their skin. The most common areas where cellulite can be seen are:  

  • hips,
  • thighs,
  • buttocks, 
  • belly,
  • arms,
  • and breast.

In 2009, cellulite was divided in 3 grades according to their characteristics (appearance of the skin). These are the 3 of them:

First grade or mild: the orange peel is not yet observed.

Second grade or moderate: orange peel appears when the skin is compressed.

Third grade or severe: orange peel appears when standing up and is permanent.

How is cellulite formed?

  • cellulite is formed when adipocytes increase in number or volume. Adipocytes are fat cells that, by increasing their size, can also cause compression of the capillaries. 
  • there is an alteration in lipogenesis. In other words, the body accumulates more fat  than it uses (lipolysis). 
  • there is water retention, it produces swelling due to lack of drainage. As a result, you will notice that orange peel skin.

What causes cellulite?

  • Genetics: Family history of obesity and cellulite.
  • Lack of exercise or sedentary lifestyle.
  • Inadequate diet: excess calories, fat, sodium and processed food.
  • Stress.
  • High alcohol intake.
  • Smoking.
  • Wearing inappropriate clothing such as tight clothing or pretty high heels.
  • Spending long periods of time on your feet.
  • Hormonal factors: High levels of estrogens leading to edema. These changes usually occur with processes such as puberty, pregnancy, menopause, premenstrual period or consumption of contraceptive pills. Therefore, they trigger or worsen cellulite if it already exists.
  • Circulatory disorders.
  • Accumulated toxins.
  • Weight gain.

Can massage get rid of cellulite?

Massage helps you to improve the appearance of your skin, but it is not a cure. In order to maintain these improvements you need to be constant and repeat treatment according to what will be suggested by your therapist.

What is an anti-cellulite massage?

It is a combination of different techniques for example lymphatic drainage (to get rid of toxins); deep tissue massage ( to break and drain adipose tissues); and sculpting techniques (to give your body a better shape). 

What does anti-cellulite massage do?

Anti-cellulite massage helps by:

  • draining excess body fluid
  • redistributing fat cells
  • improving circulation
  • plumping up skin

What can I do to avoid cellulite at home?

There are some tips that you can do to prevent cellulite, but remember that your body is different from others; However,  what works on other people may not work on you, but try these and be persistent, that is the key!

  1. Limit caffeine intake.
  2. Avoid states of stress. Nerves, anxiety and constant tension can worsen or trigger a cellulite process.
  3. Don´t smoke. It generates dysfunction in your circulation and prevents the absorption of vitamins.
  4. Have a healthy diet. Avoid the consumption of refined foods that generate a greater amount of waste products or toxic substances, as well as the accumulation of fats.
  5. Reduce or avoid the consumption of alcoholic beverages because they generate toxic substances in the body, affecting the normal functioning of the liver and kidneys.
  6. Increase the consumption of fibers. It helps regulate intestinal transit.
  7. Increase water consumption. It helps to maintain a constant active circulation, oxygenating the blood and facilitating the disposal of toxic substances.
  8. Exercise. It stimulates circulation – both of the cardiovascular system and of the lymphatic system
  9. Avoid tight clothing and high heels.
  10. Incorporate into your routine 1 or 2 weekly sessions of  lymphatic drainage. It drains toxins out of your body and improves circulation.

We hope this information is useful for you. If you need advice or have any questions about our treatments, please contact us. You can find us in Mill Hill Broadway and Islington.  If you like this blog, please share it!


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