Anti-cellulite massage: myths and reality
Today, beauty salons offer a service such as anti-cellulite massage, and it is quite popular. Many women, especially before the summer holidays, want to remove the ugly orange peel from the hips, buttocks, and abdomen. But how effective is this procedure? Does massage help get rid of cellulite?
To answer this question, you need to understand what cellulite is.
What is cellulite?
Cellulite in life is called the changes that occur in the subcutaneous fat. Fat accumulates in fat cells, and jumpers between the segments of adipose tissue grow, squeezing them. As a result, these lobules protrude, due to which ugly tubercles – an orange peel – form on the skin.
Along with this, due to a disturbance in the flow of lymph and blood, fluid accumulates in the intercellular space and edema occurs. In severe cases, nerves can be compressed, which causes pain.
Cellulite, or, scientifically, gynoid lipodystrophy, is not a disease and is considered as a cosmetic defect.
Cellulite is a female problem. In men, it is rarely observed. This is due, firstly, due to the fact that estrogen – female sex hormones – causes it. The difference in the structure of subcutaneous fatty tissue of men and women also plays a role: in the latter, the fatty layer is thicker, and the skin is thinner and more prone to stretching.
What causes cellulite? There are many reasons for this phenomenon:
violation of blood and lymph circulation;
violation of water-salt metabolism;
sharp fluctuations in body weight, etc.
With cellulite, fat is not distributed evenly, but accumulates in problem areas, so cellulite can be present in slim women, but in full women, the risk of its appearance is higher.
Anti-cellulite massage – what is it?
Anti-cellulite massage can be manual or hardware. The technique of anti-cellulite massage is many. Various massage techniques are used: rubbing, stroking, kneading, etc.
With this procedure, they act on the middle layer of the so-called white fat. The main goal is the stimulation of cell metabolism.
What is the effect of anti-cellulite massage?
Enhances lymph and blood flow.
Helps remove toxins from cells.
Activates the sebaceous and hormonal glands.
Stimulates the withdrawal of fluid from the body.
All this contributes to improving the structure of the skin, eliminating edema, better nutrition of cells, accelerating their renewal, and preventing stagnation in cells.
If you do the massage incorrectly, you can hurt yourself
But you must understand that, despite its effectiveness, anti-cellulite massage is not a miracle cure and is not able to save you from an orange peel in a few sessions.
It is undoubtedly useful and effective, but only in combination with other measures and means.
Is it possible to do anti-cellulite massage on my own?
One of the myths about massage is to make it easy, so you can do it yourself. However, massage is a powerful remedy, and if it is done incorrectly, you can harm yourself. The masseur must know the anatomy and physiology and understand why he performs certain techniques and how they will affect the patient.
Therefore, it is best to turn to a professional for help, or at least get in-person consultation with him and learn simple techniques. Studying on the Internet is undesirable – you can get the opposite result.
Anti-cellulite massage: myths and reality
Regarding anti-cellulite massage, there are many misconceptions. Here are the most common ones.
Massage breaks fat. No, it is impossible to break or crush fat. Capillaries can be crushed, and then bruises will remain on the body in addition to cellulite. The effect of anti-cellulite massage is to normalize metabolic processes. This is what has a beneficial effect on the skin.
Massage should be painful, and bruises remain after it. This myth is connected with the previous one. After all, to break down fat, it is necessary very hard, to bruises, and it hurts to press on the body. In fact, the massage should be painless. And the appearance of bruises means that the blood vessels are damaged, that is, the blood and lymph flow will be even more disturbed.
Anti-cellulite massage promotes weight loss. This is not true. Massage – effect on the skin, it does not remove fat. And in order to lose weight, you need to reconsider nutrition and lifestyle.
Cleansing the body has a beneficial effect on getting rid of cellulite
During the massage course, you should drink less. Probably, this error is due to the desire to get rid of extra pounds. In fact, you can and should drink as much as you always do. Reducing the amount of fluid, you actually lose a little weight, but only at the expense of water – fat from this will not go anywhere.
How to get rid of cellulite
It is clear that only massage cannot be a panacea for the orange peel. An integrated approach is needed here, including:
intake of vitamins, antioxidants and other biologically active substances;
hardware lymphatic drainage;