Friday, June 6, 2008

Cellulite Massage: How Effective Is It?

As this blog progresses, I'm finding a need to cover other techniques to help remove cellulite, which leads me to one of my new findings, the cellulite massage. (Please note that when I say "new findings", I'm mainly referring to the finding being new for me, even if it's been around for a long time.) There are truly a plethora of different techniques, methodologies, and products all designed in some manner or another to aid in the process of getting rid of cellulite, with varying levels of success. So far, in all of my research, I cannot honestly say that I have found one clinically proven technique, methodology, or product that completely eliminates cellulite, as in not leaving any trace whatsoever; what I have discovered is that most of the different cellulite reduction methods fall more in the category of "damage control" than anything else. In other words, they provide a certain degree of cosmetic benefit, but attacking cellulite at the root (and eliminating it completely) is much more difficult to accomplish. This is not to say that there is no product or procedure out there that can fully kick cellulite's butt (no pun intended), I'm just saying that I haven't found it yet.

But before I fully drift off onto a tangent (which is VERY easy for me to do), I want to get back to the focus of this post, the cellulite massage. Cellulite massage techniques are commonly practiced, and do not require the same level of medical proficiency as the other more complex treatments and procedures. Any person certified in massage therapy can perform this procedure, and it is non-invasive (no surgery required), so that automatically makes it more appealing to the "scalpel-averse".

The Cellulite Massage Procedure

The average massage session lasts approximately an hour. Clients are asked to remove only as much clothing as is personally comfortable to them, and then they are asked to lay on a padded table. During the actual treatment, only the parts of the body that are being worked on need to be exposed; towels are provided to cover everything else.

The Purpose of the Cellulite Massage

As I have explained in my previous post on cellulite reduction, lymphatic drainage (or the lack thereof) plays a major part in the development of cellulite. Low levels or inadequate levels of lymphatic drainage causes the body's cells to retain waste, which also increases the pressure placed on the fat cells, causing damage to the surrounding collagen fibers and creating the "orange peel skin" look of cellulite. All of this is aggravated, and the potential for it increased, by poor circulation. This is where the cellulite massage comes into play. The masseur/masseuse applies a "kneading" action that is reported to stimulate an increase in circulation; this is considered to be one of the prime purposes (and benefits) of the massage. Also listed as viable side benefits of the cellulite massage are reduced muscle tension and a general increased feeling of relaxation.

How Effective is the Cellulite Massage?

Nobody can accurately quantify the full effectiveness of the cellulite massage, simply due to the fact that the techniques applied by massage therapists can greatly vary. There is simply not enough stable "controls" to draw a definite conclusion. At any rate, the cellulite massage is yet another potential tool in your arsenal of weaponry against cellulite.

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