With gentle rubbing, cellulite massage (or Lypossage) helps to improve circulation in affected areas of the body by helping it to soften and release over time.
Spas are now adding this massage to their regular menu of services and making lots of money.
What is cellulite?
Cellulite is the lumpy substance resembling cottage cheese that is commonly found on the thighs, stomach, and buttocks. It is actually a more clinical name for deposits of fat that push against the connective tissue beneath the skin, which causes the surface of the skin to dimple or pucker.
What are the treatments to get rid of it?
There are a few ways to treat cellulite. Physical activities such as exercise, strict diet and giving up a sedentary lifestyle is a must.
Some herbal supplements such as Guggulu, Eclipta, and Garcinia, are good health supplements for reducing body weight and fat.
Massage therapy can drastically reduce fatty layers. Massage is usually the least expensive treatment and the one that many prefer to try first.
Cellulite massage may either be done with cellulite reduction wraps, followed by massage or with massage cupping, which uses negative pressure suction cups to break up cellulite.
Most massage education classes involve cupping therapy to loosen and encourage cellulite reduction.
How much does it cost?
It is a costly service, averaging $80-$110 per treatment, but relaxing and beneficial to those who can afford it. It is important to find a therapist who knows about how to perform this specialized service.
Specialized massage creams or body wraps which contain ingredients such as Vitamin A, L-Carnitine and sometimes caffeine, may also be effective in breaking it up. This is another reason why massage treatments for cellulite are costly, because the products used are costly.
Five to ten sessions of treatment are often required to address cellulite problems, and you may be required to pay for all of them when you show up for your first session.
Some massage practitioners are now trained to perform cupping massage treatments for cellulite reduction.
What happens at the treatment?
If the therapist uses massage cupping, which increases circulation by moving over the cellulite to help it break up, this also provides a fairly deep massage for the client.
Cupping massage is well known to treat and reduce cellulite. It involves a strong suction to break up the fatty deposits and you are encouraged to drink lots of water afterward. Some clients, especially older women, may not be comfortable with the treatment.
However, the massage is also beneficial when the therapist is trained in specific strokes and techniques, using just their hands to reduce cellulite and flush toxins stored in fat tissue.
Learning this technique is now very easy for massage therapists and people who want to do this at home. This Massage for Cellulite DVD, by Susan Brown, allows you to learn in the comfort of your own home, and immediately start massage for cellulite reduction.
Susan Brown has been practicing massage since 1996, and has provided massage as a cellulite treatment since 2001. She is the owner of A Gift of Touch in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Her video teaches massage techniques and strokes of the treatment to promote dimensional inch loss, smooth out "cottage-cheese" skin, and flush out the toxins stored in fat cells.
Susan shows step-by-step techniques by demonstrating a complete massage session, including instruction on pressure, depth, and direction. She also discusses benefits and contraindications, agreement forms, medical history form, pricing, setting realistic goals and expectations, and measuring and tracking progress.
Learn more about how to reduce cellulite the natural way with exercise and cellulite treatments.
Because cellulite plagues most women, regardless of age or weight, this is a fantastic massage to learn and offer in your practice.
There are several essential oils that are often used in cellulite massage. Peppermint, lavender, and eucalyptus are commonly added to creams to help stimulate fat cells.
With dietary changes, and regular massage, or massage cupping therapy, using these specialized creams and essential oils, you could see some dramatic results.
Always consult with your doctor to make sure you are healthy enough for cellulite massage therapy and planned dietary changes.