Using Massage Therapy to Reduce Cellulite

Cellulase Works, But A Clean Diet, Skin Brushing, and Exercise Can Help

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When gearing up for summer vacation, fears of exposing cellulite can put a damper on your beachwear packing list. However, there are many options for getting rid of cellulite, including booking appointments for cellulite reduction massages while you're traveling.

Cellulite is a concentrated collection of fat cells that have bulged into the skin's middle layer, where they pull on connective tissue to create an unattractive, dimpled skin surface.

Until recently, the conventional medical wisdom was that nothing could be done to get rid of cellulite.

That has changed with a new laser treatment called Cellulase, which can get rid of cellulite surgically. The results are impressive, but the procedure is expensive—typically $5,000 to $7,000, according to Cynosure, the company that makes the machine.

If you want to get rid of the dreaded cellulite—also known as "cottage cheese thighs"—you're not alone. Nearly 90 percent of women have cellulite according to Howard Murad, M.D., the author of "The Cellulite Solution: A Doctor's Program for Losing Lumps, Bumps, Dimples, and Stretch Marks." Fortunately, there are a number of ways to reduce cellulite short of expensive medical procedures, including using massage therapy.

Reducing Cellulite With Massage Therapy

If you don't want the expense, invasiveness, or inconvenience of Cellulase, there are things you can do to get rid of cellulite yourself, according to Dr. Murad, a board-certified dermatologist and associate clinical professor of dermatology at the University of California.

Cellulite progresses through four stages and the sooner you begin to treat your cellulite, the more success you will have.

To get rid of cellulite, Dr. Murad says you need to strengthen and hydrate your body's cells and the connective tissue in your body, which can be achieved through massage therapy as well as changing your diet, exercise regime, and water intake.

Additionally, manual lymph drainage massage is considered to be a beneficial treatment for cellulite.

A cellulite massage works to reduce cellulite by rolling and suctioning different parts of the body to restore circulation and the flow of nutrients to problem areas. While regular treatment cannot completely rid the body of cellulite, especially as it gets more advanced, it can help prevent further deterioration of the tissues and reduce both pain and swelling.

Even when traveling, you can do part of the massage work yourself by brushing your skin daily, preferably before bathing, to stimulate blood and lymph flow, remove dead skin cells, and encourage new cell growth. You should also bathe in a comfortable, warm seaweed bath to re-mineralize and increase circulation, ideally three times a week. After you've finished bathing, you could additionally apply essential oil to problem areas to stimulate the circulatory and lymphatic systems.

While these professional and personal massage techniques and routines alone will not make your cellulite disappear altogether, it should diminish if you make important lifestyle changes as well—especially when you're on the road.

Lifestyle Changes That Help Get Rid of Cellulite

When traveling, diet and water intake can be a challenge, so it's especially important to remember to drink a lot of water to hydrate your body and flush out any toxins.

Eight to 10 glasses a day are recommended, but you should pack a hefty water bottle if you plan to do strenuous activities like hiking or backpacking.

Additionally, you should avoid toxins like excessive alcohol and cigarettes, which put a burden on your body's lymphatic system. This is one of the most important things you can do for your overall health, and it helps get rid of cellulite.

You should improve your eating habits to include more organic foods (which contain fewer toxins) and avoid junk foods, sodas, processed foods, artificial colors and flavors, and saturated fats like butter as well as sugar and salt, which aggravate fluid retention. A trip to a detox spa or a health spa can help you make some of these changes.

Another way to reduce cellulite without medical treatment is to take Glucosamine supplements, which helps your body repair the dermis and connective tissue, an effective cellulite treatment.