A high percentage of women suffer from cellulite. Those dimples in legs, thighs, buttocks, abdomen and arms can make us very self conscious and can change the way we feel about our bodies. Why do we have cellulite? What can we do to improve the way our skin looks?
There is different mechanisms that can lead to the appearance of cellulite:
1/ we all know everyone can suffer from this problem, no matter the size!! Also slim women have it. But it is true that losing fat tissue can help the problem as cellulite is usually characterized by enlarged fat cells under the superficial skin as well as thin muscle fibres underneath.
2/ accumulation of toxins and water retention can create puffiness in the underlying structures of the superficial skin, leading to more obvious dimples and tightness in the tissues. This problem is worsened if there is a poor blood circulation.
3/ hardening of the connective tissue. This is the layer of tissue that lies under the superficial skin, connecting it to the deeper layer of tissue. When this is elastic the skin maintains a smooth appearance, but when the fibres are tight, they pull the superficial skin down, creating what looks like sacs of tissue.
So, can massage help at all?? It does!!
Massage increases the blood flow, improving the blood supply to the area you work on, and this helps flush off the toxins.
Massage also improves the lymphatic drainage, helping drain excessive water from the affected area.
Obviously massage affects directly the connective tissue and superficial fascia, making the tissues more flexible and elastic, bringing about changes on the skin, which looks smoother and with less deep simples.
Moreover, if you engage with the aftercare, you can increase the size of those weak muscles lying under the skin, creating a healthy ground structure. Obviously, if you are also interested in losing weight or volume, you would need to engage with healthier habits, which can lead to smaller fat cells and less enlarged fat dimples.
None of these effects last long term though. You can help maintaining them using a foam roller, brushing or cupping to release the fascia as part of your home care. Staying active and avoiding long hours sitting will also prevent blood flow restrictions
Don't give up!
Massage has so many benefits!!!
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