Numerous articles have been written on cellulite and whether it is possible to reduce its visibility. The most popular suggestions in the modern age have been to treat cellulite through surgery, creams and aesthetic treatments such as endermology. However, myofascial release techniques have been around since the 60's and is proven to be the most effective and non-invasive approach to melting the appearance of uneven skin.
What is Cellulite?
Cellulite is made up adipose tissue (fat) and congested fascia. Fascia is connective tissue; this tissue runs throughout the entire body and is primarily made up of collagen and elastin fibers. Often, these fibers can get congested and circulation is hindered in these areas, which cause the appearance of dimples and bumps on the surface.
Fascia gets congested often due to poor lifestyle choices such as a bad diet, lack of exercise, too much exercise, stress and hormonal imbalances. It is obvious why a poor diet, lack of exercise and stress can cause hormonal problems and thus affecting the appearance of the skin... but how does too much exercise cause cellulite? I explain this in Chapter 3 of my new e-book Connect: A Practical Guide to Fascia.
Exercise and weight training cause micro-tears in our muscle tissue, this breaks down muscle tissue and builds it back up again. However, excess training often amounts to repetitive movements which can lead to injury. If you continue to train with pain or less mobility, blood and lymph will not circulate properly.
In the chapter mentioned above, you will discover that a tight area will cause a thickened sheet of fascia to form in order to protect the area. So, no matter how hard you try to further your weight loss or muscle gains, you will only build up more metabolic waste, which can lead to fatigue and can create the reverse desired effects on the body.
How to Eliminate Cellulite with Massage Therapy
The key to reducing the visibility of cellulite is to flush out the metabolic waste that is stuck in the stubborn area. Massage Therapists can use many techniques such as Fascia Therapy or Myofascial Release Techniques, Swedish Massage, Sports Massage, Lomi-Lomi, Californian and Lymphatic Drainage. Massages help loosen and lengthen constricted fascia. There are adhesions, water retention and puffiness in areas of congested fascia and massage therapists can effectively drain these areas. Massage can soften and re-align tissues, creating space for muscles and joints to move freely, allowing for more flexibility.
To reduce the appearance of cellulite, massages should be scheduled at least 1 - 2 times a week for a minimum of 6 sessions. So, if you choose a plan with your massage therapist for once a week, you may see significant results in 6 weeks, but if you go 2 times a week you may see a difference within just 3 weeks! If this approach is for you, please read more on my Services page.
How to Eliminate Cellulite with Massage Guns
Massage guns offer the same benefits as traditional massage by softening and re-aligning tissues, but on a much more intense and vigorous level. So how do massage guns work?
Massage guns are battery operated, rechargeable devices that send vibration pulses through the many layers of connective tissue. This percussive therapy eases muscle tension, improves blood and lymph circulation and reduces the appearance of uneven skin, fast!
Massage guns can also support your warmup before exercise, enhance sports performance, reduce the risk of injury and then reduce your recovery time after your workout. Owning a massage gun means you can get massaged daily! Not everyone can get a massage twice a week if they don't have the insurance coverage or the time, which is why you may want to consider buying a massage gun.
If this approach is for you, then I have listed below the best massage guns available. I have chosen the best rated massage guns and they are ranked from the lowest price to the highest so you can get the most bang for your buck!
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#1. By Flyby: 4.5 stars, 3 speeds, super lightweight, low noise, long battery life and comes with 6 attachments.
#2. By Abox: 4.5 stars, 20 speeds, high power, low noise, high quality grip and comes with 4 attachments and portable case.
#3. By Wattne: 5 stars, 20 speeds, high torque, low noise, long battery life, lightweight, comes with 6 attachments and portable case.
My choice would be #3 as it has all the accessories, the best features and the best ratings. So, whether you decide to work your fascia with anti-cellulite massages or to purchase a massage gun, please leave me your comments below and message me about your success story!