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What is Cellulite Massage?

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Cellulite massage is one type of therapy that is commonly used to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Cellulite is a type of fat that is close to the surface of the skin. The fat cells are pressed against the underlying skin structure, which leads to a distinctive "cottage cheese" appearance. Cellulite is most apparent on the hips, thighs and stomach.

During cellulite massage, the massage therapist manipulates the affected area with his or her hands or a roller. The roller allows for a deeper, more intensive massage experience. Many cellulite massages also include a seaweed wrap, which can help tighten and smooth the appearance of the cellulite.

Another type of cellulite massage uses essential oils, such as peppermint. These oils are purported to have stimulating property, which helps improve the tone and appearance of the affected area. Whether they work or not, essential oils are a nice addition to a massage session.

Many health spas offer cellulite massage as one of the services that they provide. Cellulite massage in these establishments should be conducted by licensed massage therapists. They are familiar with the technique used, and the different types of creams and oils available. A skilled massage therapist will increase the likelihood of satisfactory results.

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For many people, the cost of a trained massage therapist is not in the budget. There are a variety of cellulite creams available at drugstores that can improve the look of cellulite. Combining the cellulite creams with at-home massage can increase the effectiveness of the treatment.

Cellulite creams that contain caffeine are effective at temporarily improving the look of cellulite. The length of time that the treatment lasts varies, but over time many people notice an improvement in the look of their legs and stomach. Other ingredients that can improve the look of cellulite are moisturizing ingredients, such as cocoa butter, as well as shimmering or self tanner ingredients, which reduce the appearance of the distinctive cellulite dimples.

The right cream is only one part of an effective at-home cellulite massage. Application is important as well. Apply the lotion and rub the skin firmly. Some people rub in a circular direction, while others rub firmly up and down the body. The direction that the cream is massaged in is less important than the force. The goal is to stimulate the circulation of blood to the skin, so vigorous and firm pressure is required.

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