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Massage – the secret weapon
to banish cellulite

Cellulite affects women of all shapes and sizes. Beat that orange peel for good with massage – take care of your body the relaxing way! Get rid of cellulite once and for all by following these tips from physiotherapist Gil Amsallem, author of a book on self-massage.

Choose the right strategy

The first thing is to work out what type of cellulite you’re dealing with: adipose cellulite is caused by a build-up of fat, whereas fibrous cellulite is caused by a hardening of collagen fibres and aqueous cellulite is caused by water retention due to poor blood and lymphatic circulation. There are a wide variety of effective massage techniques available to combat all types of cellulite. These improve your skin’s condition by shrinking your fat cells, removing trapped liquid and generally toning your skin and muscle tissue.

Get working on that cellulite – just 10 minutes of self-massage twice a day, 5 days a week, topped off with the application of a slimming product, and the results will speak for themselves.

A full toolbox of techniques

Let’s start with a simple one: place both hands at your feet and gently pull them up along your legs towards your hips. Repeat this movement 20 times on the front, back and sides of each leg to literally redesign your figure!

Now that you’ve got your circulation going, flush out those excess cells with simple pressing movements on your body’s hollows such as your soles, the hollow of your knees, your groin, your collarbone, your underarms, your throat, etc. You really need to move up the whole length of your body if you want to clear your lymph nodes. Press down gently with regular, repetitive movements, 3 to 5 times for each area.

Next comes a similar exercise to the first one – pull your fingers up over your skin like a rake, always working from bottom to top, with your 5 fingers spread out. Carry out this exercise over your whole body to stimulate microcirculation.

To finish off, try this “kneading” technique to improve the quality of your skin and keep it healthy. Pinch a fold of skin between the thumb and forefinger of each hand, and push it along lengthways and sideways with your thumbs, using your other fingers to help. This technique works particularly well on “saddlebags” and inner thighs, around the waist and stomach and also on the underarms. It visibly tones your skin, and what’s more, the endorphins it generates create a calming effect that relieves stress and pain.

Some final cellulite-busting tips

On holiday, give yourself a mini aqua fitness session in the sea or swimming pool by making kicking and circular movements with your legs, and walk in shallow water or barefoot on the beach to stimulate your circulation. Breathe in plenty of fresh air and take the time to eat and sleep well. And try an ice-cube massage – finish your self-massage session with an ice cube in each hand. The cold will boost your circulation and work as an analgesic and anti-inflammatory. Optimise the application of your slimming product with these simple, effective massage techniques! Click here for videos of all the massage techniques.

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