This hands-on treatment uses stroking, kneading and rhythmic motions to loosen fatty tissues and smooth out the skin’s surface. By releasing the areas where cellulite most commonly appears, the body’s natural healing process is engaged. This can boost blood circulation and collagen production.
Who would benefit from anti-cellulite massage?
Anyone can develop cellulite, regardless of age, body weight, physical exercise or build.
People who may choose to select this treatment:
Have visible cellulite in problem areas such as; hips, legs, buttocks arms and abs.
May have tried other types of anti-cellulite treatment in the past.
Effective for both men and women.
Work at a desk for most of the day, or live a sedentary lifestyle with low levels of physical activity.
Eat a diet high in fat and sugar, or don’t drink enough water.
Have rapidly lost or gained weight recently.
People who should not choose an anti-cellulite massage:
Have no visible cellulite. Try a deep tissue massage instead.
Cannot manage some physical discomfort. An Urban Classic massage is a relaxing alternative.
Are at risk of, or currently have any general contraindications, such as; tumours, blood diseases, heart problems or are pregnant.
Anti-cellulite massage potential benefits
Breaks down fatty tissue
Loosen irregular adhesion between muscle and skin
Increase blood flow, which re-oxygenates soft tissue
Improve skin performance
It’s important to note that these benefits can sometimes only be achieved after a few sessions. Cellulite is near-impossible to eliminate completely, but regular targeted massage may contribute to a reduction in visible cellulite as part of a wider lifestyle change.
During your anti-cellulite treatment
An anti-cellulite massage is a stimulating and refreshing experience, with some moments of intensity. Your therapist will discuss your concerns before starting, and will tailor their technique accordingly.
Anti-cellulite massage techniques
An anti-cellulite massage focuses on releasing and smoothing problem areas. Before your treatment begins, you will be invited to lie on the massage table, covered by a towel. Your therapist will use oil to apply fast paced, firm movements onto the skin, including the brush technique, knuckle technique and grid manoeuvre. This massage is very vigorous, but you should still come away feeling rejuvenated!
After your anti-cellulite massage
Massages may alleviate the visible symptoms of cellulite, but are a short-term solution for dealing with the underlying problem. Long term results can be achieved by supporting massage treatments with healthy lifestyle, including a diet rich in vitamins and minerals, regular exercise and plenty of water.
What is the difference between an anti-cellulite and a Swedish massage?
A traditional Swedish massage is gentler than an anti-cellulite massage, so is more focused on initiating a relaxation response in your body. That’s not to say that you won’t feel relaxed after an anti-cellulite treatment, but the petrissage techniques are applied with more pressure and intensity, with the primary goal of smoothing your skin.
Does an anti-cellulite massage hurt?
Areas of the body where cellulite has formed can sometimes feel extra sensitive, and the firm pressure and fast-pace techniques of this treatment may be slightly uncomfortable at times. If it ever becomes too much, talk to your therapist. They’ll do whatever they can to make sure you’re feeling comfortable.
What type of therapists specialise in anti-cellulite massage?
Therapists who have trained in beauty therapy, aesthetic massage or have a background in classic or deep tissue massage can undertake a separate course to specialise in targeting problem areas. However, a therapist may or may not have expertise in any other type of massage therapy, and may specialise only in this kind of treatment.
This page describes the most common techniques for a specific type of massage. Your therapist will tailor your treatment to your individual needs based on their expert knowledge and experience.