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ANTI-CELLULITE MASSAGES FOR THE SUMMER

There are numerous and various treatments that can be done before the summer to make you feel prepared to put on your swimsuit. Beauty centres, beauty farms and spas all propose ad hoc treatments for any type of imperfection, and a cycle of 10-12 sessions is recommended, with the frequency based on the size of the problem. In order to prevent cellulite, or when it is in the initial phase, one session a week is recommended, whereas two sessions a week are recommended when the cellulite is stubborn and has been there for some time.

Fire massage to reactivate circulation
This massage is called a fire massage because it makes the skin red and heats it up, generating increased blood flow, and this is why it is such a particular massage: it stimulates periphery blood and lymphatic circulation, improving the conditions of tissues and slowing down aging processes. The massage is based on a wide range of movements that deeply reactivate blood and lymph circulation and they have strong detoxifying, oxygenating and revitalising effects.
There are various techniques that use this method to work deeply on the body: effleurage, friction, petrissage and pressure to stop peripheral circulation from slowing down. Each movement has specific functions but they all work together to ‘squeeze’ tissues, removing stagnant fluids and toxins which have accumulated, and encourage the return of lymph and venous blood to the heart. It also restores proper blood and lymphatic circulation and it can even prevent or relieve all disorders related to circulation deficits, such as water retention, swelling, heavy legs, cellulite in the initial phases and localised fatty deposits. However this is not all because, by rebalancing cell metabolism, this massage also improves tissue tone, compactness and how the skin looks.
During the session, the masseuse works on the whole body, however the majority of the work is done on the legs, hips and buttocks. The session will follow a basic outline consisting of: an initial phase dedicated to breathing, because balancing the patient’s breathing rhythm helps to improve oxygenation of tissues; a massage, which starts from the abdomen and lymph nodes in the groin area and moves towards the front part of the legs, arms, buttocks and then the back of the legs; and a short relaxation phase to conclude the treatment.

Anti-water retention massage
Green tea is rich in antioxidants and is considered to be one of the drinks which can help to cleanse the body thanks to its draining effect. This elixir can be used to perform a very special massage: a shock massage against stagnant lymphatic fluid and cellulite which is suitable for everyone and which takes advantage of the combination action of ad hoc movements and specific natural products. This is a full body massage because, in order to sort out localised imperfections, the functionality of the whole body must be rebalanced, releasing excessive tension and fully stimulating blood and lymph circulation. Circumscribed and targeted treatment is given to critical zones however, from the waist down, by applying a reducing and lipolytic mask. Treatment is effective for all cases of water retention and orange peel-like skin. Other benefits of manual drainage movements, which mobilise fluids and encourage the outflow of them, include various active ingredients which are incorporated through the cosmetics. The essential oils used for this massage contain citrus fruit extracts (antiseptics, antimicrobials, antioxidants and soothing extracts) and eucalyptus (which stimulates microcirculation). For the mask that is applied to the legs, buttocks and abdomen though, the active component is green tea since it has reducing and anti-aging properties.
The session is begun with a preparatory phase dedicated to exfoliation using cane sugar, refined sugar and kiwi seeds. Then the green tea mask is applied to the relative areas and is left on for approximately 20 minutes in order to let it encourage the removal of lymphatic stagnation and stimulate lipolysis, which prepares the tissues for the massage. The massage is then carried out all over the body, but especially on the legs and buttocks using sliding movements, which are borrowed from a classic lymph drainage massage, and deep mobilisation movements to unblock fatty blockages. To finish the treatment, the body is covered with draining oils that have anti-cellulite effects.

Plant extract massage for toning the body
The strong point of this slimming and toning treatment is the combination of a long, specific massage, which involves the whole body, but which especially focuses on the areas where cellulite is present and where there are fatty accumulations, and the application of a plant extract solution that reactivates cell metabolism and encourages the reduction of blemishes. Penetration of the active ingredients, and therefore the effectiveness of treatment, is strengthened by heating up the body with an electric blanket.
The movements involved in this massage are very articulated and diverse and this makes it suitable for cases when the cellulite is in an advanced state and when it is hard and nodular. The beautician will favour intense movements for various purposes, including: friction movements, which will heat the body up, accelerating energy consumption and promoting lipolysis; sliding movements, which are characteristic of lymph drainage massages and which stimulate the flow of intercellular fluid and encourage the removal of toxins; and, lastly, tapotement movements which shake up tissues and reactivate circulation. The manual work is further complemented with the effects of the active plant ingredients which are applied during the treatment. The active ingredients include: caffeine, which has lipolyptic properties, rutin and ruscogenin, which protect capillary walls.
This massage begins with a massage phase that lasts around 1 hour and that relaxes muscles and stimulates all lymphatic stations to receive and drain the flow of fluids accumulated in intercellular spaces. Then the masseuse concentrates on the legs, thighs and buttocks. At the end of the massage, a caffeine, rutin and ruscogenin based solution is applied to the skin from the waist down, or on to the buttocks, thighs or knee area, depending on the patients needs. The body is then wrapped in an electric blanket and the product is left on for 15-20 minutes: the heat encourages penetration of the active ingredients, and, fortunately, this treatment is never excessive nor contraindicated, even if the patient has weak capillaries. The session finishes with skin cleansing and application of a hydrating moisturiser.

Massage with hay
Hay, which is rich in beneficial substances for the health of our skin and for treating imperfections, is the protagonist of this treatment which involves different protocols depending on the type of cellulite to be treated. However, even though there are various protocols, the element that they all have in common is the application of special cushions made of a thin textile, filled with hay and heated with steam, and the anti-cellulite action of hay is combined with movements and massages.
Hay contains medicinal herbs which have numerous properties, for example, gentian, nettle and dandelion (which have depurative and draining properties), horsetail (which is mineralising and elasticising), sage, mauve and hypericum (which have antiseptic and calming properties), yarrow (which is astringent) and arnica (which is a stimulant for microcirculation). These properties are taken advantage of in various ways during a hay massage because the hay is applied to the body in cushions, but also in the form of a mud (mixed with clay) and mixtures containing massage oils. The warm cushions release their active ingredients into the epidermis very easily, encouraging lipolysis, the disposal of excess fluids and cell renewal, and oils enhanced with extracts of hay have similar drainage and restructuring actions, whilst the clay mud and hay mixture dries the tissues very deeply, cleansing them of toxins.
The treatment begins with a brushing of the whole body, which acts as a gentle exfoliation and which stimulates superficial microcirculation. Then the hay cushions and other hay cosmetics are applied, and this phase should be adapted according to the patient’s needs. If the cellulite is compact, hard and fibrous, the critical zones should be massaged (abdomen, buttocks, thighs) with enriched oils and then the hot mud should be applied and the patient should be wrapped in a sheet for 20 minutes. If the cellulite is edematous, soft and the patient has fragile capillaries, cold bandages should be applied to the legs and hay cushions should be placed under the kidneys to encourage dieresis and cleansing of the body. Once the cosmetics have been applied and are left to work, a plantar massage can be carried out, according to the principles of reflexology, in order to rebalance the functions of the kidneys and liver. The final part of the session involves a toning massage carried out on the treated areas.

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