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LYMPH DRAINAGE A massage for beating cellulite

Approximately 50% of women suffer from cellulite which appears in the form of bumps and stretch marks on the skin’s surface. These alterations are the result of poor metabolic functioning which causes bloating. Cellulite is basically a type of physical deterioration that develops over the years; doctors call it lipoedema and it can usually be found on the legs and buttocks of females.
This accumulation of fats compresses the lymphatic vessels, therefore they are not able to transport lymph and the capillaries become fragile.
Since metabolism disorders can be caused by a sedentary lifestyle and poor food habits, it is best to work on these factors when trying to get rid of cellulite, which is not a pathological phenomenon, rather cellulite is an aesthetic problem, as long as it is not underestimated and left untreated.
Advanced states of cellulite can cause problems with the circulatory system, but the way to avoid this from happening is to do sport and follow a healthy and balanced diet. Sport reactivates circulation and stimulates the metabolism, whilst a healthy diet reduces fat deposits and improves water exchange. Together with these two factors, a lymph drainage massage is also recommended.

Lymph drainage massage

Drainage plays an important role in treating cellulite because it moves fluid, which is normally found in the skin and between the skin and muscles, from areas where it has accumulated towards ‘exits’ through the lymphatic vessels. The aim of drainage is to help remove interstitial fluid and lymph, but also relax muscle fibres.
The movements carried out in lymph drainage are delicate, slow and are repeated many times. No oils, creams or beauty products need to be used since the hands need to be in complete contact with the skin to manipulate and push the skin and fluid that has accumulated beneath it in the best way possible. The pressure should be lighter than a normal massage and this helps the drainage of lymph without increasing the filtration of liquids to tissues in blood capillaries. The movements must be long and slow and alternated with relaxation phases.
A lymph drainage massage must be considered a complementary technique however, and it should follow a full body massage or physical activity.
The patient should be sitting back during this massage and, after having circled a part of the thighs with both hands, the skin should be lightly pushed upwards, and this should be repeated many times and alternated with relaxation phases. In order to avoid the skin from getting too red, do not use friction techniques.
A lymph drainage massage contributes to relieving pain in the treated areas and relaxing tensed muscles, as well as combating cellulite.

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