The term lymphatic drainage massage has become more common due to many celebrities touting its benefits—especially for sculpting and toning the body. So, it shouldn’t surprise you that your clients at your beauty location will inquire about whether or not lymphatic drainage can address cellulite.

What Is Cellulite?

Cellulite is a harmless condition that typically is found on areas of the body like the hips, thighs, abdomen, buttocks, and breasts. It happens when the skin is pulled downward into deeper tissue by connective tissue bands giving way to an uneven-looking appearance.

Cellulite is much more common in women than men with 80-90% of women being affected by the condition in varying degrees. With a prevalence this high, it is important to understand what cellulite is and what treatment options are available since you will inevitably be asked by your female clients (and perhaps some men) on how to lessen the appearance of it. Furthermore, understanding the ins and out of cellulite will help you better determine which technologies and services you may want to offer at your beauty location to assist your clients with this aesthetic concern.

One thing to note is that all body types can get cellulite, even thin people. How noticeable the cellulite is will further be affected by genetics, the amount of body fat a person has, and their age. Skin thickness also plays a role in the appearance of cellulite.

What Is The Lymphatic System & How Does It Play A Role In Cellulite?

The lymphatic system is a complex network of tissues and organs that help rid the body of toxins, waste, and other unwanted materials. It’s considered to be the body’s second vascular system and is vital for the surveillance of the immune system, regulating tissue pressure, and absorbing dietary fats in the intestines. Some symptoms that may indicate that the lymphatic system is overloaded include fatigue, water retention, stubborn weight gain, and cellulite. Stress and digestive imbalance are the two biggest culprits that can lead to the lymphatic system not functioning optimally.

What Is Lymphatic Drainage Massage?

Lymphatic drainage massage is a type of gentle massage that can be done by hand, rollers, and even mechanized devices. Unlike other forms of massage that offer relief deeper in the muscles, lymphatic drainage massage helps to move lymphatic fluid so that the body can more efficiently remove waste and other toxins that may be congesting the lymphatic system and contributing to cellulite. This specialized form of massage is also thought to provide additional benefits including stimulating blood flow and tissue regeneration, overall relaxation of the body and mind, and improving the immune system functioning by assisting the body in removing various toxins from the body naturally.

Can Lymphatic Drainage Massage Help Minimize The Appearance Of Cellulite?

While you may not be able to get rid of your client’s cellulite completely, you can certainly help lessen the appearance of it with lymphatic drainage massage. When the lymphatic system is working optimally it will naturally flush toxins from the body. When the lymphatic system is congested or overloaded, its ability to do so will be lessened. Since cellulite can be a sign of a sluggish or overburdened lymphatic system, lymphatic drainage massage provides a gentle non-invasive treatment option for your clients who want to minimize the appearance of this prevalent aesthetic concern.
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