Massage is fantastic for reducing cellulite – done correctly and combined with a healthy diet and exercise – will help us not only reduce cellulite but improve the look and health of our skin generally.

This form of massage to reduce cellulite is done with the combination of skin rubbing, kneading and pinching. We are aiming to achieve lymphatic drainage, and increase circulation.

We must be careful and not be too rough other wise we will damage the skin and cause bruising. (Think of kneading dough!) Always use a massage oil, or my favorite way is to do it while taking a shower. Visualise smoothing and ironing out the skin.

We are reducing the excess fluid that builds up and contributes to cellulite. Fluid retention is a result of poor lymphatic circulation. Most spas and therapy center's offer anti cellulite massage and it can be a fantastic treat, but rather expensive, so save that just before your holiday. Once you get used to doing it yourself and into the habit, you will be pleased with the result.

There are many prepared massage products on the market, most are very good, but they do not have to cost a fortune. The ingredients in these preparations activate fat cells and help the process of breaking up the cellulite. They may contain herbs and natural products such as seaweed, which is proven to be effective in the battle against cellulite.

My recommendation would be an essential oil mix. A good aroma therapist will make an oil up for you with specific oils to suit you personally. Maybe have a treatment, that will give you an idea of ​​the methods and the pressure that is needed. If you do not know an aroma therapist, check the list of qualified therapists in your area.

Do the massage after exercise for maximum benefit.

How To Do The Massage.

1 – First apply the massage oil to the area that you want to treat. I prefer to do this in the shower.

2. Start at the lowest part of the body and then work your way upwards.

3 – You can perform a kneading motion. This is done the same way as if you were kneading dough. You hold the skin with your thumb and fingers and move them in a circular motion. Pressure needs to be quite firm but not to hurt.

4 – Next using the palm of your hands, use circular movements clockwise and upwards varying the pressure.

5 – The pinching and plucking – this is best done when you have washed off after your shower, you wont be able to do it effectively with oiled or wet skin. Not too much pressure here, you are just stimulating the skin – take the skin between the thumb and fingers pinch and pluck as if pulling away from the body, repeat all over the area.

6 – Lastly, massage with some nice body lotion. Check in the mirror, the areas you have appreciated should be a little red, this is good, you have brought good circulation to the area.

Drink lots of water to help the lymphatic system to do it's job.