Spa Tips to Reduce Cellulite
by Marlene Katz
Tip 1: Bath and ShowerRuins of ancient beauty baths are reminiscent of the now popular healing water therapies found in spas across the world. Using water to renew the body is easy to do at home. Just fill your tub with warm to hot water, add in a cup of Epsom salts and bathe until you work up a sweat. Then jump into the shower for a cool rinse or wash your body down with a washcloth dipped in cool water from the faucet. This is what holistic therapists call “contrast therapy”. The benefit of bathing is the thermal effect, which stimulates production of the anti-stress hormone. A cold rinse after the warm bath stimulates blood flow and the lymphatic system.
Tip 2: ExfoliateUse a towel to exfoliate dead skin cells and invigorate the skin. Take the opposite corners of a bath towel and hold firmly in your hands. Use the middle section of the towel to sweep back and forth on the skin. Work the body on the front and back beginning at the ankles up to the chest. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells and helps to further enhance your circulation.
Tip 3: Reduce Cellulite NaturallyYour skin, the largest organ, is a reflection of how well your inner organs are functioning. Skin flare-ups like rashes, acne, and cellulite are indications of imbalances in the body. When inflammation occurs in our body it is a sign that the inner plumbing system is clogged. The kidneys and liver are the body’s filters. Too much fluid can cause swelling in the connective tissue. Toxins that normally are eliminated by our lymphatic system accumulate when the system slows down. It is not uncommon for women to see a redistribution of fatty cells that show up mainly in the abdomen, hips, and buttock area. While exercise and diet help to tone the skin, the skin needs to be stimulated from the outside to break down fatty deposits as well. You can massage the skin by using a natural bristle brush and lightly brushing dry skin from the ankles up to the abdomen and continuing on the buttocks and back area. It is also good to use a cellulite gel to massage the skin in a similar fashion as if kneading bread.
Tip 4: Working from the Inside Out-Spa RecipesIt is often said you are what you eat and this is absolutely true. Food offers vital nutrients that the body needs. Our choices are to fuel our body with healthy foods or fill it up with toxins. Many delicious fruits and vegetables help to purify and cleanse these vital organs. Cucumbers are great for the kidney area. Chlorophyll rich greens like dandelion and arugula are wonderful for the liver. There are many recipes that not only taste great, but help the body to function more efficiently. Eating foods that nourish the body will reduce inflammation and cellulite.