14 January 2022

Lymphatic drainage or palpate-roll: Which anti-cellulite treatment should I choose?

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Are you bothered by orange peel skin or cellulite? The good news is that there are solutions to help you reduce them!

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Let’s take a look at the popular massage techniques: lymphatic drainage and manual palpate-roll, discuss their benefits, and help you decide which is best to fit your needs.

The palpate-roll, your ally to reduce cellulite

The palpate-roll method is one of the most formidable ways to reduce cellulite or limit its appearance. It involves pinching the skin between your thumb and forefinger and rolling it up and down.

It can be done alone, at home, by practicing self-massage and using the right technique. There are also suction cups specially designed to reduce cellulite.

Otherwise, a beautician or masseuse can offer you this treatment ensuring use of the right gestures. Palpate rolling in a salon or at home with a real professional has the advantage of being complete: the session alternates between kneading the skin, using both circular movements and deeper movements.

During the massage, we practice the palpate-rolling on all the zones where there is a resistant fatty deposit:

  • hips
  • thighs and legs
  • buttocks
  • arm
  • stomach

The purpose of palpating and rolling is to stimulate the blood circulation to provide all the necessary nutrients to the cells where the fat is engorged. Thus, after the treatment, the skin is more supple and toned.

If bruises appear after a session, this is not normal! The goal of this treatment is to palpate the skin… not hurt it! It is very important to succeed in mastering the gesture so as not to create tears on your skin.


Lymphatic drainage to prevent circulatory disorders

Lymphatic drainage is a massage technique aimed at stimulating the lymph. Does this word mean anything to you? The lymph is the fluid found in the body, which consists of white blood cells that help rid the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials.

The lymphatic system, although linked to the blood system, sometimes needs a boost to move easily throughout the body. Its circulation is possible when the muscles are in motion. So if you are one of those fairly sedentary people or if you suffer from water retention, your lymphatic system may be slowing down a bit. The lymph is then stored in the lower limbs.

Fortunately, lymphatic drainage is great for stimulating lymph and draining excess fluids from your body!

It is a gentle, long massage that emphasizes different pressure points to boost lymphatic circulation. Several sessions may be necessary to get results. But you may notice an interesting slimming effect on areas prone to cellulite with water retention.

Do not hesitate to seek advice from your doctor before performing this treatment. It may be contraindicated in certain cases: hyperthyroidism, arterial hypotension, certain cardiac disorders, etc.

Where can I do lymphatic drainage?

Unlike the palpate and roll, this massage is difficult to do on your own. You can enjoy it in a therapeutic setting with a physiotherapist or with well-being practitioners in an institute or opt for an anti-cellulite massage at home.


Lymphatic drainage or palpate rolling: can the two techniques be combined?

Yes, lymphatic drainage like palpating and rolling is effective against cellulite!

First of all, the palpate-roll allows you to “erase” the excess fat by putting the fat back into circulation. Drainage solves excess water. In fact, very often cellulite is often mixed: resulting from both water retention problems and fat.

To combine the two methods, keep in mind that lymphatic drainage or palpate-rolling are complementary techniques. You can therefore alternate the two massages during your week. After 8 to 15 sessions correctly performed, the results will be there.

Note that it is also important to combine these massages with physical sports. To stimulate the lymph, nothing better than sport!

How often should you practice palpating and rolling and lymphatic drainage?

You will understand, these two anti-cellulite techniques are proven and can easily be combined on a daily basis!

In the case of palpate-roll, for a lasting result, you will be able to see results after ten sessions, at the rate of two sessions of at least 30 minutes per week.

On the drainage side, the ideal is to do a cure with about ten regular treatments: between 6 to 10 sessions of 1 hour.

Ultimately, you will understand, palpating and rolling or lymphatic drainage are very good tools at your disposal to help you erase cellulite. While palpating and rolling can be done at home, armed with a good cream and a suction cup, drainage should be done by a professional.

The most important thing is to do the right things for visible results after ten sessions. Finally, don’t hesitate to get active: sport remains the most effective way to overcome cellulite.

Practice sports such as swimming, aquagym, hiking or even the gym for maximal results!


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