Cellulite can also be found in men, although its occurrence is rather rare. Generally it is found in men that have had some severe hormonal change. Skin is composed of three different layers: the epidermis, dermis and subcutaneous layer (fat layer).
The epidermis is the thin, outer layer of skin that protects your body. The next layer is the dermis, which is a thick layer of fibrous and elastic tissue. This gives your skin flexibility and strength. The final layer is the fat layer, also known as the subcutaneous layer.
Fat is contained in living cells, aptly called fat cells, which are held together by strands of fibrous tissue, called septae. As water is retained, fat cells held within the perimeters of this area expand and stretch the connective tissue. Eventually this connective tissue contracts and hardens holding the skin at a non-flexible length, while the surrounding tissue expands with weight or water gain.
The result is that certain areas of skin are held down while other sections bulge outwards thereby creating a lumpy, uneven appearance.
Fat is designed to insulate the body, provide padding and store energy. There are many reasons that your body accumulates fat. Improper diet, lack of exercise & hormonal changes are usually the main cause of fat storage & the accumulation of cellulite. During the aging process skin loses thickness & tone between the connective tissue in the subcutaneous (fat layer) & the dermis. As a result, flaccid cellulite forms more easily as we age.
The key to reducing and fighting cellulite is to purify the body with a combination of exercise, a healthy diet, stress/tension reduction and proper circulation.
Massage not only pampers, it also assists in fighting and reducing the appearance of cellulite. Massage helps restore the body's natural tendencies by manipulating the muscles, and stimulating the circulatory and lymphatic systems that break down fatty tissue. Massage targets areas that are difficult to stimulate with good old exercise (such as the inner knee and upper thigh areas).
The special techniques used during cellulite massage help break down fatty deposits and get rid of toxins stored in the cells. Most importantly, because massage improves the flow of blood & lymph in the cellulite-affected areas, it allows the fat & toxins that are released during the massage to be transported away from these areas.
The clearing of these obstacles then allows the much-needed nutrients to flow freely into these areas so that they nourish the cells & tissue there.