- Personal Assessment
- Manual massage to targeted areas including lymphatic stimulation (30 minutes)
- Cellulite Treatment with cellulite reduction machine (30 minutes)
- Infrared Sauna Treatment (30 minutes)
- Cellulite specific exercise recommendations
- Diet Consultation to target cellulite reduction
$750.00 For Package of TEN 90 Minute Sessions
$79.00 for One-time trial session (*Will not have a significant or lasting effect on the appearance of cellulite. This treatment is intended to be done in a series of multiple sessions)
What exactly is cellulite?
Cellulite comprises of fat cell globules found in the deeper layer of the skin (subcutis). As these globules enlarge, they upwardly push the skin just above them making it protrude causing the familiar dimples.
At the same time the fibrous strands holding the skin together stretches, shortening and becoming less elastic. The skin just above these strands is thereby pulled downwards, making the dimples more pronounced. This is a structure similar of a mattress, with the fat corresponding to the mattress foam and the fibrous strands the buttons sewn deep inside the mattress.
In summary, cellulite is a combination of superficial fat accumulation, connective tissue deformity, inflammation, water retention, skin loosening, and toxin/waste product accumulation. The complex nature of cellulite is responsible for the difficulty in curing it. The enlargement of fat clusters and shortening of fibrous tissue is almost always accompanied by inflammation, water retention, poor circulation, loose skin, and toxin build up. This is because all these phenomena share the same causes described below.
What causes cellulite?
Excess fat in the superficial fat cells enlarges them, starting the cellulite creation process. However, for the cellulite phenomenon to occur we also need estrogen. Estrogen creates the cellulite architecture in the deeper layers of skin stimulating the proliferation of superficial fat cells. No estrogen means no cellulite. Estrogen and excess calories in combination causes cellulite, not on their own.
Sedentary living and inactivity, even in the presence of the perfect diet, worsens cellulite’s appearance as it favors fat cell growth at the expense of collagen cells. Inactivity also leads to poor circulation and lymph drainage, further aggravating cellulite.
Can it be affected by any lifestyle factors (smoking, alcohol, etc)?
The most important lifestyle factors are:
- Being on calorie surplus mode, i.e. consuming more calories than the body can ever spend, especially food binging
- Drinking every single day, or drinking more than 2 glasses of wine per day (alcohol binging)
- Being sedentary, even if you are on calorie balance or even calorie deficit mode
- Eating poor quality food, even if you are on calorie balance or even calorie deficit mode. Sugar, trans fats, and fried oils are the worst food ingredients.
- Being on the “pill” (hormonal contraception, also including hormone patches and hormone injections)
- Being on HRT
- Excessive caffeine intake
- Constipation and digestive disorders
Are there any foods or supplements which improve cellulite’s appearance?
Foods or supplements can prevent cellulite and contribute towards cellulite reduction – but they cannot reduce it on their own. The best foods in order of importance are:
- All non-starchy vegetables. The dark green and cruciferous vegetables are especially good.
- Literally all herbs and spices, with the only exception being the excessive consumption of hot chili.
- All berry fruits
- Oily fish from unpolluted seas or high quality, purified fish oil
- Decaf coffee, decaf tea, decaf green tea and cocoa – served without sugar or with the healthy sweetener stevia
- Loads of water
There is no particular supplement that directly affects cellulite better than the above foods. However, a high quality multivitamin is indispensable in the polluted and stressful world we live today. If I had cellulite I would prefer to target my cellulite directly with nutrients contained in a good cellulite cream than by taking any single supplement.
Are there any lifestyle changes which improve cellulite’s appearance?
Again, lifestyle changes cannot eliminate cellulite on their own, but they are indispensable contributing factors. Here are my recommendations:
- Be active throughout the day, every day. Walk to work (at least partially), cycle, dance, do stairs etc.
- Exercise vigorously: running, fast or uphill walking, fast swimming and vigorous gym classes such as aerobics, spinning and pump classes, Bikram Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga etc.
- Perform squats and lunges on a vibration plate for up to 15 minutes, up to 3 times a week. More than that might harm the joints or internal organs. Never sit or lie on the vibration plate! All other exercises performed on those plates are pretty pointless or dangerous.
- Follow the diet recommendations outlined above
- Sleep well, quit smoking, avoid tight clothes, chronic stress and unnecessary medication, including “the pill”
- Sort out your digestive problems including constipation
- Avoid fried food, hydrogenated fats, and all types of sugar, including sweeteners (except stevia)
- Avoid excessive carbs and consume them in preference immediately after exercise
- Buy fresh foods, cook yourself and avoid ready-made meals
- Eat organic if possible
- Never binge on alcohol or food!
- Do not skip meals, starve, crash diet or yo-yo diet!
- Because I know you will not do all of those thing, try to periodically use a good anti-cellulite cream as an aid in cellulite prevention.
- For the same reason, try to have regular anti-cellulite treatments for prevention or maintenance
What type of treatments have improved the Cellulite’s appearance?
- The most popular therapy is based on manual and mechanical stimulation: suction massage without or with skin rolling (manual lymphatic massage).
- Others stimulate using electromagnetic radiation (Infrared Sauna Treatment).
- Liposuction and smart lipo by definition cannot reduce cellulite as they remove fat found in deeper layers of the body. Cellulite fat is incorporated into the skin and nobody wants to remove their skin to get rid of cellulite.
The best treatments are the ones that…
- …primarily target the most important cause of cellulite: FAT!
- …are vigorous. Light, mild treatments will not do much.
- …combine two, three, or more approaches.
Are they effective?
- Treatments are effective especially when combined with adjusting one’s diet and exercise.
- Research shows that 80% of women with cellulite need around 12 sessions of an effective treatment to be satisfied with the results. This estimation takes into account that most will follow a decent but not perfect diet and exercise regime between sessions. More effort with diet and exercise will require less treatments. Total indifference in terms of lifestyle change will require many more treatments or may never offer the desired results.
- On the other hand, diet and exercise are not enough either, in 80% of the cases.
- Furthermore, choosing the wrong treatment may mean that you will never get any decent results.
- In addition, even if everything is perfect, i.e. treatment, diet and exercise, time is also needed: the body cannot change overnight! Because of this, women are advised to stay away from “radical” lunchtime treatments that promise to cure cellulite in 1-3 sessions and without diet and exercise. Such a miracle, liposuction-type treatment simply does not exist today.
- The effectiveness of any treatment also depends on the skill, education, empathy, and motivation skills of the therapist.
- Finally, not all women have the same type of cellulite: some suffer from more fluid retention, others have loose skin, while others have extreme adiposity in their cellulite. Inflammation and connective tissue damage further complicate the picture. Therefore, there is not any single treatment that suits all women; a tailor-suited approach produces the best results.
- At Serenity, all treatments include a consultation to assure that your treatments are custom to your specific needs and desires.