The Benefits of Reduction Massages
To keep you body looking good, it’s important to keep a healthy diet and exercise. But some areas are hard to shape (arms, abdomen or legs). If you have problems of flabbiness in your skin, you can try home reduction massages. They’re very easy to do and rather inexpensive.
The benefits of reduction massages
Body reduction massages help to lower tension and stress, alleviate muscular pains and improve circulation and flexibility.
While talking about massages, you must know that they consist of a set of movements carried out on the established area. If you want to get the most benefits for your body, you’ll need alcohol, an exfoliating glove and a fat reducing cream.
These fat reducing creams can be applied mainly to the arms, waist, abdomen and legs. And they may help reduce fat and cellulite and improve blood flow, therefore reducing the probability of varicose veins.
Before doing any type of massage, clean the area with cotton to eliminate any dirtiness. Do so softly as not to irritate the area!
With the exfoliating glove, massage in circular motions. Apply the reducing cream and massage in various directions, but not in downward motions since this may cause the skin to become looser. At the same time, massage softly with slight pressure, but be careful not to cause damage since you could bruise your skin. Finally, clean with a cotton.
How to make your own reducing cream
To make this cream, set up a Bain-marie (double boiler) with one liter of water, a spoonful of seaweed, rosemary, aloe vera, mint, Indian pennywort, horsetail, ivy and elastin; some of these products may sound strange to you but you can find them at many health food and naturist stores.
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Mix all the ingredients together and after it boils, let it cool and pour the mix into a glass container. Keep out of direct sunlight, or even better, put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold and fresh.
Coffee for your legs
This cream is mainly used to eliminate dead cells from your legs. It’s made with a coffee base, and it’s great for after shaving or other ways of hair removal.
- 4 spoonfuls of sugar
- 4 spoonfuls of ground coffee
- 1 spoonful of olive oil
- 1 spoonful of sea salt
- 2 spoonfuls of honey
In a bowl, pour in the sugar with the ground coffee, olive oil and sea salt. Add honey and, with your hands, apply the mixture in soft, circular massage. Besides removing the dead cells, this will give you a relaxing sensation
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Movements for effective reduction massages
Friction, kneading and pounding
The best way of giving a massage is with your hands. With the reducing cream already on the affected area, begin to “knead” softly and apply more pressure as time goes by. Use both of your hands.
Do this for some twenty minutes and then pound softly with an open hand in the area that you are treating.
The results won’t be seen the very next day. For that reason, it’s important that you’re consistent and don’t give up on these massages. Remember that they’re not good for your exterior, but they also relax you and help to control stress and maintain good blood flow.
Drink plenty of water to hydrate your body and eliminate toxins; do different types of exercises and sports such as running, biking or swimming; sleep the recommended number of hours for adults (8 hours).
But most importantly, keep a balanced diet, loaded with fruit and vegetables which offer your body all the nutrients and vitamins it needs to be in excellent condition.
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