How to Use a Foam Roller to Make Cellulite Disappear

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Say goodbye to cellulite! (Image: Describe the Fauna/LIVESTRONG.COM)

Dimples aren’t always a good thing. Dimples in your cheeks or lower back are cute; dimples on your legs or arms from cellulite, not so much.

While spas and medical centers offer pricey treatments that offer potential cures, inexpensive natural remedies can be just as effective. One powerfully simple method is to use gentle pressure and your own body weight to release the body’s connective tissue. Foam rolling does just that.

Where Cellulite Comes From

Your connective tissue is like a thin layer of plastic wrap that covers the surface of every muscle, says Lauren Roxburgh, alignment expert, personal trainer and author of “Taller, Slimmer, Younger.” “The problem is when this connective tissue becomes dry, blocked and/or weakened,” she says. “The underlying fat is able to push through and appears as unsightly dimpled cellulite on the skin.”

While cellulite can also be caused by hormonal imbalances, lymphatic issues or more serious medical conditions, there are some causes you can do something about. “Fascia can be weakened by many things, including dehydration, poor posture and muscle tone, lack of movement, bad circulation and the impacts of gravity and aging,” says Roxburgh. “The good news is there are some simple things we can do at home to combat those other causes of weakened connective tissue.”

Get Rid of Cellulite Naturally

Staying hydrated and eating a mostly plant-based diet will nourish your skin and help flush out toxins. If you’re feeling stressed or sluggish, Roxburgh suggests adding rebounding — low-impact exercises done on a mini trampoline — to your workout routine.

But any kind of exercise routine can help increase your circulation and energy levels while also smoothing out collagen. And beginning any exercise routine that incorporates a few foam roller moves can boost those benefits, Roxburgh says.

How a Foam Roller Reduces Cellulite

“Because the foam roller helps break up those dense areas and blockages we all get in our fascia, it helps to boost circulation and improve lymphatic drainage,” Roxburgh says. “All of this keeps your fascia healthy, and that helps to prevent that pesky fat from pushing through to the skin.”

Roxburgh developed an anti-cellulite foam roller routine after studying structural integration and classical Pilates. She now works with clients to realign the body and combat the effects of gravity and aging using foam rollers.

Her 21-day foam rolling routine requires just 10 to 15 minutes a day. Here are some of her favorite moves to decrease cellulite:

woman using foam roller on an exercise mat
Roll out your hamstrings. (Image: Describe the Fauna/LIVESTRONG.COM)

What Do YOU Think?

Do you struggle with cellulite? What have you done to reduce it? Have you tried foam rolling? What was your experience? Do you do any of these foam rolling moves? Which ones are your favorites? Do you have any others that you’d add to the list? Share your suggestions, stories and questions in the comments section below!

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