Amongst the most sought-after cosmetic treatments today are those that are designed, or at least claim, to achieve cellulite reduction. Known by a variety of names, including adiposis edematosa or less formally, as orange peel syndrome, it is not, as many seem to believe, an illness, but simply a dimpling of the skin caused by persistent deposits of subcutaneous fat that protrude through the surrounding connective tissue, creating the appearance of multiple lumps. More common among women, it most often affects the thighs, hips and buttocks, but can also occur in other locations, such as around the waistline.
There is no doubt that the condition can be a source of embarrassment and many are inclined to stay away from the poolside or the beach, and to avoid wearing clothes that may expose an affected area. Aware of the potential for huge profits, companies have been quick to respond with a wide range of treatments galore that range from lotions and creams, to a variety of minimally-invasive and non-invasive procedures that employ lasers, radio frequencies, ultraviolet light or ultrasound in various combinations. Creams and medications simply do not work, while some of the more technical procedures tend to employ pseudoscience. There are, however, some machines that are proving to be a very effective means of cellulite reduction and control. Improvements are usually quite long lasting and even more enduring among those who are willing to make lifestyle changes, such as healthier eating and exercising.
In addition to certain FDA-approved medical aesthetic procedures, a new form of exercise machine offers a means to rid oneself of those embarrassing orange-peel thighs or buttocks, whilst simultaneously providing some much-needed exercise. Employing a technique known as EMS or electro-muscular stimulation, these machines are able to produce an involuntary contraction in any muscle targeted and duplicates the effect when employed in physical exercise, such as lifting a weight or performing a press-up. Widely used by those looking to shed a few kilos and develop a lean and toned look, as well as by body builders intent on adding bulk, EMS has proved to be just as effective when used as a tool for cellulite reduction.
First adopted by sports doctors and later, military hospitals to speed the recovery process following injury, the original design has undergone the advances needed to broaden its functionality, and is now available to the general public in gyms around the world. South Africans may join an EMS exercise programme at any of the country’s Body20 studios. In effect, whether the goal of the participant is to lose weight, to compete in the next Mr South Africa contest or simply to be rid of those unsightly fatty lumps, it will require exercise. When aided by electro-muscular stimulation, however, such exercise is essentially passive in nature and, though possible, it is not essential for the subject to contribute any physical effort. This can be especially helpful to those unaccustomed to exercising during the introductory stage.
All programmes are personalised and designed to meet the subject’s chosen objectives, in this case, cellulite reduction. Expert supervision by qualified EMS trainers, during weekly sessions of just 20 minutes, ensures both the safety and the success of this innovative and effective health and fitness technology.