Get your Gua Sha on

In the height of summer and swimsuit season (aka the great kaftan clad cover up) it can also have a profound effect on cellulite. And the Body Restorer De-Stress Body Tool, £35, from Hayo’u Method, is the piece of kit you need to invest in from the range, fast. This dexterous, round-edged hand-held tool is crafted from 100% stainless steel. Designed to be used in conjunction with the one-minute massage ‘Gua Sha’ ritual and oil, it not only works on rebalancing and calming body and mind, it helps rectify circulation problems. In fact, the Body Restorer has been clinically proven to increase micro-circulation by an impressive 400%. And for both those reasons that makes it pretty powerful in the anti-cellulite market.

Stress levels and cellulite are directly linked. According to a recent study published by the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology cellulite can be caused by increased levels of stress hormones (cortisol) in the body. Stress creates heat and inflammation which leads to weight gain which in turn inflates fat cells and causes more cellulite. When the body is stressed, raised cortisol levels cause it to access protein stores to fight or flight. If you are overweight over the course of many years you may suffer from elevated cortisol levels which can cause fat cells to mature and again the cellulite cycle self perpetuates.

Circulation is also a key factor in the fight against cellulite. Poor circulation of the lymphatic system (the body’s natural waste and toxin drainage system) is a major contributory trigger to the formation, appearance and prevalence of cellulite. When the lymph system is blocked excess fluid is stored in and around the connective tissue that holds the fat cells in place.

Some scientists have also found immune cells that are linked to chronic inflammation (macrophages and lymphocytes) in cellulite-affected tissue which would also suggest a link between reduced immunity and cellulite.

Why Go for Gua Sha?

Gua Sha is an East Asian therapeutic technique that’s been a mainstay in Chinese healing for thousands of years. It is a short series of press-stroke movements used on the skin until redness appears. Gua Sha has been proven to increase blood flow to the surface of the skin, which Scientists and Wellness Doctors explain works in various ways. Firstly, it helps disperse toxins by increasing the micro-circulation and aiding the lymphatic and immune systems. Then as the blood is redistributed around the body it produces an enzyme (HO-1) which has both an anti-inflammatory action and again increases immunity.