Ancient Wisdom for Cellulite

Cellulite occurs when fat deposits push through the connective tissue beneath the skin. You may think you’ve tried everything to rid yourself of it – massage tools, anti-cellulite creams, healthy diet and regular exercise, but did you know that your stress levels play havoc with your cellulite and that there is an ancient Chinese technique that is the answer to your cellulite prayers?

Stress hormones play a significant role in the appearance of cellulite. According to a study published in the Journal of European Academy of Dermatology, cellulite can be caused by increased levels of stress hormone. Researchers found that individuals who had chronically elevated cortisol levels were much more likely to have cellulite.


The bottom line is that stress creates heat and inflammation, which leads to weight gain – and fat cells create inflammation and physical stress in the body. It’s like a vicious circle. Chronic inflammation causes us to be resistant to insulin which causes weight gain. Inflammation is linked to weight gain (and weight gain causes inflammation).
Fat cells create inflammation…
High calorie diets cause the cells to make major histocompatibility complex II, a group of proteins usually expressed to help the immune system fight off viruses and bacteria. In overweight mice and humans, the fat cells issue false distress signals – which causes inflammation.

… and inflammation leads to weight gain.
Inflammation of the brain causes leptin resistance, which often precedes and accompanies insulin resistance. Leptin is a hormone that regulates appetite and metabolism. Inflammation of the gut causes leptin and insulin resistance, which ultimately leads to weight gain. Sudden weight gain will almost certainly lead to the appearance of cellulite. Less body fat generally means less cellulite.

When you are stressed, cortisol causes the body to access your protein stores to make energy for you to fight or flee the stressor, but this mechanism causes increased insulin resistance because it blocks the effect of insulin. It does this to make energy/sugar available for the muscles.

With weight gain, repeatedly elevated cortisol can cause stored triglycerides to be relocated to the visceral fat cells, primarily the ones in the abdomen and under muscle. It also causes fat cells to mature, which may result in increased amounts of cortisol produced at the tissue level. The insulin resistance is also hindering your weight maintenance or weight-loss efforts. When your cells are not getting the needed sugar/glucose to fuel them because insulin is being blocked, you’ll naturally want to eat more to compensate.


Reduced circulation can increase cellulite, because cellulite naturally has less of a blood supply and lower level of hydration than normal tissue. Reduced circulation also impacts lymphatic drainage. Lymph fluid contains white blood cells which pick up bacteria, toxins and other waste from our blood. It’s thought that poor circulation of the lymph can cause cellulite, varicose veins and a weakened immune system. The lymphatic system is our body’s “sewage system”, draining waste material from every cell, and area of the body. This system can become easily clogged from excess build-up of toxins and lack of movement. When our drainage system becomes backed up, excess fluid fails to be eliminated, which accumulates in and around the tissue that holds the fat cell in place.
Some scientists have found immune cells that are linked to chronic inflammation, such as macrophages and lymphocytes, in cellulite-affected tissue – suggesting a link between reduced immunity and cellulite.

Microcirculation imbalance can also worsen cellulite. When there is inadequate microcirculation, lymphatic and blood flow decrease. Additionally, the increase in fat accumulation causes higher pressure in the tissues, leading to lowered circulation. This poor microcirculation reduces fat tissue metabolism, yielding lymphatic substances into the tissue and leading to edema. At this point, you get less blood and lymphatic circulation and more cellulite is likely.

So, there are multiple layers of negative effects that contribute to cellulite.

Once you understand that the cause of cellulite runs much more than skin deep, what is the solution? Topical creams only work at skin level. Even massage, once touted as being effective in treating cellulite, can do more harm than good. Firm massage on cellulite areas can stimulate additional fluids into the tissues. Unless accompanied with a means of improving blood and lymph flow out of the tissues, massage may only exacerbate the problem.

How the Body Restorer can help

The Body Restorer™ is a Gua Sha massage tool. Gua Sha is an East Asian therapeutic healing technique, widely practised in China for thousands of years. It has been shown in studies to increase micro-circulation by 400%, clear inflammation and increase immunity. Alongside a balanced diet and regular exercise, Gua Sha can help reduce body fat and help to treat the appearance of cellulite.

Gua Sha involves using a round-edged tool, traditionally made of materials such as jade or metal, to press-stroke the skin until redness appears – hence the name. ‘gua’ means to rub, whilst ‘sha’ describes the redness that results.

Gua Sha has been shown to exponentially increase blood flow to the surface of the skin, which scientists believe works in a number of ways. Firstly, it helps disperse toxins by increased circulation and aiding the lymphatic and immune systems. Then as the blood is reabsorbed by the body it promotes an enzyme (HO-1) which is anti-inflammatory and increases immunity.

Hayo'u Body Restorer

Massage is a great treatment for breaking down fat deposits as it works to improve circulation. Gua Sha focusses directly on increasing blood flow beneath the skin. Because of the tool and technique used, greater pressure can be applied than with standard massage. Gua Sha massage with the Body Restorer™ will, in addition, stimulate lymphatic drainage and firm the skin by breaking down the stagnant fluid, drawing toxins to the surface and bringing fresh blood to the affected area. This has a smoothing and firming effect on the skin. The heat generated by Gua Sha causes a breakdown of the fat; the treatment can also stretch the connective tissue vertically. In addition, Gua Sha will improve your digestion, your liver and gall bladder function as well as boosting immunity – all of which are linked to weight loss.

This treatment is about prevention AND cure. The Body Restorer™ is designed to be used as part of the Hayo’u Method. Remember, one of the root causes of cellulite is almost certainly stress. Gua Sha will lessen the appearance of cellulite, whilst the Hayo’u Method deploys one-minute rituals that work to reduce that stress and inflammation on a daily basis. These simple techniques relax the body, enable free-flow of circulation and assist detoxification by supporting the lymphatic system. All of which will also help reduce the occurrence of cellulite.

Chinese wisdom considers cellulite to be connected to water metabolism. When our Qi is stagnant, proper fluid management is impeded, which causes cellulite. Gua Sha stimulates flow of Qi and blood around the body.

According to Chinese medicine, by regularly clearing toxins from the body, particularly from the joints, back, neck and shoulders, external pathogens are prevented from establishing a foothold in the body and creating serious illness further down the line.

Simply press-stroke the rounded edge of the Body Restorer™ across your skin. It shouldn’t be painful. If in doubt, start very gently and work up to the pressure of scratching an itchy insect bite. We say 8 strokes as a guide, which is enough to effectively bring up a red flush. If in doubt, stop.

You can also use the Body Restorer™ during the day, on your chest, to help immediately manage the physical effect of stress.

Why do we use metal? Metal has a stronger effect on the body and will achieve the desired effect quickly. We recommend a one-minute burst across the chest, upper back and neck. We associate redness with bruising and pain in the West, but in this instance, it’s both healing and satisfying.


Lipoedema is a long-term condition where there’s an abnormal build-up of fat cells in the legs, thighs and buttocks, and sometimes in the arms. Lipoedema tends to start at puberty or at other times of hormonal change (such as during pregnancy or the menopause).

Lipoedema looks and feels different to normal body fat; softer and dimpled, like cellulite.
Lipoedema fat is often painful and can hurt when banged or scraped, even gently. It also can bruise easily.

Lymphoedema is swelling that occurs when the lymphatic system stops draining the tissues adequately. It can often happen following treatment for cancer when lymph nodes are removed.

Please note, Gua Sha is not recommended for those suffering Lipoedema or Lymphoedema. In this case, we’d recommend the Reset and Rescue Breath rituals. These are simple techniques which relax the body, enable free-flow of circulation and assist detoxification by supporting the lymphatic system.

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