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What Causes Cellulite?

Nov 01, 2021 06:52PM ● By Ed Hemberger

Cellulite forms when fibrous bands called septae, which connect the skin to the underlying muscle fascia, tighten irregularly, pulling down on the skin, and/or begin to break down, allowing the normal layer of fat beneath the skin to push upward. This results in the puckering or “cottage cheese” appearance.

An estimated 85% to 90% of adult women have cellulite, typically on the abdomen, buttocks and thighs. The aging process can worsen the appearance of cellulite, as skin loses elasticity and is less able to resist irregular tension created by the fibrous bands. Certain therapies such as Structural Integration (SI) may help loosen the septae bands that cause cellulite through restoring circulation to the fascia. However, SI differs from many approaches due to its whole body approach to restoration and alignment.  

The human body is not static. It’s plastic, and that plastic quality enables a person’s body to be realigned into a more optimally functioning and feeling human being. Rolfing accomplishes that realignment. — Ida P. Rolf

Structural Integration was developed by Dr. Ida P. Rolf, a biochemist who was influenced by osteopathy, physical therapy, and yoga. It is a holistic hands-on approach for the evaluation and treatment of what Dr. Rolf believed was the primary cause of pain and dysfunction—the fascial system. Structural Integration (SI) is a form of massage that opens fascial restrictions and reduces pressure on the body as a whole.

Fascia is a tough, densely woven sheet or band of connective tissue that runs throughout body. In its normal, healthy state, this tissue is relaxed and unrestricted in its ability to stretch and move. But traumas, such as accidents or extreme emotional upsets, can create restrictions in the fascial tissue, resulting in binding, hardening, or sticking, which can cause pressure on nerves, muscles, organs, bones, and blood vessels. By manipulating and releasing stuck or out-of-balance fascia, SI frees the unhealthy binding of tissues, allowing muscles and bones to return to a balanced position.

By addressing the body as a whole, SI often produces positive and lasting results. It follows a ten-step protocol, with each step addressing a different segment of the body in a specific order so that restrictions are opened from the inside out, and result in better lift, movement, and vitality. People of all ages have benefited from this treatment, from improving posture and appearance to easing pain from chronic work- or sports-related injuries. Rolfing can alleviate pain and discomfort, and often results in a feeling of better balance and more flexibility.

Edward Hemberger, LMT, has been mentored by Rolfing practitioner Dr. Thomas Findley, M.D., Ph.D., for the past 20 years. Hemberger was selected to work with two United States Olympic teams and also works for the Veterans Administration Hospital in East Orange.

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