Does massaging fat help it go away?

Losing weight is a struggle many people face, and when it comes to fat in particular, the issue can seem even more daunting. While diet and exercise are the most reliable methods for improving one’s body composition, you may have heard that massage can help break down fat cells—which begs the question: Does massaging fat really help it go away?

The answer is complicated, as it depends on a variety of factors. First, let’s talk about how massage can help reduce stress, as well as the resulting fat storage. Massage is known to reduce stress hormones, which in turn can help break down some of the fat already stored in the body. This can result in the appearance of smoother and more toned skin.

Index of contents
  1. Breaking Up Fat Cells
  2. Vibrating Devices and Massage Techniques
  3. Massage and Cellulite
  4. Summary

Breaking Up Fat Cells

To determine whether massage can effectively break up fat cells, we will have to look at the underlying science of massage therapy. It has been suggested that massage can aid in melting adipose tissue, due to the effect it can have on circulation, digestion, and the stimulation of organs in the abdominal region.

Moreover, certain massage techniques have been known to improve constipation, and can even stimulate the organs in the abdominal region. However, despite the aforementioned benefits and claims, there’s no scientific evidence to support the notion that massage can actually break up fat cells.

Vibrating Devices and Massage Techniques

Vibrating devices, as well as special massage techniques, are not ultimately effective against fat cells. Liposuction does remove fat but it comes at a cost to the body, and it has the potential to create infections and imperfect results.

Simply put, it is impossible to get rid of fat cells but you may be able to adjust their size with the help of diet and exercise. With a healthy diet and optimal exercise regime, you could see a decrease in the size of fat cells, improving the body’s appearance and boosting your health in the process.

Massage and Cellulite

Cellulite is defined as the dimpling of the skin which is often caused by fat, fibers and fluids under the skin. Massage may be able to improve the appearance of cellulite, as it can help to draw excess fluids that may be contributing to the problem. Additionally, it may be able to aid in redistributing fat cells and improving circulation, which in turn can contribute to plumper skin.

However, it is important to note that massage will not cure cellulite, and it should not be used as a standalone solution for celluite reduction.


In summary, it is clear that massage alone cannot remove fat cells. While massage can help reduce stress and improve circulation, as well as drain excess fluids and help redistribute fat cells, it cannot effectively break down fat cells or help you lose weight. Ultimately, a healthy diet and exercise are the most reliable methods when it comes to reducing fat cells, improving your body composition, and achieving overall optimal health and wellness.

Nancy Crawford Smith

Nancy is a registered nurse who has trained in various energy therapies, including Reiki and Maya Abdominal Therapy. She uses a combination of body work, energy therapies, and spiritual healing to assist individuals in a holistic healing journey.

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