Jennifer Aniston may look like the Michelin Man, wrapped in colossal inflatable pants, but the 54-year-old actress has never been seen with even a hint of cellulite – and perhaps we now know his secret.
The star shared a series of photos on Instagram last week, including this one of her wearing compression pants, a medical-grade therapy that delivers a highly effective massage that stimulates the body’s lymphatic system.
Ms. Aniston has never been shy about sharing the weirder aspects of her health and fitness regime — but the weirdest thing about these giant pants is that the treatment actually works.
Diet: Jennifer Aniston, 54, took to Instagram last week to share a glimpse of her post-workout routine as she donned compression pants for a lymphatic drainage massage.
Ms. Aniston has never been shy about sharing the weirder aspects of her health and fitness regime.
I know, I’ve tried them several times and will happily fit a pair every chance I get. Here’s why.
Compression therapy, or pressotherapy as it is commonly known, may be famous among the best for fighting cellulite, but it derives from a serious treatment used for people suffering from lymphedema (swelling due to lymphatic retention in the limbs) or who have this swelling after the cancerous lymph nodes have been removed.
Lymph is a clear fluid that passes through our body and its role is to remove excess fluid and toxins. The lymphatic system is much like the blood system, except that blood is pumped by the heart, while lymph is not. For the lymph to continue to circulate, we must move.
Too much inactivity and the lymph stagnates.
These pant legs contain a number of overlapping compartments that inflate steadily, in sequence, from the bottom of the leg, to mimic the action of muscles, gently squeezing lymph down the legs towards the lymph nodes behind the knees and in the groin. , which move lymphatic waste to the bladder.
It is also said to reduce fatigue and bloating. The brand I tried, and the most commonly available in the UK, is called The Body Ballancer (yes, with two L’s).
When you climb into the Ballancer bag/pants and zip them up, they come up to your ribcage.
You can choose a gentle drainage program or a more intense sports massage, then lie back and try not to laugh as the compartments inflate, furtively squeezing your feet, your calves, your thighs, your stomach, and then just as this gives you an alarming cobra. -give a hug to your ribs, the pressure drops, then starts again at the ankles. It’s very relaxing once you get used to it.
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You can have the treatment in a salon or clinic from around £100, or, if you’re feeling red, you can buy a system to use at home.
Jules Willcocks, who distributes the systems in the UK, found that during lockdown a surprising number of wealthy people saw the £8,000 the machines cost as a worthwhile investment.
Do pants make a difference? Absolutely. After just one session, my belt is still looser.
As for cellulite, a few years ago I was loaned a Ballancer for a fortnight, I climbed in it every evening and watched in amazement as the dimples in my bottom smoothed out.
Unfortunately, it came back once the treatments stopped. I guess Ms. Aniston has her own Ballancer system. Lucky Jen.