I recently received a wiggle machine. That’s not it technical name, but its an “exercise” machine that looks like a giant step in which you stand on as it vibrates your entire body. My mother bought it for me after loving her own – and despite Ben’s hysterical laughter when I unveiled it (he calls it “exercise for lazy people”), I am excited about its benefits.
Sure, its no 10K run – and I certainly wouldn’t call it a workout, but the fact of the matter is that it increases circulation. Circulation is more important than we think, it is what keeps our skin youthful looking and our bodies conditioned.
Circulation: The Key to Youthfulness
Many of us have poor circulation, and since our blood system feeds our skin, long-term stagnation leads to an unhealthy complexion. When blood does not properly oxygenate and transport waste away from our skin. This results in sallow color, lack of brightness and decreased moisture. One reason our hands and feet are the first to dry out and crack come winter is because in that our bad circulation is pronounced, and in the cold, dehydrating weather, our extremities’ tissue devitalize.
Blood Flow To Attack Cellulite
Circulation is not only about skin-health (my personal preoccupation), shaking up our bodies helps with combating cellulite. I feel like I should insert organ music here, because whenever I mention the word “cellulite”, my clients eyes widen, hand on chest, a la female victim in Dracula: the silent movie). Jumping rope is one of the few exercises proven to reduce the appearance of cellulite – and this is due to the full-body increase in circulation. Endermologie is one of the only proven cellulite treatments, and while it looks like a big ol’ intimidating machine, it was inspired by massage techniques, originally developed to reduce stretch marks. It’s basically a piece of equipment which manipulates the body in a constant and rhythmic way to increase in circulation. This just shows how blood movement impacts our skin-repair as well assists cellulite-reduction and weight loss. And, as I step on this new machine, I imagine mobilizing my fat molecules and cellular rejuvenation with each vibration.
The Lymphatic Component: Bye Bye Swelling!
But it doesn’t just help because of the movement and breaking up of fat tissue, but also because of lymphatic drainage. It alleviates water-retention (!) – and this inspires me to use the wiggler upon waking up to take away my early morning facial puffiness. As we know, according to Ayurveda, stimulation decreases Kapha and accumulation in our bodies. This means that this machine, whose job is to get you all shook up (how many puns can I make eh?) will help with bowel evacuation as the movement will release tension on the abdomen and promote movement in the G.I tract, as well as it will relieve sinus congestion that facial edema contributes to.
So, while Ben may be smugly chuckling as he eats his breakfast, by shaking my money maker on my new toy, I will be one wobble closer to a more beautiful complexion and healthier body.