A New Wellness Haven in West Hollywood Will Roll Away Your Cellulite the French Way

Emmanuelle Blanche brings the palper rouler massage technique to L.A.

From how they dress to what they eat, the French have seemingly nailed the secret to living an effortlessly chic lifestyle. In reality, our friends in France have just mastered the art of balance (eat a baguette, then walk everywhere), but they've also got a few other tricks when it comes to maintaining their slim silhouettes—including a massage technique called palper rouler, a physiotherapist-developed therapeutic treatment focused on eliminating cellulite and boosting circulation.

A longtime favorite among wellness enthusiasts in Europe, the treatment has officially landed in L.A. by way of Emmanuelle Blanche, a new wellness center founded by Parisian expat Emmanuelle Carter (herself a 15-year devotee to the method) that opened in West Hollywood at the end of January. Here's how it works: In order to reduce that pesky dimpling on the upper thighs, derrière, and legs (among other parts), therapists manually roll the fat cells and connective tissue with their hands so that the fascia can move more freely. (Get a taste of what it's like here.)

Emmanuelle Carter, founder of Emmanuelle Blanche in West Hollywood.

In addition to boosting elasticity, the message also helps to relax muscles, promote lymphatic and blood circulation, improve stretching reflexes, and reduce water retention, to name just a few benefits.

The one-hour treatment typically go like this: A 3D scanner captures your body and measurements, allowing you to easily compare your before-and-after stats and results. Next, your therapist will warm the areas of concern, roll your fascia in order to smooth out cellulite, and finish the treatment with a "fanning massage" to flush out toxins.

It's worth noting that cellulite won't get erased in a single treatment. Visible results typically come in four to six sessions, and a regular regimen of one to two treatments per month is recommended to keep the dimples at bay. Devotees also point out that the massage therapy's occasional ouches were worth the firmer, smoother silhouette.

As far as pricing, single sessions are $160 and monthly memberships are $140 to $260 for one or two massages per month, respectively. Packages of 10 or 15 sessions ($1,500 or $2,100) are also available.

Intrigued? Learn more about the technique here and book your next sesh online here.

Emmanuelle Blanche, 729 North La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, 90069; Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m; (424) 284-3675.

Open now at  729 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069, the doors of the center are opened to all guests between 11AM-7PM Tuesdays – Saturdays. Guests can also set up appointments online at https://emmanuelleblanche.com/

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