Massage guns are the latest things in fat loss, but what exactly do they do?

Massage guns are no longer just for chiropractors. Body contouring trendsetters are integrating these handy tools in their businesses to deliver great benefits for their patients. In this episode you’ll learn all about vibro-percussion technology, what massage guns can do and cannot do, plus get the steps to do the treatment on your patients. So tune in!  

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We have a riddle for you today.  What hot new body contouring tool combines two technologies, vibration and percussion, costs as little as $25, takes only a couple of minutes to perform, delivers faster and better fat reduction results and looks like a power drill?  It’s a massage gun!  And you’re right if you’re thinking WAIT that’s a tool used by chiropractors and physical therapists for muscle and pain issues.  That’s true.  But this technology has also been adopted by body contouring industry trendsetters, like us.  And you could be the next one.  Prepare to learn all about this exciting new body contouring treatment as we discuss massage guns and their vibro-percussion technology, tell you what massage guns can do and what they cannot do, show you why using a massage gun leads to quicker fat loss and improved weight loss and show you how to get started with  massage gun treatments in your own body contouring business or practice.  All in today’s episode.  So stay tuned.

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You’re listening to The Body Contouring Academy’s Proven Profits Podcast 

where you’ll learn simple actionable strategies from real world successful body contouring professionals to help you generate more revenue, realize the profits you want and create the life you desire. 

Hi I’m Shannon and I’m Kay and we’re your hosts of The Proven Profits Podcast


Hi there healthcare professionals, business owners, body contouring technicians and beauty professionals!  Welcome everyone!   Kay here. Shannon and I want to thank you for being here too. 

Massage guns with their vibro-percussion technology do wonderful things for our body contouring patients.  While they don’t break down fat on their own, their role as a quick lymphatic booster (just two minutes!!) that you perform immediately after a reduction treatment is unrivaled by any other technology or treatment.

In today’s episode, you’ll learn all about this super-exciting new body contouring treatment as we discuss massage guns and vibro-percussion technology, tell you what massage guns can do and what they cannot do, show you why using a massage gun leads to quicker fat loss and improved weight loss and show you how to get started with massage gun treatments in your own body contouring business or practice. 


Vibro-percussion technology delivered by massage guns is not new.  But it is pretty new to body contouring.  You may have heard of them but you may not know a lot about them.  

So you’re here to find out!

What exactly is a massage gun?

A massage gun is a small handheld device that produces rapid and repetitive vibrations via intermittent mechanical pressure, utilizing two non-invasive technologies: vibration technology and percussion technology.  

We refer to it as vibro-percussion therapy.

Massage guns are best known and well-studied for aiding sore muscles and healing connective tissue.  They have been used for many years mostly by chiropractors and physical therapists. 

But now they’re used by a broader range of professionals

And that’s because massage guns are capable of providing many other diverse benefits, such as relaxation, pain relief, loosening tight muscles, increasing lymphatic flow, accelerating the healing process, facilitating quicker fat loss and improving weight loss.

So…more recently, fitness, beauty and body contouring professionals have adopted the therapeutic use of massage guns for optimizing fat reduction and ✅weight loss.

And here’s some really exciting things about massage guns 

✔  They’re super affordable (cost as little as $25).

✔  Come with a variety of applicators which can be interchanged based on the body  

     area being treated, the intended use and the desired benefits.  

✔  So you can definitely buy one - or - at $25 a device, you could keep one in each of your treatment rooms. That’s what we do!

If you’re like us, you’re chomping at the bit to start researching these nifty little devices.  And when you do, like so many other body contouring machines, you’ll find way too many choices. So as we try to do with all of the devices, we do have a massage gun to recommend.  It’s the one we’ve used so we know we can recommend it based on our experience.

We’ll leave the link to the massage gun in today’s show notes.  And you can see it and all the applicators it comes with too.   And by the way, it’s only $25.  

Now let’s break down the technology that powers massage guns…

The benefits of massage guns are derived from the combination of the two non-invasive technologies: vibration and percussion.  We refer to it as vibro-percussion technology.  

Let’s break these technologies down.

Starting with 

Vibration Technology:  

Whole Body Vibration Therapy (WBVT) vs Local Vibration Therapy

Vibration technology 

Can be applied systemically to benefit the entire body, as with whole body vibration therapy (WBVT),


Can be delivered to benefit a targeted area, which is known as local vibration therapy (LVT). 

Massage guns utilize local vibration therapy (LVT), but let’s be thorough in our explanation and take a look at both kinds of vibration technology.  Our community should be familiar with wbvt.  Let’s start there.  

Whole Body Vibration Therapy (WBVT)

Whole Body Vibration Technology (WBVT) machines produce intense, rapid and repetitive vibrations which move (1) up-and-down; (2) side-to-side and (3) back and forth, stimulate the entire body - the muscle, bone, circulatory, respiratory, lymphatic and cognitive systems…all in a positive way…producing multiple benefits.  

The vibrations produced by WBVT work by producing intense muscle contractions throughout the entire body and deliver many benefits including improved lymphatic function, cellulite reduction, weight loss and counteracting the aging process. 

⇨ Whole Body Vibration Therapy (WBVT) is essential to operating a successful body contouring business.  We have TWO vibration therapy platforms at our medspa!  

If you are not familiar with wbvt and

Want to learn more about Vibration Therapy and get certified,  

Get the details of our online Whole Body Vibration Therapy certification course!

You’ll find a link to the course details in our show notes.

Moving on to a newer concept for our body contouring academy community…

Local Vibration Therapy (LVT)

Local Vibration Technology machines produce rapid and repetitive vibrations affecting a localized (targeted) area of the body.  

Depending on the particular device, the vibrations may include one or more of the following motions:  (1) up-and-down; (2) side-to-side and/or (3) back and forth.   

When used for fat reduction and weight loss, the localized vibrations produced by LVT work by 

(1) increasing blood flow to the area to assist in metabolism and 

(2) to increase lymphatic flow in the area so as to improve the elimination of excess fluids, toxins, fat and other debris from the body.

And now that the body contouring industry has recognized the benefits of massage guns, Local Vibration Therapy (LVT) is another essential tool for any provider or business performing fat reduction treatments.

So that’s vibration, What about 

Percussion Therapy?

Percussion Technology is a non-invasive technology that involves application of pulses of pressure to the body.  

Percussion therapy can be applied manually - or - via the use of a percussive device like a massage gun; manual application and devices can both be used to help improve a variety of issues. For example,

Respiratory therapists use manual percussion to help break up and eliminate thick fluids from the lungs. 

Massage therapists use manual percussion to aid in the recovery of muscle soreness.

Why do Body contouring professionals use percussion technology (massage guns)?  Tto derive these benefits:

Percussion stimulates blood flow to the treated area enhancing the delivery of oxygen and nutrients, and stimulating metabolism.  

Percussion also stimulates lymphatic flow in the treated area removing wastes, such as fats, toxins and excess fluids.

Both actions lead to quicker and better fat loss.

But the question remains…does a massage gun break down fat on its own?

The short answer is NO.  There is no reliable evidence that shows massage guns can break down fat cells on their own.  However…the longer answer is

Using a massage gun does lead to quicker fat loss and improved weight loss by 

Assisting the body in eliminating the fat and debris left behind from a fat reduction treatment; and 

Encouraging the burning and elimination of fat cells in the treated area when the patient is in a calorie-deficit state, i.e. weight loss diet..  

Now let’s get a little more scientific.  

Why and how does using a massage gun lead to quicker fat loss and improved weight loss?

I. Quicker and better fat loss 

If you are performing fat reduction treatments like cryotherapy, cavitation, lipo laser, etc.,a massage gun is a must-have tool   

Using a massage gun following a fat reduction treatment leads to quicker fat loss…and better fat loss.  Why is this?

Research has shown time and again that massage guns increase circulation in and around the treated area.    

An increase in both blood circulation and lymphatic circulation ensures fat released during the treatment is eliminated efficiently from the body..  

➣ Let’s just do a quick review of how non-invasive fat reduction technologies work so you can understand how significant this is.

How non-invasive fat reduction technology works

Non-invasive fat reduction treatments damage or kill fat cells, but do not remove the fat cells from the body.

The patient’s body, specifically the lymphatic system, must eliminate the fat, debris, excess fluids and toxins released by our treatments.

Most patients need our assistance because of the increased burden on the lymphatic system caused by the fat reduction treatments. 

So body contouring professionals should provide lymphatic booster treatments (like a massage gun) to assist them. 

Reminder here.  The category of Lymphatic boosters includes all treatments that assist in the elimination of the fat and debris left behind from fat reduction treatments.

Bottom line.  Using a massage gun leads to quicker fat loss due to its circulatory and lymphatic enhancing actions

A massage gun is a lymphatic booster…and every fat reduction protocol needs lymphatic boosters. 

II. Massage guns also Improve skin tone and appearance which improves results from fat reduction treatments 

How so?

Treatments with a massage gun increase blood flow to the treated area.

The improved blood flow brings nutrients and oxygen to the tissues and results in an increase in collagen and elastin production for better skin tone and appearance. 

And finally, 

III. Massage guns can target weight loss in a problem area, i.e. spot reduce (which is great for home use)

You already know that massage guns do not break down fat on their own.  And they can’t lead to weight loss on their own either.

But what massage guns can do is help direct the location where the weight will come off,  i.e. it can aid in spot reduction.

But extreme caution here!  In order for this to be possible, the body must be in a calorie deficit…so her body has the need to use the fat to burn for energy.  

As a professional, it’s unlikely you’ll be treating weight loss patients for spot reduction with a massage gun.  But it’s a great tool for weight loss patients to use at home to assist with weight loss spot reduction.  Recommend it, show them how and win a patient for life.

Next up.  The basic information you’ll need to get started with massage guns.  

Here’s how to use a massage gun for quicker (and better) fat loss

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Okay, as promised, here’s the basic info you need to use a massage gun as a lymphatic booster, to get quicker and better fat loss. 

When to use

As a lymphatic booster treatment, administer to the treatment area immediately following each fat reduction treatment in a series.

Applicator Selection

Depending on the treatment area, use the Air Compression applicator or the Mushroom shape applicator (see images above).

Treatment Technique

Set on a low speed and/or low power setting. 

Use gentle one-way strokes toward the lymph node(s) in the treated area.

Apply minimal pressure, relying on the vibrations and pulsating pressure alone.

Treatment Time

This is meant as a very short duration treatment.

Use for no more than 1-2 minutes.

What to avoid

Avoid treating over bone and joints.

Do not treat over a contracted muscle.

Treatment should not cause pain or discomfort (though it may ‘tickle’).

You can see why a massage gun leads to quicker fat loss.  

And why adding a massage gun (or two or more) to your practice or business is an easy way to deliver the ultimate fat reduction results.  

We hope you’ve found this as exciting as we have and we hope you’ve gained helpful knowledge to grow your business.  That’s it for today, until next time, Beautiful Wishes.



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