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How Massage Can Help Keep Skin Looking Nice

Written by: Julieta Hernandez Date of published: . Posted in Articles, Massage Therapy

Who doesn’t love a good massage? The soothing music playing in the background, the scent of essential oils wafting in the air, the relaxing work being done on your body. It’s the perfect escape from our busy and hectic lives, something that we all need these days. Massage can help relax your muscles, ease your mind, and rejuvenate your body. However, another benefit of massage that isn’t always highlighted is its effect on the skin.

Here Are Four Ways Massage Can Help Keep Your Skin Looking Nice.

1. Stimulates Circulation

The act of massage, of kneading muscle and moving joints, gets your blood flowing and increases circulation. So, why is this good for your skin? Well, increased circulation means that more nourishment is getting to your skin. In turn, it also means that impurities are being carried away from your skin. This results in healthier skin.

2. Stimulates Sebum Production

Sebum is the oily, waxy substance that lubricates our hair and skin, especially on the face and scalp. A good massage can help stimulate the glands that produce sebum. This can increase moisture to your skin and also help things like antioxidants and vitamin E come to the surface of your skin and do their jobs to help your skin feel healthy.

3. Relaxes the Nerves and Muscles

A good facial massage can do wonders for the skin, partially because it can go a long way toward relaxing your nerves and muscles. It’s no secret that calming those nerves and muscles that run along your face can help you look better. Hyperactive nerves can result in annoying tics and relaxing those nerves through massage can calm the tics. Massage also sends a signal through your nerves to your muscles that it’s okay to calm down. This is usually reflected in healthier skin that isn’t distorted by tension.

4. Releases Toxins

If you’ve ever had a massage, your massage therapist probably handed you a glass of water at the end of your session and encouraged you to drink lots of water. This is because massage physically breaks down toxic substances in your body. Those toxins then enter your blood stream and get carried to the liver and kidneys where they are prepared for excretion. Drinking lots of water ensures that you will get those substances out of your body. Flushing out these toxins can do wonders for your skin and leave it looking more balanced and healthy.

If you’re considering setting up an appointment for a massage, don’t hesitate. Not only can a great massage relax your muscles and bring some peace to your busy mind, but it can also do a lot to help your skin look its best. The condition of our skin can do a lot to age us, or to help us look younger. Refreshed, balanced, relaxed skin is just one of the many perks of massage.

How Massage Can Help You Stay Healthy And Physically Active

Written by: Julieta Hernandez Date of published: . Posted in Articles, Massage Therapy

If you have ever had a really good massage, you know how relaxing it can be, and how good it can feel. Have you ever wondered about the additional health benefits a quality massage can bring? A massage is not only a pleasurable experience, but it also has real health benefits. A massage can help you stay healthy and physically active. For some people a massage is part of their regular wellness and exercise routine.

A Regular Massage Reduces Stress and Improves Health

When asked about the main cause of over-eating in their life, most people admit that they are stress eaters. Stress is also a contributor to immune system depletion, which can make it easier for illness to invade the body. A soothing massage’s main benefit is the reduction and release of stress. The entire massage experience with the comfortable table, the darkened room, and the soothing music is a stress reducer. Include, on top of that, the therapeutic manipulation of your body’s soft tissues by the skilled hands of a massage therapist, and you have a recipe for total stress relief.

Increase Your Body Awareness

Body awareness is a person’s ability to be aware of what is going on with their body and understand how it moves through and balances in space. Regular massages help increase a person’s body awareness. The majority of people go through their lives with little to no body awareness. They ignore (or give very little thought to) what they consume, how they treat their body, and any warning signs it may throw at them.

A massage forces a person to slow down and listen to their body. A massage makes a person more aware of the aches, pains, and signals that their body is sending them. This understanding and awareness of what is happening to your body and the signals it is sending you is a positive effect of regular massage. Body awareness through massage helps people take better care of themselves and improve their overall health.

Stay More Physically Active

Whether they do it or not, everyone knows that regular exercise is important to maintaining a healthy life. Most people, however, will come up with every excuse under the sun, such as sore muscles, low energy, or a general ill feeling, to get out of exercising. Massage can help people overcome the muscular pains and low energy levels to help them maintain regular physical activity.

There is real science behind the health benefits of massage. Blood flow to the joints and muscles is increased during massage. A massage also causes the body to release opioids, which are the body’s natural pain killers. With a decrease in pain and an increase in the repair and healing of muscles and joints, the body is able to more easily sustain physical activity.

No longer should a massage be seen as a decadent luxury for the rich and spoiled. Massage has real health benefits. Massage reduces stress (a pre-cursor to weakness and illness) and allows the body to relax and slow down, which increases overall body awareness. By assisting with healing, muscle repair, and pain management a regular massage will also help people stay more fit by allowing them to maintain a greater level of physical activity.