How Massage Can Help Keep Skin Looking Nice

Written by Julieta Hernandez , 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.

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Julieta Hernandez

Julieta is the owner of Matrix Spa & Massage in Salt Lake City, UT. She and her staff pride themselves on providing the best massages in a truly comfortable and relaxed environment.

Massage Therapy FAQ’s

The law always requires that you be appropriately covered with sheets or towels to keep you comfortable and warm. If you start feeling uncomfortable or exposed, speak up. Your therapist will respect your wishes and work with you to make the massage session a comfortable one.
No, only undress as much as you are comfortable with. Some people prefer undressing completely, while others prefer to keep undergarments on. You'll have privacy in your massage room to undress before the session and redress afterwards.
It depends on your massage therapy goals. Some people get a monthly massage to manage stress or to prevent health problems. Others opt for weekly sessions if they need relief from injuries and chronic tension.
Licensing and certification mean that the massage therapist can legally practice massage in your city or state. To get this license, they must have performed several hours of training at an accredited school, past the extensive licensure exam, and have paid any relevant licensing fees.
Every insurance plan works a little differently, so your best bet is to contact your insurer directly. Some plans do cover alternative therapies including chiropractic and massage. You will likely need a doctor's prescription first. If you don't have health insurance, or if it doesn't cover massage therapy, you can find massage therapy coupons and discounts on our site.
How much depends on how pleased you are with the service and how much the massage costs (the full price, not any discounted fees). One easy trick is to think about how you would tip a waiter after a similarly priced restaurant meal. This is often 15-20% or more if you received exceptional service.
Let your massage therapist know before the session if there are areas on your body that you don't want to be touched. They will have the training and experience to give you a therapeutic massage while working around ticklish or sensitive places like your feet or abdomen.
Yes, absolutely. You should always speak up if something is uncomfortable. Secondly, keep the lines of communication open during deep tissue massage or sports injury massages. Your therapist needs the feedback to work on you properly and without aggravating an injury. On the other hand, if you are looking for relaxation, it's often best not to talk unless necessary. This lets your mind as well as your body release tension. With the right mindful breathing technique, you may even achieve a stress relieving meditative state during the massage.
Most likely, unless your doctor says otherwise. Prenatal massage can reduce and relieve common pregnancy issues like lower and upper back pain, sciatic nerve irritation, swelling, tension headaches, heartburn and constipation, and more. Let your massage therapist know that you're pregnant so they can use the right techniques during the session.

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