Massage is known around the world to relieve stress, tension, and pain, but the benefits don’t stop there. Besides physical and emotional rejuvenation, massage therapy can revive your aesthetic as well. There are several ways a regular rub down can help you be the most beautiful you:
Firmer, More Radiant Skin
Ever wonder why a facial always comes with a face massage? It’s because gentle kneading increases blood flow and helps get rid of dead skin cells. This eliminates dullness and brings a fresh, bright look to you complexion.
Massage also increases lymphatic drainage. This helps move harmful toxins out of cells so vital nutrients can move in. This results in younger, firmer looking skin. Massaging in an upward motion can also help eliminate fine lines and draw the facial tissue upwards. There’s no need to spend tons of money on expensive serums and creams when a good facial massage is the best way to have youthful, glowing skin.
Scalp massages are often overlooked, but if you’ve ever had one, you know just how blissful they can be. Trichologist Elizabeth Cunnane-Phillips says that “the health and vitality of your scalp is the foundation of your hair’s growth and health,” which is why it’s so important to start at the scalp when aiming for healthier hair. The increased blood flow created by massage can help hair grow faster and stronger, and also alleviates dandruff.
Decreased Water Retention
Many of us have dealt with water retention, and the symptoms can range from mild bloating and ill-fitting clothing to more severe and painful swelling. There are many causes of water retention, both medical and lifestyle, and these include: excess salt intake, dehydration, inadequate diet, inactivity, pregnancy, heart problems, edema and even serious hormonal imbalances. You should always have excess swelling checked out by a medical professional if it doesn’t go away on its own in a few days.
The good news is, no matter the cause of excess water retention and swelling, massage therapy can be a big help. Stimulating movement in a localized area increases blood flow, which helps veins and capillaries carry away excess fluid, and sometimes massage can even “milk” excess fluid up toward the heart, in cases of extreme swelling.
It may sound too good to be true, but science confirms it: massage therapy is a useful and powerful tool to aid weight loss. Regular rub downs promote healing and prevent injuries and pain, which helps keep you in the gym and feeling good. Massage also improves range of motion, flexibility, and muscle recovery time. Increased blood flow all over your body puts your muscles into restorative mode, and also increases their oxygen and nutrient absorption, which helps them grow stronger and burn more calories.
A Smile Goes A Long Way
Let’s not forget the beauty benefits of one of the simplest, and increasingly rare, gestures: a smile. A massage can make your day better in so many ways, which will lead to you feeling better, which means a big grin on your face. Everyone looks better when they’re smiling.
Just remember to be safe and cautious at all times. If you are going to pay for a massage, make sure that your therapist is licensed in your state. If you plan on trying out some self-massage, discuss it with your physician first, and make sure to to look up accredited instructional videos online. Also, don’t forget that any kind of massage needs an oil or lotion. Massaging dry skin will lead to redness, irritation, and even pain, so don’t forget a moisturizer, even if you’re massaging your face or scalp.
And lastly, don’t forget that you are beautiful just the way you are.