The Benefits of Facial Massage

August 30, 2011
The House of Healing

Healing begins with an aromatic bath and daily massage” Hippocrates
Facial massage is good for many reasons. 1. Massage helps to exfoliate the skin, taking away dirt and dead skin cells which make the skin look dull. 2. Massage increases the circulation of blood to the face, and improves circulation making the skin more nourished, creating a healthy glow. 3. Massage improves the elasticity of the skin, thereby removing the wrinkles and fine lines that are associated with ageing. Massage is not just for the body and the limbs, it can also be done on the face, and facial massage is touted to be one of the best anti-ageing treatments ever.
Massage, in whatever form, loosens the muscles; assists with pain and strain, relaxes the body and calms the mind. A good massage, done regularly helps to stimulate the release of feel-good hormones known as endorphins. It also improves the circulation of blood within the body and makes the elimination of wastes from the body more efficient.
A Facial Massage is the ultimate anti-aging treatment! When you first get up in the morning your face probably looks paler, puffier, and more creased than usual. You can blame some of the creases on the pillow you slept on, but the lack of colour and tone are the result of a nocturnal slow down in circulation.

When the body is in a deep rest it puts the brakes on the systems that pump blood and lymph around the body. At night, when the lymph drainage of toxins, and the tissues slow down, the waste builds up. Puffiness around the face, particularly the eyes in the morning, is just one of the more obvious signs of this; likewise, the relative pallor that follows the nocturnal slow down in blood circulation

It is not only sleep that slows down circulation. During the day, lack of exercise, poor nutrition, shallow breathing and over exposure to pollution – all hazards of modern living – slow the drainage of lymph and flow of blood.

Facial Massage via exercise jump-starts both. A pinker glow is the obvious testament to improved blood flow. This is why a monthly facial is so beneficial. An acceleration in lymph action is less visible, but you can assume that if your face is a richer colour the lymph has also been stimulated, since it vessels run closer to the surface of the skin. A fluid lymph system shows in a resilient immune system and a bright complexion. Half of the lymph nodes in the body are in the neck, so unblocking them has an immediate effect on the facial skin.

When you press or squeeze any part of your body, it increases circulation to that area. The face responds particularly well to touch as it is packed with small, sensitive muscle and so richly endowed with nerve endings.
Tension, and to a certain extent age, causes the connective tissue between the layers of the facial skin and the facial muscle to become less supple over time. As a result habitual expressions such as frown lines, rigid jaws, pursed lips and staring eyes tend to become set as part of the fabric of the face. The gentle pressure of a facial massage can loosen up the facial muscle and allow them to learn to slide back into place more readily after being tensed. The cumulative effect is such that with repeated treatment your face will be left looking relaxed, and therefore younger. Also, because massage stimulates circulation to the face, your complexion will be toned and glowing.

The muscles of the face are extremely delicate. Massage can be tremendously beneficial. Facial massage results in fair and smooth skin. The skin’s elasticity also replenishes. It becomes more translucent and it has a healthy glow.

Margaret Bercea – Aesthetician

No comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *