Dr. Martin Blankenship is a Chiropractor practicing in St Petersburg, FL. Dr. Blankenship specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating conditions associated with the neuromusculoskeletal system, while improving each patients functionality and quality of life. Conditions treated include sciatica, neck pain, and arthritis... more
A survey of individuals that had received a massage within the last 12 months was completed. When surveyed, 67% of recipients identified the main reasons they scheduled a massage was either medical or stress-related (American Massage Therapy Association). While the benefits are numerous and varied, few recipients appeared to understand just how much of an impact a massage can have on the health of their skin. While not traditionally used to renew, repair and heal skin, when you’re in the hands of a highly skilled massage therapist, you’ll undoubtedly see improvements in your skin as well.
Reducing Stress to Fight Effects of Time
Stress wreaks havoc on your entire body and immune system, and as your immune system weakens and your body begins to wear under the mounting stress, it can have an effect on your skin. Your skin is one huge organ. It’s important to treat it as such and engage in activities that help relax and refresh it. Massage works to reduce tension in the muscles, skin and adjoining tissues while also working to reduce stress, by reducing the body’s production of cortisol. By managing stress you can improve the health of your skin and reduce other related complications such as dark spots, excessively dry skin and even the buildup of skin in your pores.
Stimulating Blood Flow to the Face
Any type of massage will help stimulate your blood flow and increase circulation which has particularly positive benefits to the health of your face. Gently rubbing and kneading your skin can help your face look radiant and healthy. Experts even say that massage can help firm loose skin, encourage lymphatic drainage to remove toxins and add vitality and freshness to a dull complexion. When combined with some additional treatments such as an exfoliating mask or heat mask, you can clear away dead skin cells and hydrate your skin for a lasting, glowing effect.