massage_wilmingtonGetting back from a weekend can be tiring –whether you’re a working woman, a mother or a house wife. So I think massage..? Soothing..? Skin..? How often? You know how the mind unravels, so coming back to the point yes – “Massage” a good session of which refreshes you like the chirpiness of a lemon soda on that hot summer day.

Massage stimulates sensory receptors: this can either stimulate or soothe nerves depending on the techniques used. It also stimulates the nervous system, helping promote relaxation and the reduction of stress. Massage helps to reduce pain by the release of endorphins (endorphins are also known to elevate the mood).

Massage can bring about improved circulation to the skin, increased nutrition to the cells and encouraging cell regeneration… increased production of sweat from the sweat glands, helping to excrete urea and waste products through the skin vasodilation of the surface capillaries helping to improve the skin’s colour improved elasticity of the skin increased sebum production, helping to improve the skin’s suppleness and resistance to infection. In order to understand the benefits and effects of massage, it is important to consider how the body responds physiologically. Massage involves two types of responses… mechanical responses as a result of pressure and movement as the soft tissues are manipulated reflex responses in which the nerves respond to stimulation. Massage can help increase joint mobility by reducing any thickening of the connective tissue. Massage improves muscle tone and balance, reducing the physical stress placed on bones and joints, relieves muscular tightness, stiffness, spasms and restrictions in the muscle tissue. It increases flexibility in the muscles due to muscular relaxation. It increases blood circulation bringing more oxygen and nutrients into the muscle. This reduces muscle fatigue and soreness.. helps temporarily to decrease blood pressure, due to dilation of capillaries decrease the heart rate due to relaxation. It is important that you use the right oil for skin massages. This will help to ensure that the skin’s texture and elasticity is improved as well as giving the skin a nourishing and softening treat. Good quality oil will not be absorbed into the skin too quickly, and will therefore last for the duration of the massage. Ensure that the oil you use contains ingredients and vitamins that are known to improve skin texture such as: Vitamin E.. Jojoba.. Sesame.. Primrose.. Almond.

Massage is not just for the body; this technique can also be used on the face as well, enabling you to improve skin texture on the face as well. Massaging your face should help to improve circulation and relieve puffiness, leaving you looking and feeling refreshed and revitalised. The type of oil you use will depend upon your skin type. Normal Skin can benefit from almond, sunflower or sesame oil.
• Dry Skin can benefit from apricot, avocado or wheat germ oil.
• Oily Skin can benefit from hazelnut, peach or thistle oil.

The oil should be applied to your face in firm upward strokes, and you should be careful to avoid getting the oil in your eyes. Using oil in a facial massage, as with a body massage, can help to lubricate your skin in order to make the massage easier. Plus, of course, the oil will absorb in to the skin and help to re-hydrate and rejuvenate it. The age old technique of massage, whether used on the body or the face, can have really noticeable soothing and healing effects upon the skin, and can be a valuable addition to your skin-care routine.

Ahh phoof.. Sufficient information for now, what do you think? Do send me your comments and feedback and remember! Stay Beautiful, Feel Beautiful!

Have a good day.

Redah Misbah Qureshi
Creative Director
Depilex – Beauty Clinic & Institute