The Power of relaxation with face massage
Our modern world of everyday stressors have most of us feeling overwhelmed anxious and busy busy busy, people are becoming disillusioned with the traditional health care system that looks at the body as a machine, forgetting we as humans are more than our bodies.
Don't get me wrong, traditional medicine has its place, its vital and life saving, but many people are exploring a preventative approach to relieving stress for their health and skin with alternative healing modalities and self care techniques becoming mainstream. One of those techniques is face massage which has many benefits.
Stress, Skin & Premature Aging
When we are stressed we are too busy to really look after ourselves, we tend to drink less water and more caffeine. We sleep less, skip parts of our skin care routine and exercise less and every little bit adds up and takes a toll.
Stress can rob our inner and outer beauty. Blood vessels constrict, stress hormones are released, blood is channelled away from the skin and digestion and towards muscles and other organs. Our skin is deprived of oxygen and nutrients, the essential elements for healthy skin. Our muscles tense, we feel tired and drained, we notice a change in skin moisture, our skin loses that rosy glow and a less than happy expressions begins to form.
Stress is a big risk factor to premature aging, new research even supports the notion that high levels of stress somehow speeds up the aging process.
Stress is inevitable, but we can choose to take responsibility and ease our stress with relaxing self care techniques such as face massage, this is something we can do for ourselves. We can fit face massage into our daily skin care routine.
Face Muscles Stress, Emotions &face massage
The face is our primary organ of emotional expression, the way we express our state of being, for example frowning or tensing our jaw, sets itself in these muscles, becoming muscle memory, our current stressors can stimulate these muscular patterns that hold our emotions, even the ones we try and repress.
We get used to the tension in our muscles and no longer are aware of the holding pattern. Relaxation and face massage helps to dissolve and remove this tension, creating space for muscles to relax and helping to release held emotional energy.
Stress Mind body & Soul
As we learn that stress is a major cause of ill health and many skin conditions. Harvard school of medicine recognises the mind-skin connection as a field called “psychodermatology". This shows that science is catching up with the ancient traditions of the mind and body connection. Traditional people saw a unified system of energy, that mind body and soul are one and cant be separated. Each is affected by the other. Stress can block these inner healing energies, causing imbalances in the body.
Face massage and touch goes beyond our physical body, working on the mind, emotion and soul energy that flow through specific channels called Meridians
We can work on moving this energy by massaging certain points on our bodies, including the face neck and head. Working with the body's own healing energies, used in therapies such as acupressure, acupuncture and facial reflexology.
Face Massage & Stress
A study published in the Journal of Biomedical Research showed a 45-minute face massage reduced anxiety and alleviated negative mood in healthy adult women.
The research revealed that nervous system activity in the Parasympathetic system was activated during the facial massage. The Parasympathetic nervous system is responsible for bringing body and mind into a relaxed state, the body's natural state of healing and rejuvenation. The study also showed that anxiety and negative mood decreased after the treatment, and a sense of being refreshed was experienced.
The Parasympathetic nervous system allows the bodies muscles to relax and facial tension to release. Over time the relaxing factor of a face massage brings relief to furrowed brows or worried expressions, softening and smoothing our mood and face.
So we see that Facial massage is not just a beauty treatment, it works on more than the surface of the skin but at a deeper level with the nervous system and healing energies to relax the body and mind. Releasing stress and tension and improving mood. You can add a facial massage to your facial routine and for an extra boost visit a practitioner regularly, that specialises in facial massage to nourish your inner and outer glow.