When most people think of a massage, they associate it with a way to relieve stress, reduce pain, and relax the body. However, massage can also help you restore your natural beauty with anti-aging benefits while increasing happiness and boosting your libido. Getting a massage should be on your regular self-care routine, right along with exercising and getting your nails done. It is one of the best ways to practice self-love and give yourself a quick reset from the inside out, head to toe.
Getting a massage decreases lymphatic buildup and increases oxygen with vibrant blood flow to your skin cells. Specific techniques that accelerate lymph flow can help improve circulation, reduce inflammation, promote detox to your cells, and improve skin texture. All of the kneading and stroking gently removes the top layer of dead skin cells. Your skin naturally exfoliates with massage, and it helps stimulate the oil glands to balance oil production. This results in an improvement in skin condition and skin regeneration, which naturally helps give you a healthy, youthful glow.
Don’t let your massage therapist forget your face and head for added benefits. Facial massage increases collagen and elastin production, the natural plumping agents, which means a firmer and healthier complexion. Boosting collagen and elastin is a key way for the skin to look younger. I like to spend extra time on the face and head when working on my clientele. There are many massage techniques that can help sculpt and tone the muscles of the face and improve skin tone. The face has many pressure points, and not only does facial massage feel good, but it also leaves you looking much more refreshed and awake.
The beauty benefits of massage extend beyond the skin. A scalp massage gently stimulates the scalp to increase the blood flow. This can promote hair growth and feels incredible at the same time. A scalp massage is also great for headaches when targeting pressure points. With my clientele, I leave the best for last and I usually end with the scalp and ears.
Massage is also a great way for us to stay connected with our bodies. After a massage, most people experience a renewed energy, improvement in workouts and recovery, and reduction of fatigue. Massage promotes our entire endocrine system and digestive system to rest and work better. It can also help improve sleep patterns, reduce insomnia related to stress, and improve mood. I always tell my clients that one hour in deep relaxation with a massage makes up for about four hours of sleep. We all have such packed schedules and lives and can use a little extra beauty sleep, or at least look like we got it.
From my professional experience, a massage can help promote happiness and increase libido. The relaxation from a good massage has been proven to relieve anxiety, at the same time increasing dopamine levels and serotonin levels. These hormones can naturally help us feel happy and help with stress and depression. Stress has been attributed to be the most common and likely cause of low sex drive. Regular massages can reduce stress levels as measured by lowered cortisol levels. The higher the level of cortisol, the more testosterone is produced in the body. Why not reap all the benefits of massage by adding a happier life and better libido to the list?
With so many of us living a hectic life and searching for the fountain of youth, it is important to take a moment and stay connected to who we are from the inside out. If we take care of and nourish our bodies and love ourselves, we can live our best life. Massage can provide an overall benefit to a person’s self-esteem and well-being, and a magical way to stay grounded through our life’s journey. The benefits of feeling and looking more rejuvenated will start to show in our glow—that is the real key to radiating beauty!
Sophie Lonsinger has been a massage therapist and bodyworker for over 13 years and has extensive training in various modalities. Her expertise has led her to travel around the world sharing her passion for healing and educating others. Sophie’s clientele consists of many professional athletes and celebrities. She utilizes her vast knowledge to customize bodywork for each individual she works with. Follow her on Instagram @consciouslivingbysophie.
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