Massage, Stress and Your Skin

Just as termites can undermine an entire structure, stress can undermine your physical and mental health. The results  of stress often show up on your skin. They manifest in the form of skin conditions such as acne, hives, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, warts, cold sores and blisters. Chronic stress wreaks havoc on your immune system. A compromised immune system provides fertile ground for the seeds of adverse skin conditions. Whilst many skin care products can treat the problem from the outside, they only deal with the symptoms of stress. Mind-body exercise techniques such as Clinical Pilates, along with relaxation methods such as massage get to the root cause of the problem.

The Fight or Flight Response and Your Skin

During stressful situations, your body’s “fight-or-flight” mechanism  directs the flow of blood and nutrients to the areas of the body considered vital for  stress management.  In doing so, it withdraws circulation responding from regions considered non-essential, such as the skin.

Frequent “fight-or-flight” situations starve your  skin of both blood and oxygen, rendering it dull and lifeless, less supple, less hydrated and susceptible  to clogged pores and breakouts. Stress  also undermines digestion, and poor digestion adversely affects skin health. Faulty digestions interferes with nutrient absorption, as well as the elimination of toxic impurities.

Symptoms of Stress-Related Skin Conditions

Stress-related skin conditions often manifest as:

  • Inflammation
  • Allergic reactions
  • Redness
  • Rash
  • Skin that is hot to the touch
  • Breakouts
  • Blisters
  • Dry, itchy patches

Massage Is “Better Than Botox,” Says the Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal –

(http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424127887323501004578388950896385688) – interviewed elites skin care and makeup expert Abigail James, who said that:

“By relaxing muscles and connective tissue, massaging the face softens expression-induced lines around your eyes, lips and brows, helps expel acne-causing toxins and de-puffs and brightens the eye area. It also increases circulation, oxygenating the blood and encouraging the presence of fresh, healing red blood cells.”

Massage Has Beauty Benefits, Says Women’s Health Magazine

Women’s Health Magazine (http://www.womenshealthmag.com/beauty/massage-benefits) interviewed New York City skin care expert Kim Ahnert who explained that:

“Massage increases blood flow, which plumps up slack skin, encourages lymphatic drainage (the shuttling of toxins out and away from cells so that more nutrients can travel in), and adds vitality to a dull complexion and lackluster hair.”

Get Beautiful Skin With Perth Massage Therapy

Although the two interviewed experts targeted facial massage benefits, it takes a full body massage to induce total body relaxation. Our Perth massage therapy practitioners can help enhance your skin’s natural beauty. No Botox required!

Call Happy Physio on (08) 9272 7359 today and try our massage therapy in Perth.