The Health Benefits of Massage

I love to relax; and as life grows busier in the Vitality Kitchen, self care has become numero uno on the agenda. While sleep is my form of meditation, massages are a luxury that I also allow myself to indulge in. Hey, standing for 8 hours a day, sometimes 7 days a week, warrants a rub down here and there.

Today’s guest post is all about the benefits of massage; because in this go-go-go world, slowing down is always welcome.


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The Health Benefits of Massage: The Key to Gorgeous Skin

Beautiful, glowing skin is the ultimate dream for many women and men across the world. In fact, it’s been reported that $426billion is spent every year on beauty products in the United States alone. It feels like every week there’s a new ‘must-have’ skin treatment which promises to delay ageing and give out a youthful glow. Let’s be honest. This is exhausting.

The key to achieving noticeably different skin doesn’t have to be a chore. For thousands of years, people have been using the art of massage to revitalise and rejuvenate their bodies. A study by the Huffington Post showed that massages have the capacity to relieve depression, improve sleep quality, and boost immunity. All of these factors are absolutely key in achieving and maintaining great skin. Furthermore, facial massages have the capacity to increase blood flow and encourage lymphatic drainage; all of which can contribute to skin looking tired and dull.

Massage is a fantastic way to relax and unwind from the stresses of everyday living. However, they’ve long known that there are numerous health benefits to achieving the perfect massage.

Here are our top tips on the best way to achieve gorgeous skin through the art of massage. You might even be able to try some of these techniques in your own time.

  • Hot Stone Therapy

Hot Stone Therapy has been around for thousands of years; helping people to relax their muscles and reduce stress. Contrary to popular belief, the hot stones can either be placed on specific areas on the body or where the individual feels the most strain. Most commonly, however, the hot stones are used in conjunction with warm body oil which is massaged into the arms, legs, and torso.

There are numerous benefits to Hot Stone Therapy. The heat from the stones help to open up the skin’s pores and promote deep relaxation throughout the body. Additionally, the residual heat relaxes the muscles and can help to relieve pain and tension. Quite often, the hot stones can be placed over tendons and strained ligaments to provide soothing comfort.

For us, however, one of the great things about Hot Stone Massage is the benefits it gives to your skin. Through massage, your masseuse is able to break down the toxins in your body and purify your system. When people feel relaxed and they’ve undergone detoxification, their skin instantly looks clearer and glowy. The oil is also great for moisturising your skin and acting as a barrier against environmental pollution.

What’s not to love?

  • Aromatherapy 

The key to a good massage is being able to invigorate all of the senses. Aromatherapy, as the name suggests, is all about tantalising your sense of scent and touch. One of the ways this is achieved is usually through lavender oil. The oil, warmed through the masseuse’s hands, is massaged into the body and left for enough time to be fully absorbed by the skin. This has a wonderfully calming effect on the muscles and allows the receiver to feel supremely tranquil.

Given that massage is often intended to break down the toxins in the body, people can often feel very thirsty after their massage. To combat this problem, it’s encouraged that individuals drink as much water as possible (avoiding stimulants like caffeine and alcohol). As we all know, water is the most natural way to give skin a healthy and beautiful glow. In this sense, aromatherapy massage is doubly effective in giving people the skin they’ve always wanted.

  • Thai Massage 

Thai Massage has been actively practiced for thousands of years and is internationally known for its healing and rejuvenating properties. It’s somewhat different to Western massage techniques, like Swedish massage, specifically in that it requires the recipient to be actively involved. Thai massage is commonly compared to a form of yoga, for example. In this respect, Thai massage is incredibly good for the skin. Any type of exercise releases endorphins into the body; sweating is also extremely important for the body to expel toxins.

Thai massage is based on the principle that the muscles need to be stretched and worked in order for the body to be healthy. Once the massage is finished, individuals often rave about how relaxed and revitalised their body feels. Once you feel happy on the inside, then it’ll definitely show on the outside!

  • Ayurvedic Massage

Ayurvedic Massage originates from Ancient India and is practiced to promote blood circulation and inner well-being. This is a more gentle form of massage and helps to make residents feel more relaxed. Here is a good description of Ayurvedic Massage and its numerous benefits:

‘’ Oil massage should be resorted to daily.  It wards of old age, exertion and old age and aggravation of vat. It bestows good vision, nourishment to the body, long life, good sleep, good and strong healthy skin. It should be done specifically to the feet, head, ears and palms.’’

- Astanga Hrdayam

In this sense, Ayurveda is a fantastic way to reinforce the natural barriers of the human body through massage and contact. It’s also wonderful because it can be enjoyed by people of all ages; there really are no limits on who can enjoy this type of massage. Additionally, Ayurveda massage doesn’t just focus on the torso like other traditional treatments. A lot of attention is devoted to pampering the hands and feet; the two places where stress often manifest the quickest. Therefore, this ancient massage from India is a wonderful method of keeping skin soft and supple.

  • The Key to Gorgeous Skin

We’ve done our best to research the best massage therapy treatments which benefit you and your skin. Everyone loves a good pampering and there’s no reason why great skin care has to be laborious. So, next time you think about spending a fortune on the latest beauty must-have, treat yourself to a relaxing massage. After all, you deserve it.

This blog was written by Rachel Jensen for Pearl London. Visit Pearl London online today to learn more about their fantastic massage treatments for men, women, and couples.

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