Benefits of a Facial Massage
Facial massage can be a stand-alone massage or can be incorporated into a longer full-body experience. The face is full of nerves and pleasure points that make this particular form of a pampering an easy favorite. Whether you are looking for a quick midday pick-me-up or a soothing escape, the luxury of massage is easily justified by some of its more practical benefits.
Facial massage decreases anxiety and can improve a negative mood, according to a study conducted by the User Science Institute. Psychological tests administered after 45 minutes of facial massage showed significant improvements in both mood and anxiety levels. A relaxing facial massage may just help reduce psychological distress.
Daily stress often results in tension building up in specific muscles. Foreheads furrow and lines form between the brows and along the lip line. Gentle, routine facial massage can help relax these tight and drawn muscles, decreasing the lines that they form. Massage combined with a hydrating moisturizer can also help minimize lines and dryness.
Relieves Sinus Congestion in Allergies
While therapeutic massage shouldn't be used for sinus infection without medical approval, it can aid in relieving allergy symptoms. A buildup of mucus in the sinus areas can result in pressure, puffiness and headaches. Steam inhalation and gentle massage helps to mobilize secretions, improve drainage and relieve congestion.
Detoxifies the Body
The lymphatic system plays a key role in health. Lymph is a clear fluid that removes toxins from the body. It's filtered through the lymph nodes, then moves into the blood stream where toxins can be eliminated. Muscle movement is needed to push lymph fluid through the body. A lack of movement can result in a sluggish lymphatic system and a buildup of toxins. Many lymph nodes are scattered throughout the facial area, especially along the edge of chin and jawline. Massaging the face stimulates the lymphatic vessels and facilitates toxin elimination from the facial area.
Here is a video of some facial massage exercises that you can practice to tone and improve your skin.