Professional massage should be recommended on a regular basis to the entire population, as if it was a sport, due to its multiple benefits that it exerts on the skin and, through it, on the entire organism.
This ancient technique, praised by Hippocrates, allows to act on the deepest skin layers that, in turn, are directly linked to the blood vessels, the sebaceous glands, the central nervous system and other areas of the body. Therefore, the benefits of massage go far beyond aesthetic or relaxing issues (also enormously beneficial for health) and are noticed in the rest of the body, either directly or not.
The massage produces multiple and important effects on the skin, both aesthetic and physiological, which can be immediate, mid and long term.
Immediate effects of massage on the skin
By exerting pressure on the skin surface, the body temperature rises by 2 to 3 ºC, with the consequent activation of the blood supply and an increase in the oxygen level in treated areas (local hyperaemia), which benefits many processes in the soft tissues and provides a healthy appearance to the skin.
Dead cells are removed from the hot layer of the epidermis and, with them, the microorganisms that live on the skin's surface and the dirt particles (dust, grease, etc.) that clog the pores of the skin.
Improves the functioning of the sebaceous glands, helping to prevent the excessive production of sebum that is the main cause of acne and the fearsome blackheads.
The lymphatic system is reactivated, and its draining effect is notably improved. These benefits help eliminate fluid stagnation caused by accumulation of metabolic waste in the tissues and move localized fat to facilitate its exit from the body through venous and lymphatic flow.
It is possible to calm or eliminate muscle contractures, relieving pain and contributing to the wellbeing of the person receiving the massage.
Medium and long-term effects of massage on the skin
The effects of massage on people can also be seen in the medium and long term. The most notable are:
The skin is smoother, more elastic, and revitalized, with a softer texture and a more youthful appearance. Peripheral vasodilation triggers hyperaemia in muscles and all skin layers, helping to reduce fat deposits in very localized areas. Thanks to these benefits of skin massage, it is possible to reduce or combat cellulite and visibly improve the appearance of the most problematic areas of the body.
It is possible to increase the elasticity, volume, resistance, strength and working capacity of the muscles.
Nerve endings that abound on the skin surface are anesthetized. These, in turn, ensure that the nervous system produces an analgesic effect throughout the body and induces a psychic relaxation of the person receiving the massage, providing a deep sense of general wellbeing.
Increases the supply of nutrients to the deeper tissues, interstitial fluids circulate again, and cellular metabolism is stimulated.
The muscles relax, and the nervous system is harmonized, with consequent improvements in states of tension, anxiety, insomnia, and general nervousness.
As you’ve seen, the effects of massage on the skin are many and varied. It is a great complement to the day-to-day activities that people should consider. Surely, if you know other good benefits or want to share your experience, you can leave a comment. If you have never had a massage before, we've got you covered: check our previous post with 17 things to know before going to get a massage!
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