The Healing Powers of Massage Therapy: Benefits of Facial Massage September 06, 2016 11:25

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While conventional medicine does not list massage therapy as a cure-all, it does not deny the healing capabilities of a good massage. Especially if a patient is suffering from arthritis, fibromyalgia, stress-related insomnia or anxiety, massage therapy can make a remarkable effect to the body. The healing powers of massage therapy goes beyond just a beauty treatment.

In 2012, a study in Science Medicine suggested that a 10-minute Swedish-style massage can reduce inflammation of muscles and joints. This should be followed by a series of exercises to make muscles recover.

Alyce Giorgi, a licensed massage therapist commented that “Touch was the first thing [human beings] ever did. We didn’t know anything, we couldn’t even speak. But we touched each other — and it’s the oldest form of healing on the planet”.

Massage therapy comes in various forms. One of the most popular is facial massage.

Benefits of facial massage

For sure, you have heard that it takes more muscles to frown than to smile. Whether this is anatomically correct or not, one thing is sure, we have facial muscles that should be taken care of.

Our face has several nerves and pleasure points. Sometimes, you feel your face is too tight. Or, you feel some portions of your face tend to twitch. In most stressful situations, you feel like areas of your face feel numb.

Do not overlook these conditions. It is a reminder that your face needs some pampering too. While facial massage sounds a luxury, there are more to it than just a personal treat.

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Here are some health benefits of taking regular facial massage:

Get you in a better moodA good facial massage, which lasts from 30 to 45 minutes, can reduce anxiety and stress levels. The soothing massage plus relaxing oils and fragrances used can give your mind a rest from the stress of the day.

Stress can make areas of your face tight. This is the reason why lines are forming on your forehead, between the brows, around the corner of the eyes and along the lip line. Instead of taking surgery, regular massage can relax the tight muscles in these areas. With the help of moisturizers and aromatic oil, it can help to prevent skin dryness too.

Help alleviate nasal congestion: If you have sinusitis or colds, a quick facial massage can curb the congestion. When mucus build up in the sinus area, it can cause pressure, headache and difficulty in breathing. Gentle massage can help reduce the irritation.