Healthier Life

Massage Your Way to a Healthier Life

When it comes to massages, it is a shame to say that the feet, back, and shoulders take precedence over any other part of the body. This is because we normally associate massages with muscle pains or stiffness. We usually only seek a massage when our muscles cry out for it, but this shouldn’t be the only time we seek a massage. Massages increase blood flow throughout your body while maintaining lymphatic drainage. What’s lymphatic drainage, you ask? That’s your body’s way of pushing out toxins so that healthy nutrients can still make their way into your system. A good massage, in the right place of course, can help you have a healthy, shiny head of hair as well. Here are two areas of your body that deserve a good ol’ massage, parts of the body that are almost always ignored when you get a rub down.

The face

Massages on the face have a powerful effect on the look and feel of your skin. By rubbing rhythmically on your cheeks, chin, t-zone, and forehead, you can increase blood flow to your face while preventing wrinkles (if you massage upwards). Not only will this make your skin look younger and full of life, it is also very soothing, considering it is rarely touched in such a way.

Use your favorite moisturizer during your massage, and don’t be skimpy; really glob on the moisturizer. Place your moisturized hands horizontally at your neck and slowly massage upwards, moving up to your cheeks. Then, apply pressure to the area next to your eyes while rubbing your eye sockets for three minutes. Afterwards, use your index fingers to make circles on your forehead, from one side to the other. Finish off by rubbing your temples in a circular motion for a few minutes.

Try to massage your face every day for best results. If you have a skin condition, you should try to give your face a massage once every two or three days to avoid agitation.

The scalp

A scalp massage is one of my favorite things. Start by massaging your head (with all fingers) around the temples. Try not to scrub too hard or rub your hair together, as this will lead to messy tangles. In a circular motion, move towards the front of your head, then to your crown, working your way down the back of your head to the nape of your neck. Repeat this three or four times; the relaxation is outstanding.

Avoid fancy, gimmicky scalp massagers; they usually do very little but empty your wallet and tangle your hair. A normal soft toothed brush is also not recommended, although the pleasure of the soft bristles is wonderful.

For best effects, give yourself a scalp massage after you have washed your hair. Also, leave in the conditioner so that your hair is smooth and soft, reducing your chances of getting annoying tangles that cause more stress than the massage quells.