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Facial Massage: The Secret to Younger-Looking Skin

There are so many creams and other products on the market that claim to be the secret to anti-aging, not to mention all the surgery options some people resort to for younger-looking skin. Some people even swear by facial exercises to keep your skin wrinkle-free. Well we’ve got a better and much more relaxing solution for you – facial massage.

What is facial massage?

Most styles of massage are designed to target the muscles and tissues deep under our skin, but these techniques also work the skin at the same time. You wouldn’t want this same kind of pressure on your face where there are more delicate areas, so facial massage uses many of the same massage techniques you’re used to but in a gentler, softer way.

Mostly using the pads of our fingertips, facial massage involves circular motions and smoothing straight lines. The treatment mainly targets the chin and jawline, cheeks, forehead and temples, and the area underneath your eyes.

Let’s look at some of the benefits of facial massage…

Releases muscle tension

We know to stretch our muscles before and after exercise, but we don’t often think about all the little muscles in our face that are constantly working to make us smile, frown, and chew our food. These muscles can hold a lot of tension, which contributes towards lines and wrinkles. A facial massage helps to relieve this tension and prevent wrinkles.

Reduces puffiness

Does your face look a little puffy after a bad night’s sleep or when you eat the wrong types of food? This is common, but facial massage is here to help. Massage improves circulation to the skin and stimulates the lymphatic vessels, which helps to draw out toxins. It also helps to get rid of the excess fluid that leads to bags and dark circles under your eyes.

Makes skin look younger and smoother

Another benefit of facial massage is that it stimulates collagen production. That’s one of the things celebrities get injected into their faces to make them look younger. Your body naturally produces collagen, but this declines as we age. By stimulating collagen production, facial massage helps our skin become more elastic, reducing wrinkles and making it smoother-looking.

It’s really relaxing

As well as all the benefits for your skin, a facial massage is a nice, relaxing treatment. So, not only does it feel great, but it can also relieve stress and anxiety, treat headache symptoms, and help you get a better night’s sleep.

You can practice some facial massage techniques at home on your own face, but if you want to sit back and enjoy a relaxing treatment from a trained professional in Winston Salem, then book an appointment with Moonstone Massage. We also offer traditional facials to cleanse and tone your skin – a great companion treatment to your facial massage. Get in touch to find out more.

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How Reflexology Can Help Reduce Anxiety and Other Common Issues

Mental health issues are becoming more and more common among people of all ages and from all walks of life. Luckily, awareness of them is also improving, as are the different ways to treat and manage them. Problems like anxiety can be treated with prescription medications, but a lot of people prefer more natural methods, which can even be more effective. Let’s look at how reflexology can improve symptoms of anxiety as well as some other benefits it offers for our mind and body.

Reflexology for anxiety

Reflexology is a holistic treatment that targets specific trigger points around the body, mostly in the feet, hands, and ears. Massaging these points can positively affect other areas of your body. You can read more about reflexology and how it works, here.

Reflexology has been found to alleviate symptoms of anxiety. A study was conducted on hospital patients waiting for a minor heart procedure. Those that received hand reflexology before the surgery reported lower levels of anxiety about the surgery.

There are certain points in the hands and feet that are targeted when treating anxiety with reflexology. Some of these points correspond to:

  • Solar plexus/diaphragm – Where we often feel that sinking feeling associated with anxiety.
  • Spine – To relieve tension that might cause or be caused by anxiety.
  • Pituitary gland – The gland responsible for releasing and regulating hormones.
  • Adrenal gland – Responsible for releasing cortisol, the stress hormone.

These maps of the foot can help you understand where all the different points are and what they correspond to.

Reflexology for other conditions

Reflexology is not just used to treat anxiety, but a range of conditions and ailments. There are points in the hand that are targeted in order to relieve headaches or reduce their frequency. It can also be used to regulate our digestion more effectively, which can help people who often suffer from constipation or diarrhea. Reflexology is also used to help with symptoms of nausea.

Patients undergoing treatment for cancer can benefit from reflexology. These treatments often cause nausea and other symptoms, as well as the anxiety that comes with diagnosis and treatment. So, reflexology may help these patients manage their pain, nausea, and anxiety throughout ongoing treatment.

Would you like to try reflexology to treat anxiety or any of the other ailments listed here? Contact us to find out more about this treatment or go online and book a massage with us today in Winston Salem, NC.