6 benefits of Holistic Face Massage: your alternative facial
Here at The Relaxation Centre we offer a variation on the standard ‘facial’: The Holistic Face Massage; which is not only a real treat but also beneficial to you in a number of ways.
Like the rest of your body, the face has a large number of muscles that can get tight and hold on to stress.
What does it involve?
Hot cloths are gently placed on your face to prepare the skin for the treatment and loosen up your face muscles. We then apply your chosen oil combination (prepared in-house) through a blissful face massage, allowing them to sink into and nourish the skin. Your neck and head are also massaged to ensure total relaxation throughout the upper part of your body.
Cold stones are also used throughout the treatment to contrast with the hot cloths and to help invigorate and awaken the complexion. Finally, your skin is spritzed with specially formulated, natural toner to firm and freshen the skin.
Sound delicious? It is. And here’s how it can benefit you:
1. Improves mood and reduces anxiety
A study conducted by the User Science Institute in 2008, deduced that a facial massage can decrease anxiety and improve a negative mood. Psychological tests were administered 45 minutes after facial massage and indicated significant improvements in stress levels.
2. Detoxifies the Body
Massaging the face stimulates the lymphatic vessels and facilitates toxin elimination from the facial area. Lymph is a clear fluid that removes toxins from the body and muscle movement is needed to help it move and perform appropriately – without this movement, one can suffer a sluggish lymphatic system and a build-up of toxins.
There are many lymph nodes scattered throughout the facial area, especially along the edge of the chin and jawline so a face massage is a good place to start if you’re thinking of detoxing.
3. The cheaper and healthier alternative to Botox…
Day-to-day stress causes tension in our facial muscles which eventually forms furrows and lines in certain areas e.g. the forehead. If these muscles and connective tissues are relaxed through gentle massage, the likelihood of these lines appearing is greatly reduced and the expression-induced lines will be softened – in particular around your eyes, lips and brow.
Combine this with regular use of a good, hydrating moisturiser and you increase the chance of looking 20 when you’re 50!
4. Curbs congestion
Suffering with congested sinuses, headaches or puffiness? Therapeutic massage can relieve these symptoms by mobilising secretions and improving drainage. Combine this with steam inhalation (in a Steam Room, for
example) and you’ll relieve the pressure further.
Of course, always visit your doctor with more serious sinus conditions or infections.
5. Reduces acne
As mentioned above, the face is expelled of more toxins through facial massage and this includes those that cause acne. A face massage is actually better for acne and breakouts than many ‘spot clearing’ face washes and scrubs, which actually tend to spread the bacteria around the face more!
6. Brightens the complexion
Relaxing the muscles and increasing circulation to the face de-puffs and brightens one’s complexion, especially around the eye area. According to Abigail James, London’s facialist to the stars, “face massage increases circulation, oxygenating the blood and encouraging the presence of fresh, healing red blood cells”.
Here at The Relaxation Centre we offer a Holistic Face Massage for half an hour (£36), or you can combine it with a Back, Neck & Shoulder Massage for an hour (£60), depending on how many of the above issues you’d like addressed.
You can also enjoy a Holistic Face Massage alongside your Spa Day, as part of one of our brand new Spa Packages: Weekday Reviver, just £59 per person or Saturday Twilight For Two, £99 for two people. For more information on all the packages and treatments we offer, please click here or call us on 0117 970 6616.