Skin and Stress
The skin is our largest organ. It responds to how well or poorly it is cared for – internally and topically. Skin is affected by physical and/or emotional changes, stress, diet, climate, etc. Excessive ultra-violet exposure, and the ways we abuse it results in premature aging. Stress damages the body’s and our skin’s immune system. It can cause blotchiness, pimples, and chronic conditions such as rashes, lesions, excessive oiliness or dryness. It can bring on acne flare-ups, eczema, psoriasis, various types of dermatitis, and even dandruff.
Tones and relaxes muscles <> restores elasticity <> strengthens capillaries <> improves circulation and oxygenation as well as lymph drainage = increased cell metabolism <> releases facial holding patterns.<> deep relaxation <> improved sleep <> relief from TMJ/sinus pain <> calmes the nerves, the mind becomes quiet
First, your skin will be thoroughly cleansed with a gentle facial cleanser. A warm towel will be applied to soften the skin, which helps to loosen cellular debris. This is followed by gentle exfoliation. The process prepares the skin for the massage. Next, I will massage your face with a light therapeutic oil. I use whipping, tapping, acupressure and contouring strokes as well as manual lymph drainage to stimulate the skin’s circulation, and to rejuvenate and tone the muscles of the face. The face is cleansed again, followed by the application of a hot towel, and then is moisturized to feed and nourish the skin. This is followed by the “tie-up”, which helps to “set the lift”. It puts the previously stimulated muscles into a resting position, which enhances the benefits of the massage. During the 15-minute “tie-up” I will wrap your feet in hot towels and leave you to rest.