In fact, the average adult is wrapped in about 20 square feet of skin, weighing an average of 8 pounds containing over 45 miles of nerve fibers!
This amazing organ is made of complex layers of cells, nerves, and glands composed in three distinct layers:
Massage therapy inevitably involves touching the skin often with subtle, but powerful, consequences. Stimulating the touch receptors under the skin can lower blood pressure and cortisol levels, while increasing endorphin levels, including dopamine and oxytocin, effectively reducing stress and boosting immune function and overall health.
Benefits of Massage for Skin
- Increases blood flow, bringing in fresh nutrients and oxygen to skin
- Stimulates lymphatic flow and drainage, which aids detoxification, moving wastes out
- Moisturizes and improves elasticity
- Effectively calms the nervous system, relieving stress and improving overall health
- Notice changes, such as moles and spots, that be signs of skin cancer
- Diminishes scar tissue by realigning and smoothing collagen and elastin fibers
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16162447 "Cortisol decreases and serotonin and dopamine increase following massage therapy."