The skin is the largest organ of the human body. The averages person’s skin is about 1 to 2 square meters and weighs about 9 to 12 pounds. The skin has three layers named the epidermis, dermis and hypodermis. A massage therapist is in a unique position to observe any sort of skin condition. He or she would come in greater contact with a client’s skin than any other healthcare professional. This is why a massage therapist can assist in giving you a healthy skin in the long run.
The epidermis is the outer layer of the skin which communicates directly with the environment. It serves as a protective layer in humans and assists in regulating the body temperature. This skin can be thin or thick depending on where it is located in the body. The epidermis would be quite thick in places where the skin would come into more contact with the environment. The epidermis would protect you against germs, viruses and bacteria. It also helps to prevent small cuts from reaching deeper into the body.
Just beneath the surface is the dermis, which is made of two layers: The Papillary and Reticular layers. The dermis has a layer of tissues with hair follicles and sweat glands. The dermis would help the body by promoting healthy gland activity and removing toxins. The deepest layer of the skin is called the hypodermis, which is made of connective tissues and adipose. It is host to body fat and blood vessels of the body. Pressure sensitive nerve endings are located in the hypodermis. The hypodermis is also called the superficial fascia. With aging, the hypodermis will lose some of its flexibility, which could result in pain when moving.
A massage therapist is skilled enough to manipulate the skin with or without oil or tools, in order to find regions of the skin where the hypodermis has become rigid or inflexible. The therapist would then apply simple pressure with his or her finger tips to release the rigidness that has been built in that particular area. This will increase the flexibility of the hypodermis once again and relieve rigidness and pain. This way, a massage therapist will be able to observe abnormal skin conditions of a client and bring it to the notice of him or her. The client could then consult a more specialized medical practitioner in order to get treatment for his or her condition. Psoriasis, skin cancer, fungal infections and bull’s eye rashes are some of the conditions that could be noticed by a massage therapist.
On the other hand, massage therapy would help to revitalize and rejuvenate your skin. It can improve circulation and blood flow, improve the circulation of oxygen around the body, help to relax the muscles, soothe pain and make your skin radiant and glow. All this will result in a healthy and rejuvenated skin. Massage therapy would also help to reverse the aging factor, and make your skin look younger and vibrant.