Q: Do body massages really have beauty benefits? 

A: With the 'no pain, no gain' mindset ingrained to us by today's society, anybody would think twice if someone presents to them a way to look beautiful without the pain it entails (and even offers pleasure as a bonus). I, too, have this mindset. I rarely meet someone who looks phenomenal without watching what they eat and working their a**es off. However, it is also important to note, that rest is the third puzzle piece on the beauty trifecta (diet, fitness and rest). And massage is definitely under the R&R category.

Experts estimate that 80 percent to 90 percent of disease is stress-related. Massage and bodywork is there to combat that frightening number by helping us remember what it means to relax. The physical changes massage brings to your body can have a positive effect in many areas of your life. Besides increasing relaxation and decreasing anxiety, massage lowers your blood pressure, increases circulation, improves recovery from injury, helps you to sleep better and can increase your concentration. It reduces fatigue and gives you more energy to handle stressful situations.

How are these beauty benefits, you might ask. Well, do you know one person who is unhealthy and still has a glow? I have countless nights when I skip sleep, or months that go by when I don't visit the spa for some me-time. And I tell you, those were the worst days of my skin too. I even notice that I put less effort dressing up or making myself look good when I lack rest. When you're stressed, it shows and people notice it by the you look. And the word 'stressed' is almost never associated with the adjective beautiful. While there is no apparent solid proof that a massage can provide beauty benefits, it does provide an hour or more of R&R. And that, I'm sure, would help anyone look more refreshed and glowing after. Simply said, what makes you healthy (or less stressed), makes you beautiful and youthful.

Q&A is a section of my blog where I'd be posting beauty-related questions from my clients, readers and anyone really. You can submit your questions to diorco@gmail.com. 

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