Why Body Massage Before Bathing Is Essential In Winter? Know 5 Benefits

by Shatakshi Gupta

In winter, the effect of cold winds is most visible on the skin. In this season we become more lethargic and skin becomes dry and lifeless. To make the skin healthy and glowing, it is necessary to nourish and moisturize it regularly.  To moisturize the skin and keep the body healthy massage before bathing is very beneficial. Let’s have a look at the benefits of massaging the skin before bathing. 

Moisturizes the skin:

Massaging the body with oil before bathing in winter keeps the skin moisturized. For body massage, you can use natural oils like mustard, walnuts, olive or coconut oil. Providing moisture to the skin is essential during winters as it keeps skin itching free.

Pain relief:

During winters body pain is a common problem in people suffering from injuries. Elderly people suffering from joint pains, muscle strains, fractures, sprains, etc. face severe pain in the knees, lower back, neck and shoulders. Massaging these parts of the body regularly or once or twice a week provides relief from pain. Massaging with warm oil in winters improves blood circulation and relaxes the muscles.  Body massage provides anti-inflammatory benefits. A variety of natural oils like lemongrass, eucalyptus, chamomile and lavender oil are available in the market that relieves joint and muscle pain.

For healthy skin:

Massaging with body oil helps in detoxifying the skin. Massage helps in removing the accumulated toxins in the body. A variety of natural ingredients are found in body oils commonly used in massages. They provide nourishment by reaching deep into the skin. Apart from this, sesame oil, olive oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, and pomegranate seed oil remove accumulated dirt and moisturize the skin. This makes the skin soft and supple.

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Stress reliever:

A good massage provides complete relaxation to both the body and the mind. Thai and aromatherapy massage calms the mind. Aromatic essential oils like lavender oil, orange oil, lemongrass oil are used in this type of massage. Their fragrance provides relief to the mind and brain and removes stress.  After massage body releases oxytocin, a hormone that improves mood. Oil massage lowers the stress hormone cortisol and makes you feel relaxed.

Reduces Aging:

We become more indolent during the winter months as compared to other seasons. Getting out for the morning walk, yoga class or gym is a difficult task.  In such a situation, massage is the best option to keep the body active. Massaging the body increases blood circulation and we get better sleep. Body massage locks the moisture of the skin, which reduces the wrinkles of the skin. Massaging the skin makes our skin younger.

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