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Integumentary System

The integumentary system consists of the body’s skin (epidermis and the dermis), hair follicles, nails and glands. The integumentary system is the largest organ of the body, accounting for 12-15% of the body’s weight.


The primary focus of the integumentary system is to provide the first line of defense between the body and its external environment. The integumentary system provides protection; acts as a sensory receptor; and regulates the body’s temperature.


Massage therapy directly stimulates the skin. Massage assists the integumentary system in the following ways:

  • provides overall stimulation and health of the skin

  • stimulates sebaceous glands, which produce sweat

  • improves skin condition, texture and tone

  • stimulates sensory receptors

  • enhances tissue repair

  • enhances healthy scar formation

  • soothes and sedates the body through the power of touch

  • opens the skin’s pores assisting with waste elimination

  • removes dead skin

  • moisturizes skin

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