Any tension or hardness in your skin should be removed.
Healthy skin has amazing elasticity.
It can be pulled and stretched to a great extent without damaging it.
You can observe mothers of various animal species carrying their young by the skin of the neck with no adverse effect.
© Paul Goldstein
Lioness carrying her cub by the neck.
On your body, any skin tension represents a diminution in elasticity.
As you age, your skin hardens and looses its initial suppleness.
It becomes less flexible, so it tightly grips what is beneath it.
When you do movements with your body, your skin won't stretch as much and pain may appear.
Hard, tense skin gradually loses its sensitivity and its beauty, but it can also become very painful.
The more tense your skin is, the more folded it is.
Skin tension evaluation methods
Here are three methods to evaluate how tense the skin of an area has become.
Method 1 -
Estimating skin tension by pressing your nail
You can evaluate the tension in your skin by simply pressing your nail down anywhere on your body and evaluating how deep it goes.
Of course, your nail will dive in deeper if there is no bone beneath the skin or where there is a thick coat of fat.
The idea is to compare neighboring areas to determine which ones are more tense and thus, need more grooming.
The deeper your nail can depress the skin, the less tense and folded it is.
If your skin has kept its elasticity, that it isn't tense and that your nail can easily penetrate it; you can conclude that it is only lightly folded.
If on the other hand, the skin is tense and resists the push of your nail; it is very folded.
Method 2 -
The skin tension pinch
One simple way to find out your skin tension is to;
•Pinch the skin and pull it away from your body.
Is your skin supple?
•Examine how far you can stretch the skin.
•Compare different areas.
Some places, such as your scalp, possibly cannot even be pinched.
That’s how tense the skin has become.
Method 3 -
The X-Y motion
Still another method of skin tension evaluation;
•Place the tip of you nail on your skin.
•Add a bit of pressure.
•Try to move the nail horizontally and vertically, back and forth.
•See how far the skin will follow it.
Up to what point
will the skin follow your nail?
Analyze and compare the distances reached on both axes everywhere on your body.
Of course, the farther away your nail can move from its departure point, the more elasticity the skin has kept and the less folded it is.
Folds and skin tension
Folds and fold crossings solidify the skin
The folds in your skin keep on deepening all your life.
You can observe small folds on the skin of a child, but these folds will grow and become large trenches when this person reaches old age.
Your system is disturbed by the folding and reacts by paving the bottom of each fold with fresh epidermis cells.
Folds on a child
Folds on an adult
Folds on an elderly
As you age, your skin loses its elasticity and becomes tight.
It hugs whatever is beneath it.
All this folding has a hardening effect on your skin.
As the folds grow inwards, their crossings dig in farther down.
They turn into compacted craters that reach very deep into your skin.
With time, your folds and their crossings become firm objects within your skin.
Your skin hardens and its tension increases.
Not tense everywhere;
flabs of sagging skin between the folds
When you look at the skin of an old person, you don't notice the folds.
You focus on the loosely hanging portions of skin between them.
Loose, hanging skin
between the folds and crossings.
Folds and crossings have an anchoring action.
They pin the skin down in some places.
But between those locked positions, the skin may dangle, become stretched and flabs may appear.
It is important to understand that the problem is with the folds and their crossings.
Only groom deeply there.
The stretched or flabby areas should be groomed superficially and will stop sagging once the hold from the folds is lessened or removed.
Skin tension redistribution
Grooming your skin has a considerable effect on its tension.
It reduces it locally, where you groom.
But the action of grooming any single fold crossing will affect all the others around it.
This principle is called tension redistribution.
Grooming and tension redistribution
On your body, each fold crossing has formed pulling relationships with its neighbors, but they reach some kind of an equilibrium.
When you groom one fold crossing, you remove part of its supportive structure.
This absence is felt by the other crossing all along the folds.
The red fold crossing has developed an equilibrium between the tugs of its neighboring crossings.
Let's figure out what happens when you groom only that fold crossing.
To picture this, let's imagine an unreal skin where all crossings would have the same pull.
In this hypothetical skin,
all fold crossings (circles) are equal.
What happens when you groom only the red one?
So, let's suppose that you groom the red fold crossing for several minutes.
Doing so, you remove some tension from that crossing.
Grooming the red fold crossing reduces the skin tension at that spot.
After that, tension redistribution starts.
The associated crossings will feel a lessening of the pull they receive.
Their tension will decrease until a new balance is found.
The tensions gradually harmonize themselves.
Part of the process takes place rapidly, but it takes at least eight hours to complete.
After tension redistribution.
Even if the neighboring crossings have not been groomed, their tension has diminished.
Moving your pain around
However, most folds on your body are circular.
If you only groom them at one place, fold crossings all around the fold will be affected; but in a different manner.
The redistribution will decrease the tension for adjacent crossings, but it will increase it on the opposite side of the circular fold.
Removing tension from any crossing may shift your pain around.
If you groom only one side of your body, the other side may react badly.