For the longest time, many cultures have incorporated facial massage in their beauty routines a well as for medicinal purposes. Over the centuries, different parts of the world have tweaked and refined various types of massage, coming up with the most innovative routines with leanings towards their own cultures.
Facial Massage benefits include an instant face-lift without the gore, pain and down time that comes with surgery. Granted, the effects aren’t as long lasting; however, done regularly, women up and down the world can (and do!) reap the rewards of massage in that, as I’ve previously mentioned:
- Facial massage can make skin look radiant and refreshed
- It can make you look and feel rested
- As the face has many nerves and pressure points, it can ease the pain brought about by headache and clear nasal passages
- A good way to pamper yourself
- Boost blood circulation and feed the skin, resulting in healthy skin
- Improve and increase collagen production, resulting in younger looking skin
Some Common Types of Facial Massage
Acupressure works in the same fashion as acupuncture. It employs the application of pressure on acupressure points. Pressure is commonly applied by hand, although other devices can be used. The main facial pressure points that the massage focuses on are found in the inner edge of the eye orbits, the inner ends of the eyebrows, the temples, the area around the nostrils and just below your nose. Previous studies have shown this type of facial massage to be effective in relieving tension headache, blocked nasal passages and in some cases, nausea. However, there are suggestions that relief of the latter can sometimes be temporary due to a placebo effect.
- Stimulating circulation
- Tightening skin
- Reducing the appearance of wrinkles
- Releasing Toxins
- Reducing puffiness, the more regularly it’s done
- Helping slough off dead skin cells
- Increasing blood flow and oxygen to the skin’s surface
Shiatsu has Japanese origins and means ‘finger pressure’. Palms, thumbs and fingers, especially fingertips, are used in this method. Applied mainly to the scalp and face, by use of subtle but deep manipulation of the neck and shoulders. This method uses only organic products.
- Mental and physical relaxation
- Gives a sense of restored well-being and balance
- May release stress and tension
- Gives a burst of energy
- Improved circulation increases nutrients to skin
- Improves facial muscle tone
- Helps skin retain moisture better
- Helps skin glow, making it smooth and looking younger
Manual Lymphatic Drainage- The lymphatic system is part of the blood circulatory system. The lymph flows through the lymphatic system and is very rich with white blood cells, which play a vital role in the immune system. The aim of this massage is to encourage the natural drainage of the lymphatic system and flow of waste from the tissues. Pressure is applied in a circular motion to stimulate the lymphatic flow.
- Boosting energy
- Deep relaxation
- Removing toxins
- Boosts the body’s ability to heal itself
- Can reduce puffiness
- May lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles