Facial massage precautions

Avoid working on areas that are affected by eczema, conjunctivitis, abscess and boils, cold sores, impetigo, and/or warts. Facial massage is totally contraindicated for people suffering from skin cancer.

Simple steps to perform a holistic facial massage (or: self-massage)

– The techniques suggested come from Swedish Massage, Neurosedative Massage and Indian Face Massage.

  1. Mix the oils and apply small amounts at a time. Gently stroke the face with the pads of your fingertips. Do it slowly but try to maintain a steady rhythm. This gentle stroke is called neurosedative touch and it stimulates relaxation. Breathe in deeply, hold it for a few seconds, and then breathe out slowly.
  2. If needed, apply some more oils to make sure that the skin is moist enough to do a massage, but avoid over-applying oils as your hands would then be losing contact with the skin. If the area gets too slippery, it’s harder to do the treatment.
  3. Using the area of the hand just below the thumb (the mound at the base) try moving your hand in circles around on the forehead. This technique will eliminate accumulated tension. Work on the forehead and then move to the temples, cheeks and chin area. The jaws can also accumulate great amounts of tension. If you feel any knots or tension, work the affected area a bit longer. Follow your intuition also as it tends to be much more effective than following massage protocols (which are good for getting started). Repeat a few times, doing one side at a time: work on the left, then the right side of the face.  Keep switching. You may notice that one side of the face has more accumulated tension than the other. This is normal.
  4. Using your fingers of both hands, gently make circles on the skin around the forehead, then move to the temples area and down to the jaw and chin area.
  5. Using the pads of your fingers, gently squeeze the eyebrows and keep increasing the pressure. This technique is best performed employing your middle fingers and the thumbs. It also brings a great relief to a frontalis muscle and prevents migraines and headaches.
  6. Using all your fingers – the pads of your thumbs plus the pads of the rest of the fingers – gently squeeze the chin and then move up to the jaws area. You may also want to experiment with moving your jaw to release tension.

7. Pressure points – For this technique, you will be using the pads of your thumbs (or middle/index fingers, whichever works best for you) pressing different points on your face to enhance the therapeutic and healing effect of the massage.  Ayurvedic Massage and Shiatsu and Chinese Acupressure are all disciplines that work with these powerful points to stimulate healing. We only present an extremely simplified review of some of the oriental manual therapies, but you will be amazed at the results!  Each point should be worked on for about 10-15 seconds and then released, and the whole procedure can be repeated again on the same point. Focus on the points that bring an immediate relief to you or your recipient as well as points that accumulate pain or tension. (This is a sign of some inner imbalance that can be healed with manual therapy.)