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Facial Massage

Despite occupying a small area, the face is capable of fostering the well-being of those who decide to include facial massage in their health and beauty routine. The manipulation of the tissues with the hands relaxes the muscles, stimulates the release of endorphin (the happiness hormone!), and improves the appearance of the skin.

So... do you need to fight the stress of everyday life? Prevent wrinkles on your face? Eliminate puffiness in the eyes? In essence, achieve a healthier and renewed skin? Try a facial massage, the safest and most effective anti-aging formula in the world! 

 

What is facial massage?

Facial massage is a type of face massage composed of manual maneuvers that improve blood circulation, relieve muscle tension, reduce sagging, and smooth expression marks.

In other words, it is a modern and versatile technique that should be included in your beauty and wellness habits to help care for your face in a natural way, without aggressive or invasive procedures.

In fact, face massage doesn't even need to rely on creams or essential oils, only the hands of the therapist, who is responsible for unblocking certain pressure points strategically located on the face and allowing the body to function fully again, from the inside out!

 

Effects of facial massages

Facial massages can have a calming, stimulating, detoxifying, and/or toning effect, depending on the patient's treatment goals and the therapist's assessment, of course. 

As a general rule, they are usually applied to combat stress, perform a skin treatment, and relieve a heavy or tired expression.

And unlike cosmetic surgery, facial massages do not compromise the harmony and balance between all the muscles of the face, so they are the most natural and safe way to activate circulation, improve oxygenation, increase collagen and elastin production, and counteract the effects of time.

And that's not all! Although the Western world views facial massages as anti-aging treatments, Eastern civilization believes that a simple face massage also corrects imbalances in the liver and gallbladder, prevents fluid retention, and treats problems associated with the nervous system. 

 

When should you have a face massage?

In various situations! For example, when stress causes your skin to form creases in different parts of your face. A sure sign that you need to dissolve tension points, improve muscle tone, and activate circulation.

But also when you want to alleviate fatigue and/or reduce dark circles under the eyes and puffiness caused by bad nights' sleep.

Or even when you want to do a natural lymphatic drainage to eliminate accumulated harmful toxins or to reduce the effect of jowls, wrinkles, and sagging.

Facial massage maneuvers

Integrated into a body massage or performed exclusively on the face, facial massage uses a series of specific maneuvers or movements made with the palms of the hands and fingertips to stimulate muscles, improve blood circulation, and oxygenation:

 

Aflorescences

Afloramentos are light movements made by touches exercised with the palm of the hand or fingers, which stimulate the cutaneous nerve receptors, contributing to the relaxation and preparation of the area to be treated.

 

Kneading

Kneading is a soft or deeper movement that softens the tissues and presses and stretches the muscles, thus increasing circulation, eliminating toxins and improving muscle nutrition.

 

Pinching

Pinching is a pinching motion with the fingertips that rejuvenates the skin by promoting blood circulation, relaxing and reducing muscle tension.

 

Percussions

Percussions are movements applied with quick, light touches to the facial skin, alternating with rhythmic pauses, that stimulate sensory nerve endings, increase muscle tone, and produce an invigorating sensation, thereby improving skin texture.

 

Vibrations

Vibrations are movements made with the hands or fingers that have a calming action and act on the superficial sensory nerve endings, stimulating the muscles when applied deeply.

 

Main types of facial massages

  • Firming massage to leave the skin firmer and silkier.
  • Relaxing massage to relax and eliminate toxins present in the skin.
  • Facial lymphatic drainage to reduce areas of swelling
  • Anti-aging massage to fight wrinkles and expression lines.
  • Detox facial massage to flush out toxins and impurities.

 

Benefits of facial massage

There are several benefits of facial massage, both aesthetically and in terms of physical and mental health care, performed in a natural and efficient way:

  • Increases oxygenation and blood circulation. 
  • Strengthens the face muscles.
  • Removes toxins and dead cells.
  • Increases elasticity.
  • Rejuvenates the skin.
  • It has anti-aging action.
  • Softens dark circles and puffiness in the eyes.
  • Increases the luminosity and vitality of the skin.
  • Improves skin texture.
  • Stimulates the production of endorphin.
  • Relieves accumulated tensions.
  • Reduces anxiety.
  • Promotes a sense of relaxation.

 

Contraindications to Facial Massage

Facial massage is not indicated for people who are going through an inflammatory process, have open wounds on the face, allergies, mycoses, psoriasis, eczema, or are in a state of acute acne, as the movements of facial massage can stimulate the sebaceous glands and increase oiliness and/or inflammation.

Incidentally, people with a fever or who have recently undergone surgery should not perform any type of massage, including face massage.