Types of Face Massage
how and why they help us look healthy!

Face Massage can be one of the most relaxing parts of the bodywork session. It includes relaxing strokes over the entire face, with circular movements around the temples, neck, cheekbone, mouth, jawline, and across the forehead.

Benefits of face massage

This is considered to be one of the best anti-aging treatments that you can give your skin. It helps to relieve stress, headaches, PMS symptoms, and helps you attain younger looking, healthy skin.

The treatment can be done by a professional massage practitioner, by an esthetician, or by you at home.

Some people choose to have the entire one-hour session receiving just facial massage, or enjoy it as a part of a full body treatment.

Many women consider facial massage to be an essential part of their beauty routine. In some countries, women get facial massage weekly to rejuvenate and restore a youthful appearance.

Types of face massage

Traditional Facial Massage -  uses circular motions, head massage, sweeping motions, with light strokes around nose, sinuses and cheekbones to release sinus congestion, and reduce puffiness, swelling and inflammation.

This is a popular DVD for learning the most relaxing facial techniques to add to any massage service. By far, it is the most requested add-on service in any massage practice or spa.

This is a popular DVD for learning the most relaxing facial techniques to add to any massage service. By far, it is the most requested add-on service in any massage practice or spa.

Facial Reflexology helps reduce facial muscle problems and stress lines, as well as helping to tone, lift, remove tension. This type of massage therapy works 25-27 pressure points in the face, upper body and hands.

Other types of Facial Massage:

  • Ayurvedic Kansa Wand Facial Massage is a gentle face lifting technique that uses a bronze capped massage wand with organic oils. These techniques help to improve the condition of the skin, encourage natural oils to flow freely, release tensions within connective tissue, and naturally tone muscles. 
  • Facial Cupping  teaches how to use massage cupping therapy to reduce facial puffiness, improve skin tone. reduce appearance of fine lines, and encourage sinus drainage.
  • Cool Lift Face Massage teaches how to use the warm basalt stones and cool marble stones on the face to activate 12 facial energy points. Produced by Nature's Stones Inc, this DVD comes with users manual which contains pictures of how to provide this treatment.

Some therapists use only the warm basalt stones for the face, some use only the cool, marble stones, many use both.

Steps of a basic, traditional massage for the face:

1) Slowly apply circulars motions to the temples. After 5-6 circles, slow down and gently stop and hold for a few seconds.

2) Again, begin using circular motions at the temples. Move down the jawline using those same circular movements.

3) As you make your way back up the jawline, move toward the bridge of the nose.

4) Using your thumbs, slowly make light strokes toward the cheekbone from the bridge of the nose.

5) Now, move toward the chin with circular motions by using the thumb and forefinger to create a sweeping motion toward the ear. Repeat 2-3 times.

6) Move toward the ears and lightly pull at the earlobes.

7) Next, use slow, gentle, circular motions around the cheekbone.

8) Move back toward temples and repeat the circular motions.

9) Next, using the entire palm-side of the hands, start at the chin and sweep the hands down toward the neck and then back up and over ears and temples, adding very light, holding pressure at the temples. Repeat 2-3 times.

Some practitioners use the cool marble stones in massage techniques, making circular movements with them all over the face. Typically, 6-8 stones are used.

10) End by doing neck and shoulder massage for 2-3 minutes. Long sweeping motions around top of the shoulders and up the back of the neck are great. Repeat 2-3 times.

Scalp work or head massage is wonderful at the end and your client will love ending with 1-2 minutes of this work.

At this point you can repeat any of the steps, use cool facial stones, if you have them, or continue on with the rest of the massage session.

Other Resources

Read more about the benefits of facial massage with stones.

There are many more benefits of face massage. but it especially helps premature aging, wrinkles and skin sagging and is used in many body treatments and massage techniques.

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