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How to Massage Your Face and Its Benefits

Updated on September 30, 2017
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Thelma has lived and worked for almost three years in the Republic of Ireland as a wellness massage therapist in a Thai spa.

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Practice


In my first year of learning massage treatments, I did always wonder how my massage affects the health of my clients to be. Am I doing it right? Am I to soft to do the pressure? To strong? Is my pressure good enough for my client? These are some examples of questions I have asked myself. And I always wanted to know, so I asked my friends, who were my human "guinea pigs", how I massaged and they have to tell me the truth.


Of course, they said: `You are doing well, very good, maybe a bit more pressure or so, etc...´ Still I was not contented. I wanted to know how my hands massage. I wanted to experience how my own hands are doing. How it would be to massage my own self.


World Cup 2006

Facial Massage


On Sunday evening, I had the time to do what I always wanted to try. I could still remember that it was the final game of the football world cup championship 2006, between the French and the Italians. I knew that it would take long until the game was finished. I am not a football fan but I was obliged to witness the game as there was nothing else on the telly.


The game started and I was thinking, ` well I could massage my face while looking at the football championship´. I went to the bathroom and took a lavender almond oil to massage my face. I used to mix my own aromatherapy oil, so I had one small bottle stored on the cupboard. Then I started my facial massage, sitting on the couch with my hubby in front of the telly.


Massage Techniques


Effleurage

Effleurage is a massage technique by stroking or touching the parts of the body lightly. It is usually used to warm up the muscles in the beginning, in between the other techniques and at the end of a massage.

Petrissage

Petrissage is a massage technique by using the deep pressure massage in working out the muscles under the skin, kneading, pinching, rolling the skin and by doing circular movements.

Tapotement

Tapotement is a rythmic percussion massage technique by using the tips of the fingers or the edge of the hands.


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Step By Step On Facial Massage


Note: Repeat the following steps 3 times except no.1 & 2. I did this massage by closing my eyes but my mind was working for the continuity of my practice.




  1. I wrapped my upper body with a towel.
  2. Cleaned my face with warm moisty hand towel and pat my face dry. Inhaled and exhaled oxygen for 5 times.
  3. Put and rub the almond lavender oil (you can use facial massage cream) on my palms and with effleurage technique distributed it to my chest and my face.
  4. I started the petrissage massage by slowly doing circular movements of my hands from my chest to the end of the shoulders. Then hands down and started again. I did it 3 times. Then with effleurage stroking the neck in upward direction, one hand after the other.
  5. Then I pinched my jaw ( using my thumb and my forefinger) softly from the middle of my face going upward to my ears.
  6. With circular movements I used my forefingers and my middle fingers by massaging my upper mouth up to the ears. I paused for a second and repeated the circular movements.
  7. With the same circular movement,I used my forefinger massaging the sides of my nose moving upwards until the sides of my eyes. I left the forefingers there for a second and slowly moved them down to the sides of my nose. Then I did the pressure point massage for a second and continued the same procedure.
  8. Next, I put my thumbs upward on the inner sides of my eyebrows and my forefingers above my thumbs. I massaged my eyebrows by slowly but tenderly pinching them sideways until my fingers reached my temples.
  9. By the use of my fore, middle and ring fingers I massaged my forehead by again, circular movements until they were on my temples. I massaged my temple for a while. Held for a second and repeated the massage.
  10. Reaching my temples, I slowly put my hands down on my jaw. Then I effleuraged my face in upward direction up to the forehead and going down to the jaw.
  11. I massaged my ears by using petrissage. I pinched my ears with my thumbs and forefingers slowly but softly in upward direction.
  12. Massaged the scalp. I put my hands on both sides of my head while the thumbs are just on the base of my head. Then again with circular movements I massaged my whole head where all my four fingers were doing the massaging. It was like I was shampooing my head without a shampoo.
  13. To end up my facial massage, I did tapotement with the tips of my fingers and pressure point on my face by putting my index fingers on the sides of my nose, in between my eyebrows and on the center of my forehead.


Remember to do every step 3 times.


Shampoo Technique

The Result


When I was finished doing my facial massage, I lay down on the couch relaxing as my hands and my arms were tired. The football championship was still going on. My hubby was still there besides me looking interested at the telly. As my eyes were concentrating on the football game, I was suddenly gone. I was fallen asleep! Without intending to.


Suddenly I woke up as I heard somebody walking. It was my hubby making a cup of tea. I was dazed with sleep. I was fallen asleep from my own massage. I missed the end of the game. I did not even hear the joyful cheers of the winning team. The Italian football players.

Benefits


Facial massage has a lot of benefits. It has a soothing and relaxing effect to your skin. It gives a glowing, radiant and healthy looks on your face. It slows down the aging process when you regularly massage your face. At least minimizing the wrinkles. Besides that, facial massage is good against headache, migraine, insomnia, sinus congestion and it releases tensions from the body.


To gain all these benefits, you have to live a healthy life by not smoking, exercising and eating healthy foods. Furthermore, you have to be positive in everything you are doing. Laugh more or take a laughter yoga course.

© 2011 Thelma Alberts

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    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      5 months ago from Germany

      Hi Chitrangada Sharan,

      Thank you very much for your wonderful comment. I didn´t know the massage techniques as well if I have not been to school for massages. Have a great day!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 months ago from New Delhi, India

      A well written article about benefits of massage and it’s techniques. Didn’t know that the techniques have a name as well.

      You explained the step by step procedures very nicely. Thanks for sharing this useful information. Thank You.

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      3 years ago from Germany

      Thank you very much for your comment Exsalonce. I appreciate that. Sorry I can´t approve your comment as it includes a link to your business. It is prohibited to promote links in the comment section here in Hubpages. Thanks anyway. Enjoy your day!

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      4 years ago from Germany

      Yes, you can use that Sandyspider. I hope you´ll like it. Thanks for stopping by. Have a nice week!

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      Sandy Mertens 

      4 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      I could really use this.

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      4 years ago from Germany

      Thank you leni sands. I hope you´ll try this massage treatment. Have a wonderful day!

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      Leni Sands 

      4 years ago from UK

      What a very useful hub, bookmarking for future reference.

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      4 years ago from Germany

      Thank you daisyjae for your comment. Yes, it´s very nice to do it yourself every now and then. I´m glad you have tried it. Happy New Year 2014!

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      daisyjae 

      4 years ago from Canada

      I tried out your massage tips ~ very nice & relaxing! It is nice to be able to do this for yourself every once in a while. Thanks for sharing your tips.

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      4 years ago from Germany

      I sometimes did Petrisage when I was working in the spa in Ireland many years ago. Mostly to those harworking men and women with sore back. Enjoy your massage. Thanks for stopping by vespawoolf.

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      vespawoolf 

      4 years ago from Peru, South America

      My husband loves massage, especially massages such as Petrissage which are deep tissue. I've never seen massage broken into this categories...very interesting. I will use your technique and my hubby will be so happy! Thank you.

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      5 years ago from Germany

      Thank you massagesaltlake. Have a great day!

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      massagesaltlake 

      5 years ago

      great information on massages:)

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      5 years ago from Germany

      Thanks for stopping by younghopes. I hope you´ll try it. Thanks for sharing as well;-)

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      5 years ago from Germany

      Hi Elisha,

      Before I learnt massages, I never thought too that facial massages help loosen up our muscles. Now it´s a routine for me to do this massage especially when I have headache. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day;-)

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      Shadaan Alam 

      5 years ago from India

      wow lovely hub, these were some of the techniques i wasn't even aware of before, thanks!! sharing it

    • Elisha Jachetti profile image

      Elisha Jachetti 

      5 years ago

      Very interesting. We used to do self facial massages in acting class to help loosen up our facial muscles. I never thought about what kind of health benefits it had. Good to know!

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      5 years ago from Germany

      Hi Rajan,

      Thanks for everything. From stopping by, voting, sharing and pinning. Much appreciated. Have a great week;-)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very interesting and you have explained the procedure and benefits in great detail.

      Voted up, useful, sharing and pinning.

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      5 years ago from Germany

      Hi healthwealthmusic! Thanks for stopping by and for giving a comment. I appreciate that. I too, love to receive massage as well as to give. Have a great weekend!

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      Ruth R. Martin 

      5 years ago from Everywhere Online ~ Fingerlakes ~ Upstate New York

      Lovely.... I love massages - like most others I'm sure, I love to receive them more than give them...

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany

      Thanks for your comment. Enjoy this facial massage. Have a lovely weekend!

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      Milli 

      6 years ago from USA

      Nice and well explained hub. Will follow the tips. Thanks for the ideas. Voted up!

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany

      Thank you urmilashukla for stopping by. Your comment is highly appreciated. Have a great week!

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      Urmila 

      6 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Thank you for teaching us the facial massage techniques. Great informational hub. Well explained through videos. Voted up!

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany

      Hi L.L. Woodard,

      It is an honor to have you reading my hub. Your comment is highly appreciated. I am eager to know how your self-facial massage affects you. Please share your experience once you have tried the facial massage to yourself. Take care.

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      L.L. Woodard 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma City

      As someone who enjoys body massage, I was interested to learn your techniques for facial massage. I'm looking forward to trying this myself. I appreciate your easy-to-understand and follow instructions.

      Voted up and SHARED.

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany

      Hi, restrelax! Happy Easter! Thanks for stopping by and giving a good comment. Take care.

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      restrelax 

      6 years ago from Los angeles CA

      the petrissage massage by slowly doing circular movements of my hands from my chest to the end of the shoulders. Then hands down and started again

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany

      Thank you jeyaramd for your great comment. It is very well appreciated. You are right with what you said about facial massage. Have a lovely day!

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany

      Thanks wwolfs for your great comment. Have a nice day!

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany

      Thank you mvaivata for stopping by. Your comment is highly appreciated. Yes, facial massage is a great help to the appearance of our face. It is like having a face lifting without botox. It gives radiant to our face.

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany

      Thank you restrelax for your stopping by. Your comment is highly appreciated. Have a great day.

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      jeyaramd 

      6 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

      These are great techniques for facial massage. Massaging your face with oils is a great stress reliever. I enjoy massaging my scalp as well. It helps reduce tension, relaxes and helps with circulation to your scalp. The oil you use is also important. Thanks for sharing these wonderful tips. Much appreciated.

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      wwolfs 

      6 years ago

      Great hub on facial massage. Many benefits and you did a good job providing details.

      Voted up and useful!

    • mvaivata profile image

      mvaivata 

      6 years ago

      This is a really useful, interesting hub. I had read that facial massage was really excellent for improving the appearance of your skin, but I never really knew how to do it. Your step-by-step instructions will definitely come in handy. I will be sharing this! :-)

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      restrelax 

      6 years ago from Los angeles CA

      Massage is one of the greatest of human arts. Thank you for this needful Hub.

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany

      Hi kerlynb! Thanks for stopping by and for giving a good comment. Yes, try this facial massage and tell me how do you like it. You can try this everywhere, in front of the telly or in bed before going to sleep;-)

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      kerlynb 

      6 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      Wow, this is one detailed hub. I also like the way you put in the vids, made things visual. Voting this hub up and useful! BTW, I will try the facial massage. I would like to age gracefully someday :)

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany

      Thanks restrelax for reading my hub and that you are impressed about it. Take care;-)

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      restrelax 

      6 years ago from Los angeles CA

      I am impressed by reading this hub. Thanks a lot for sharing.

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany

      Thank you RTalloni for stopping by and giving your good comment. Have a nice day.

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      RTalloni 

      6 years ago from the short journey

      So interesting to learn more about massage in general and facial massage. Nothing beats experience--thanks much for sharing yours!

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany

      Thanks Gina Lücker for reading my hub and giving a good comment. Yes, try this one especially after work and before going to bed. Come again! Take care...

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      Gina Lücker 

      6 years ago

      One of the better hubs I've read. Massages it seems to work great for me...I'm gonna stick to that one.Good thelma,Good job!!!!!!!!!!

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany

      Hi Peggy W. Thanks for dropping by and giving your comment. Enjoy your self facial massage. Have a lovely Sunday.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Will definitely bookmark this hub! Thanks for the directions on facial massage. It has been way too long since I have had a massage!

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany

      Good morning anglnwu. Thanks for dropping by and for your good comment. Have a lovely weekend.

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      anglnwu 

      6 years ago

      I've to bookmark this--good for the skin and it's relaxing. Rated up.

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany

      Hi Thelma! Thank you. Yes, you can try it and tell me what happen. Have a nice weekend.

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      Thelma Raker Coffone 

      6 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

      To my fellow Thelma: Another great hub. I'm going to save this one to try later. I can't wait!

      ThelmaC

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany

      Thank you marellen and writer20 for stopping by and giving great comments. While I was writing step by step about this facial massage, I was doing it as not to miss something or write something wrong. After that I was tired but relaxed and went to bed. Thanks again ladies.

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany

      Hi, Efs! Thanks for your visit and for your comment. Without you I would not be able to do this and find a job that I really love. Regards.

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany

      Thank you very much Eiddwen. I´m glad for your vote and your good comment. Thanks a lot.

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      I just tried this while reading your great hub my jaw line already feels more relaxed. A big thank you for putting this on here.

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      marellen 

      6 years ago

      Thelma....sounds so nice...I want one now.....Thanks for explaining the techniques....

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      efsica Bandelow 

      6 years ago

      nice one Thelma I like it and think to do so after my internet visits.

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      Eiddwen 

      6 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant Thelma for a great hub and also the video clips were brilliant.

      This one has to be bookmarked and voted up.

      Take care

      Eiddwen.

    • Thelma Alberts profile imageAUTHOR

      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany

      Thank you alvinalex for stopping by and giving a comment. Have a nice day.

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      alvinalex 

      6 years ago

      Great Hub! Voted UP

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