This video shows how to give a face massage.
In this series of videos, massage therapist Athena Jezik demonstrates Swedish Massage Therapy techniques on the entire body including the back, chest, abdomen, face, feet, hands, legs, thighs and neck. Athena focuses on the muscle and tissue connections.
This is Athena Jezik and I’m going to show you now how to work the face the way I work the face.
And of course, because of my lymphatic training I always check that first because I feel that that’s an important thing to have working well in the body, not only from a health point of view but also the muscles and other structures, the way they are functioning as well.
And then to do just a little bit of opening the draining points on the face, starting with the neck.
Everything you do with lymphatic work starts right here. Here I’m just draining the face, just a real quick drain. This will help to drain sinuses and sometimes when the weather gets over congesting, the humidity goes up and the body start so feel humid, that’s when lymphatic work is quite helpful. And under the eyes.
This is a little skin stretching technique.
I’ll be going into a deeper explanation of this at some point to give you a little more understanding of how to do rather than just watching, you’ll see how that all goes.
Here, this is a cranial technique here, on the edge of the nose.
The reason I like to do this is because it does structurally open up the sinuses and it also just feels very good. It’s amazing how much these little nasal bones are out.
And by doing this, how you do it is hold on to that bone without a whole lot of pressure and pretty soon it starts to move underneath your fingers in the direction it needs to go, and it also feels like it’s lifting upward.
And then, going into the scalp, this is the massage now. I crossed back into massage.
You want to make sure you get a grip of the skin and move the skin around and not just the hair follicles. That doesn’t feel good when it’s just the hair follicles, so you want to get nice… you can see how the skin moves on the forehead here.
You’re getting nice skin movement, just like that on the scalp.
And then massaging the face. I don’t like to use a whole lot of ointment on there, but I’m going to use just a little so that my fingers don’t have too much friction. So just rubbing it like that so that it’s just on your own hands. Then it will come off. It will work just fine.
And stretching, you are always going in an upward direction with the muscles of the face. And you can feel the anatomy underneath. Just basically work with that.
And along the jaw, checking anything that might feel tight. Often times, these muscles that are in charge of closing the jaw hold quite a bit of tension.
It’s a big stress point for a lot of us. To really relax the jaw out, the best way is the advanced cranial work where you are actually working inside on the jaw.
Ok, and across the forehead. It also feels kind of good to go up and down from one side to the other.
And then another nice thing to do is cover the face. Kind of cup the face, very, very, very gently, and interface with it and just see if you can feel any movement of the muscles, if they’re changing position any. You can feel the fluids.
If you know what to feel for cranially you can feel some of the bones as well, making some shifting. It’s just kind of a nice way to end.
OK, that is the face.
Athena Jezik is a licensed massage therapist who specializes in Lymphatic Drainage and Cranio-Sacral Therapy.
Visit Athena’s Website at: http://www.acranio.com