FIVE MINUTE MASSAGE TIPS
When stress strikes, our face is one of the first places we feel it. Whether it's a clenched jaw, a furrowed brow or pursed lips, the facial muscles are reactive to stress and can become chronically tight and tense. This simple massage helps not only to break up tension but also to relax the facial muscles, helping to improve circulation and create a healthy glow.
All you need to complete this ritual is a clean face and a few drops of your favorite facial oil to facilitate movement. Don't be afraid to add some deep breaths and relaxing music to really calm your nervous system and put your stress on pause.
THE FIVE STEPS
STEP ONE : WORK THE BACK OF THE NECK - Because the neck is connected to the face, we want this area nice and loose to facilitate blood flow and lymphatic drainage. Starting at the base of the skull, place one hand by your spine to support, then use your working hand to pull away from it. Use medium pressure and work in small sections down the back of the neck, one side at a time.
STEP TWO : JAW LIFT & RELEASE - Supporting the skin with your resting hand and starting at the chin, use your other hand to work up the jaw toward the ears. To do this, place two fingers above the jawline and two below, so that the hands are in a fork-shaped position. Use slow movements and medium pressure to flush tension out of this area and down the neck. STEP THREE : KNUCKLING THE CHEEKS - Working just below the cheekbones and continuing out to the jawline, use your knuckles to massage the area in a circular motion. Maintaining light to medium pressure, feel free to linger in any spots that need extra attention and use smaller more concentrated circles near the hinge of the jaw. STEP FOUR : SINUS SWEEPS - With a flat open hand, line the knife edge of your hand up next to the sinuses and bridge of the nose. Apply light pressure as you sweep in a downward motion along the side of the nose, then continue out over the cheeks, all the way to the hairline in one long movement. This helps release sinus pressure which can contribute to facial tension. STEP FIVE : IRONING OUT THE FOREHEAD - Starting in the middle of the forehead, use one hand to gently brace. With your working hand, place the palm of your whole hand flat on the forehead next to the center. Apply as much pressure as feels good here and begin to drag your palm out to the temples using slow, deliberate motion.
Once complete on both sides, place both of your palms side-by-side in the center of the forehead and move outwards on both sides simultaneously, finishing at the temples. Repeat this move as many times as you like to melt forehead tension.
Five minute face massages to-glow are timed to be about five minutes long. There is no sound, so you can use this as quiet time or add your own soundtrack. Follow the moves in the video - about thirty seconds per move - on each side. Complete everything in five moves and five minutes. Repeat if if desired, or mix and match with other videos to really treat your skin. Be sure to check back every Friday for new videos! ITEMS USED:
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