Facial massage is a very popular Western beauty treatment to slow down the aging process and achieve younger looking and healthier skin. It is also used to relieve stress, migraine headache, premenstrual syndrome PMS and sinus congestion. It may involve a whole massage session, a portion of a whole-body massage or a part of a facial treatment. Facial massage can be done by a professional massage therapist, an esthetician, or a cosmetologist.
The Benefits of Using Different Massage Techniques
Facial massage is a safe, drug-free form of acne treatment. Combined with a balanced diet that includes lots of vegetables, whole grains, fruit and water, facial massage can dramatically improve acne as well as prevent wrinkles and crow's feet. Facial tone and structure can also be improved. Always thoroughly wash the face before performing any massage, as an unwashed face can lead to facial oils, dirt and makeup being pressed into the skin, causing additional acne and other skin problems.
Acupuncture and Massage College. In a previous article, we discussed the history and origins of Swedish Massage. In it, we explained that the name Swedish was misnomer that arose due to translation mix-ups. Per Henrik Ling, a Swedish medical pioneer and founder of the Swedish Gymnastics system, often gets credited with inventing the modality. However, the actual inventor of Swedish Massage is Johann Georg Mezger, a Dutch physician who was noted for studying French massage techniques and their effects on physical healing.
Effleurage , a French word meaning "to skim" or "to touch lightly on", is a series of massage strokes used in Swedish massage to warm up the muscle before deep tissue work using petrissage. It is also used as a linking move between the different strokes and movements. Effleurage is basically a form of massage involving a circular stroking movement made with the palm of the hand. Effleurage can be firm or light without dragging the skin, and is performed using either the padded parts of the finger tips or the palmar surface of the hands.