Massage Therapy in different forms

I am a qualified massage Therapist  and would like to share a few Massage tips with you!

FACIAL ACUPRESSURE POINTS - FOR MASSAGE

TOP

T1: At the top of the nose, between the eyebrows.

This point affects the vertical lines that appear between the eyebrows. It circulates Qi on the forehead, clears the eyes and nose, reduces any inflammation of the eyes, and is good for relieving stress and depression.

T2: On the Forehead directly above T1 at hairline.

The forehead and scalp are affected by this point. In combination with T3 and T4, it can help fade the thin transverse lines that appear on the forehead. It is also good for relieving headaches.

T3: about 1cm (½in) each side of T2

These points work with T2 and T4 on transverse lines on the forehead. They also circulate Qi, regulate body fluids and are effective for headache and sinus problems.

T4: on Forehead, in hollow, about 1 cm (½ -¾in) above middle of each eyebrow

Along with T2 and T3, these help reduce frown lines and transverse lines on the forehead. They also relieve migraine and any redness, inflammation or itching of the eyes.

MIDDLE

M1: on cheek 1cm (½ - ¾ in) below each eye in line with T4

Skin and muscle tone around the cheeks are affected by these points. They also act upon the sinuses and eliminate excess fluids or fatty deposits.

M2: at outer angle of each nostril

These are important points for the deep wrinkles that appear between the nose and corners of the mouth.  They can help to eliminate toxins, act on the sinuses or a blocked nose, and can also improve a poor sense of smell.

M3: 1cm (½ - ¾ in) directly below M1, at same level as M2

Found close to M1, these points are combined with M1, M2 and S3 to tone the skin and muscles of the cheeks.

PREPARING FOR MASSAGE

A peaceful atmosphere is vital to the success of any massage programme.  

Do your best to approach it in a relaxed way. 

Before you start, make sure you have everything you need in front or beside you. 

Use a toweling, elastic band to keep hair out of the face. Always do a massage on a clean face. 

Have all your oils ready before you start. 

Playing soft music in the background adds to the relaxation of the massage, but is not essential. 

Make sure you use the correct oils for your skin type!

SIDES

S1: on side of face, at end of each eyebrow

Used in conjunction with S2, these act on the crow’s feet that extend out towards the temples. They are also excellent points at which to alleviate tension headaches.

S2: on side of face, at corner of each eye

The natural partners of S1, their effect is similar.

S3: approx, level with S2, but very close to each ear

These points work upon the texture of the skin at the temples. They are also useful for earache and tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and release tension in the jaw.

S4: at each upper ‘angle’ of jaw, in small hollow

Important points, these affect the jawline and also tone the skin and muscles of the upper part of the neck.

LOWER

L1: between lower lip and chin, in line with the tip of the nose

This important point for the whole face works specifically on the mouth and chin.  It also stimulates the circulation of fluids around the mouth and cheeks as far as M1.

L2: between upper lip and base of the nose

The small wrinkles that appear around the mouth are reduced by this point. It can also clear the nose and eyes.

L3: at each end of the mouth

Used in conjunction with L1 and L2, these points firm the mouth. Combined with M1, M3, L4 and S4, they have a general toning effect on the entire face and the jawline.  They can also eliminate small spots or localised acne.

L4: at each lower ‘angle’ of the jaw

These points should be used in conjunction with M3, L1, L3 and S4 to improve the shape of the jawline.

Massage is a wonderful way of getting rid of stress or sore muscles, and if you don't have anyone to massage you, or cannot afford a professional massage, try massaging your own feet or face with some gel or cream, it works wonders. Here are a few simple techniques to start you off with.

A NATURAL FACELIFT AT YOUR FINGERTIPS

MASSAGE PROGRAMME

Using oil do steps
1 - 20 twice and complete the massage
by repeating step 1

Using your thumbs and index fingers and starting at the top of the nose between the eyes, pinch gently but firmly all along each eyebrow. Continue the action as far as possible along the temples, towards the tip of each ear. Do the same pinching movement, starting from the centre of the chin and this time working slowly along the jawline and up to the base of the ear. Do Steps 1 & 2 Three times. Dampen your skin with a wet cloth. Then dip the pads of your fingers lightly into your oil and gently rub your palms together to spread it. All the steps that follow should be carried out on both sides of the face, simultaneously. Step 1 is an important sequence, used to begin and end your 20-step massage. Purely practically, it spreads the oil over your face.  But it also centres and stills you before the massage, and helps the energy to flow. Prepare your massage oil carefully.
50ml Carrier oil with
50 Drops of Essential oil should last for about 2 weeks.
Position your palms on your jawline so that your fingertips rest lightly on your cheekbones and pause for a beat or two.  With light pressure, slide the pads of all three fingers in a sweeping movement up either side of your nose, through the middle of your forehead and down along your hairline. Continue on down your temples to meet at the middle of your jawbone. Place the pads of all three fingers at the T1 pressure point and slide them upwards to T4.  Do this three times.  (This step can help relieve the tension that causes us to frown)
Positioning the pads of all 3 fingers at the base of your central frown line, between T1 and T2, slide your fingers out towards your temples, smoothing the skin as you go. Placing the pads of all three fingers at T1, make small, spiralling movements outwards to T4. Do this 3 times. Slide all 3 fingers up the central frown line from T1 to T2. Do this 3 times. Place the pads of all 3 fingers at T2 and make little spiralling movements along the hairline to T3 and then all the way down to the temples.  Do this three times, and then continue the same movement to S1, S2 and finally to S3. (This step is a useful way to prevent headaches) With the pads of all three fingers at S1, spiral outwards to the hairline, level with the top of each ear. Do this three times. Now slide your fingers over the same area instead of making spirals. Do this 3 times. Using the same movements (first spiralling), massage from S2 to S3, taking care to apply less pressure so that you do not stretch the skin.  Do each movement three times.
Place the pads of all 3 fingers at M1 and spiral gently down to M3, using the tips of your middle fingers only.  Do this three times.  Then repeat another three times, now sliding all three fingers down to M3. Place the pads of all 3 fingers at M2, spiral downwards and outwards to L3 and then to L4, again using just the tips of your middle fingers. Do this three times. Then repeat three times, now sliding all three fingers. (steps 9 & 10 will help to tone the muscles around the cheekbones, as well as relieving congested sinus) Just under your cheekbones, level with the middle of your eyes, there are two small indentations. Place the pads of your index fingers here and press gently upwards onto the bone, hold for a few seconds and then release. Do this three times. With the pads of all 3 fingers again at M2, use small, deep spiralling movements to massage under the cheekbones and towards S4. Do this three times. Place one hand on each side of your nose, palms together. (In this photograph the palms have not yet joined). With firm even pressure, move each hand outwards towards the temples and the ears - during this movement the palms of your hands should be pressing against the lower part of your face. Do this three times. Using the pads of either your index or second fingers, massage from L1 to L4, using small deep rotating movements. Do this three times. (This sequence will release toxins and ease tension around the mouth and jaw)
Slide the pads of your index or middle fingers from L2 down to L3 and out to L4.  Do this three times.  Repeat another three times, now using small, deep rotating movements. Place the pads of your index or middle fingers on L1 and slide them out to L4. Do this three times. Then rest the pads of all 3 fingers on the jawline, beneath the mouth, and make slow spiralling movements outwards along the jaw to the lobes of your ears. Do this three times. Using just the very tips of your fingers, tap feather lightly all over your forehead and cheeks.  (This action tones the tissues and gently stimulates the flow of blood to these areas). Place your hands on each side of the base of your neck with your fingertips pointing away from your chin. Using the flat part of your fingers, make larger spiralling movements over the big muscle at each side, travelling up as far as your hairline.  Do this 3 times. This step reduces tension that builds up from sitting, driving or talking for a long time). Rest the palms of your hands on your ears with your thumbs pointing downwards.  Use both thumbs to massage with broad, spiralling movements from your throat to the back of your neck. Do this 3 times. Hold the tops of your ears between your thumbs and index fingers and make little pinching movements all around the edge of the ear until you reach the point where the lobes meet the face. There are many pressure points on and in the ear that connect to the whole body, so working the ear is important). Repeat steps 1 - 20 and then complete the massage with step 1.

 

FOOT MASSAGE
(PLEASE NOTE:  Foot Massage is best avoided on anyone with foot ulcers, athlete's foot or verrucas. These massage techniques are meant for home use.)

Squeeze, Wiggle & pull the toes
Massaging the top of the foot from the toes upwards, towards the heart is also wonderful.

Knead with your knuckles under the foot surface

Push with your flat thumbs up the foot and out

Hand Acupressure Points

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