There are certain pressure points that are known to help rejuvenate the skin in Ayurevedic massage, shiatsu massage, and in Chinese medicine. Massage in Ayurvedic is described as jarahar, the remover of old age. This is because massage provides nourishment to the skin promoting circulation of blood and lymph and calming the nervous system.
In Ayurvedic these points are referred to as marmas, in Shiatsu they are referred to as Tsubo points, and in Chinese medicine they are referred to as acupressure points. Today I wanted to share some of these points for facial rejuvenation with you so you can try them at home and see the difference in your skin.
Let’s begin with a modified Ayurvedic facial massage.
1) Cover your palms with a light amount of warm oil. Sesame seed oil is a popularly used Ayurvedic oil.
2) Apply the oil using smooth strokes, starting from the mid line of the chin and using both of your hands sweeping outwards towards your temples. Repeat 3 x.
3) Next place your fingers under your jaw line. Manipulate the whole area under the chin and jaw by pressing upward and releasing gently all the way from the center of your chin to the ears. Repeat 3xs.
4) The next step starts on your left side of your face. Begin this movement by using your three fingers in the center of your chin make circular motions from chin to ear then up to temple. Repeat 3xs. Then move to your right side and repeat motion 3x.
5) The next points will relieve tension in your cheeks and jaw. Find the hollow in between your cheekbone and jaw. Using three fingers in this hollow on each side begin massaging in circular motions outwards towards your ears and up towards your temples. Repeat this movement 3xs.
6) Next place the tip of your index finger midway between your nose and the middle of the upper lip and gently press and hold for a count of 3.
7) This next movement helps to release tension. Begin at the inner part of the eyebrow where it meets the bridge of the nose and pinch along the entire brow to the outer edge. Repeat this movement 3xs.
8) The last movement helps to relieve tension over the eyes and balances the subtle energies of the body. Stoke from the tip of the nose to the area of the third eye. This is slightly above the midpoint between the eyebrows. Massage this in a gentle clockwise motion for 60-90 seconds.
The next massage is a modified shiatsu facial. Facial oils are best when doing facial massage or a light non-sticky organic lotion also works well.
1) Begin by pressing lightly but firmly on the top of your cheekbones. Gently rub up and down the cheek until this area becomes warm.
2) Use your index, middle, and ring finger to gently press along the bony edge of the upper eye socket, moving from the inner to the outer corner of the eyes. Repeat 3xs and then repeat this process under the eyes 3xs.
3) Next slowly and gently press on your closed eyelids. Slowly press in and quickly release. Repeat this 3xs
4) Next pinch the bridge of your nose for a count of 3 then the corners of your eyes for a count of 3.
5) With the fingertips of both hands rub the sides of your nose up and down until they become warm. Next go to the outside corners of your nostrils and moving outwards along the bottom of your cheekbone massage in circular motions till you reach the ears. Repeat this movement 3 xs.
6) Find the hollow between your nose and your mouth and gently press in for a count of 10.
7) The last movement is to massage the area in front of your ears in circular motions for a count of 10.
The last massage is utilizing acupressure points for Chinese medicine. This too has been slightly modified to be shorter.
1) Begin one finger width below the lower ridge of the eye socket in line with the center of the iris in an indentation of the cheek. Press gently on these spots on each side of your face and hold for 1 minute.
2) Next find the point at the bottom of your cheekbone directly below the pupil. Press and hold gently for 1 minute.
3) The next area is in the indentation directly behind the earlobe. Use your middle and index fingers to gently press for 1 minute.
4) The last point is the third eye point. Begin by bringing your palm together and use your middle and index fingers to lightly touch the point in between your eyebrows in the indentation where the bridge of the nose meets the center of the forehead. Gently press into this area for 2 minutes while breathing deeply.
What all of the facial massage points have in common is that they promote circulation while stimulating internal organs through the Tsubo, Marma, and Acupressure points of your body. These ancient modalities believe that these points are connected to our inner eliminating organs, endocrine glands, and will also help to release toxins in our body. This in turn helps us to have glowing skin, relieves tension in our muscles, brings blood flow and oxygen to the skin tissues, and releases stress. The best part of the above practices is that in addition to having glowing skin these practices just feel good. So take a few minutes either in the morning or at night to try these movements on yourself and notice the difference in your skin!
I hope this information was helpful to you and please return next week when I will share some easy meditations to try.