Self Facial Massage: Part 2! Japanese Facial Massage!

Part 1

When someone with a flawless complexion gives you skin-care advice, you listen. When that person is a model and the secret to her enviable visage is something that any mere mortal can do, you take detailed, copious notes.

A few months back, we asked four top models to share their beauty secrets, and more than one of the girls mentioned facial massage as something they swear by. A few weeks later, Hilary Rhoda also dropped the massage bomb, telling us it was the best beauty trick she had ever picked up backstage. Ever. Right then and there we vowed to add facial massage into our lives. The only problem: We hadn’t a clue as to what it was or how to do it.

Enter Diane Nakauchi, CEO of Japanese beauty brand Koh Gen Do and a registered nurse licensed in facial massage. “Facial massage in Japan came from the ancient, traditional anma, which literally means ‘to press and stroke,'” she says.

According to Nakauchi, facial massage improves the overall health of the skin, increases the lymph and blood flow, and removes toxins and dead skin cells. “The numerous benefits associated with facial massage include increased facial muscle tone; wrinkle reduction; a brighter, more even complexion; reduction of fluids and puffiness; softer skin and increased skin cell renewal. This all adds up to the ‘glow.'”

Best of all, facial massage is something that you (yes you!) can do to yourself for immediate, noticeable results. Ahead, you’ll find Nakauchi’s step-by-step instructions, plus detailed diagrams that will help you master the fine art of facial massage. Turns out, glowing, toned, model-worthy skin is just a few hand movements away.

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Step 1: Ffacial massage is best paired with a milky face lotion — you apply a layer to the surface of the skin before you begin the hand work. This will help your palms glide over the surface of your face, and as you go through the motions, the moisturizer will absorb into your skin.  Once the moisturizer has been lightly applied on the skin, place the palm of your hand to your forehead.

Step 2: Apply an even pressure and release the tension in your forehead by moving your palm in a circular motion.

Step 3: After 10 seconds of applying pressure, slowly move your palms up towards your temples.

Step 4: Place your palms to your temples and massage lightly. Repeat 2-3 times, or more if you are extremely tense.

Step 5: Place your palms underneath your cheekbones and move toward your ears. Lightly apply pressure as your palms move outward to relax tension.

Step 6: Place your thumb underneath your jaw, and your index finger by your nose.

Step 7: Move your entire hand slightly upward and outward, toward your ears.

Step 8: Move your hands from behind your ears down to your décolleté. Repeat 5-6 times.

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Self Shiatsu Facial Massage Techniques!

Geisha were famous for their beautiful facial skin.The secret of their wrinkle free skin even in advanced age was the famous Shiastu Technique. Geisha did the SHIATSU Facial Massage daily, which helped them to always look young and attractive. The massage is done with light touches of your own fingertips. I do not think that Geisha were less busy than we are, but they always find time for it. It is much easier to spend five minutes every day to take care of yourself and try to keep your skin young and beautiful than to spend big money on creams, serums or plastic surgery.


Try the below tips to get Geisha like skin :

1. Find the point on the temples which gives you slight pain when you press on them. Use your fingertips to massage in circular motion from the nostrils to these
points around the temple. Repeat it three times.

2.Close your eyes and press lightly with your fingertips for three seconds on the inner corner of the eye. Repeat this movement three times.It will make your eyes

3.Your neck can give away your age and hence require constant care.Use flip side of your palm to massage the neck from the middle of its side towards up.

4.Press the middle and index finger of both hands. Start your massage from the middle of your forehead and move towards your temples.This will make your forehead skin
very smooth.

5.Massage the corners of your mouth for one minute.Start below the middle of lower lip and slowly move towards the outer corner of the lips.This will keep your lips
wrinkle free.

6.Apply a suitable cream on fingertips of both the hands.Now massage your cheeks in the circular motion with your finger tips.It will keep your skin fresh and will
radiate energy.

Now look for below points on your face,forehead and neck :

  • ST6 bone pit below the jaw joint .
  • ST3 Located on the zygomatic bones on either side of the nose
  • ST9 recesses on the sides of the larynx
  • BL1 inner corner of the eye
  • BL2 indentation on the top edge of the orbital cavity
  • LI20 on the outside of the nose wings

All these points are paired. To look for them trust your instincts!Stand in front of a mirror and simulate all the points one by one.

Note : Avoid ST9 if you have a disease of the thyroid gland.

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Benefits of Facial Massage

A facial massage can be a wonderful thing, just like anywhere else in the body the face can hold tension.  Relieving tension is not the only benefit to a facial massage.  Depending on the technique, Western or Eastern, a facial massage can:

  • Relax the facial muscles
  • Improve circulation
  • Provide physical and psychological relief
  • Improve muscle tone
  • Release toxins and impurities
  • Relieve facial pain, headaches, eye strain, neck tension, premenstrual symptoms, puffiness,  nervous disorder, and sinus congestion
  • Stimulates the Meridian points located on the face
  • Correct Gall Bladder and Liver imbalance


The next time you go to get a facial or a massage ask for a facial massage to be added to your treatment if it is not already included.  Many people don’t think to ask for this service or they receive a shortened version when they receive a facial.  Ask for a full facial massage which typically lasts 15-20 minutes it feels wonderful and you will look wonderful as well.  Make sure that the Esthetician or Masseuse is gentle to the skin on your face not pulling and stretching it.


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