This Effleurage movement is a two part cycle. Using your fingertips, circle the eyes once. Bridge over the right eyebrow to the temple and then make a second circle around the forehead. Repeat the two-step procedure twice.
This is a percussive stroke in which the fingertips strike the skin in rapid succession. This technique improves circulation by stimulating the diffusion of the capillary network. It helps nourish the skin by releasing nutrients and helps purify the skin by releasing carbon dioxide and other waste material. Use a light tapping movement to move around the eyes and then around the cheeks.
Using the middle fingers of both hands, circle your client’s entire face. Starting at the top of the forehead, move under the chin and then outward and upward onto the cheeks. Your fingers should move outside of the eyebrows. Repeat twice ending with finger at the chin.
Now it is time to give your client’s neck and shoulders a little relief. Using your middle fingers of both hands, move in down and outward movements away from the heart.
Gently kneed the cheeks and along the jaw down the platisma. On the larger muscles, continue with tapotement, rolling and pinching, finishing with slow effleurage on the forehead.
To complete your facial massage, end by referencing the Motor Points of the face located behind the earlobes, at the temples, the Orbicularis Oculi muscles inside the corners of the eyes and at the top of the vertebrae. This will help to stimulate the muscles of the face and to relieve tension. At this time you can also apply pressure to the Lymph Nodes of the Face the Occipatal, Retroauricular, Parotid, Superficial Cervical, Buccal, Submandibular and Deep Cervical. Light pressure on the Lymph Nodes helps boost the immune system, improve the appearance of the skin, reduce water retention, relieve pain and promote the body’s own healing mechanisms. End the massage as it began with light effleurage movements and then light, gentle pressure on the temples.