How to Give a Warm Oil Massage to Your Face

 The face is especially well suited to self-massage; we instinctively stroke our foreheads when we have a headache and hold our foreheads when concentrating.

The face contains a huge number of nerve receptors and, therefore, a face massage can have profound effects all through the body, changing our mood, enhancing relaxation, and controlling pain. Here are some points on how you can give a warm oil massage to your face.

1: Stroke your whole face with soft, molding hands. Then, with the fingers of both hands, stroke slowly and firmly from the center of your forehand out to your temples. Stroke under your cheekbones, from your nose to your ears, this can help if you suffer from sinus congestion. Then stroke from your mouth out towards the edges of your jaw.


warm oil massage on the face

2: Explore your face with circular finger pressures, moving your skin against the underlying muscles. Vary the size, depth, and direction of the circles; try flat, shallow circles and deep, penetrating spirals. Feel for any taut, over-used muscles, and pay particular attention to your jaw, as tension is often stored there.

3: Gently squeeze and pull your ears with your thumb and forefinger, working around all the nooks and crannies.

4: Place a palm over each ear, then slowly and gently use your hands to move your ears up and down in a circular motion, easing pressure on the upward movement. The noise you will hear sounds like the sea and you should find it very soothing.

5: Gently stroke around your right eye with your right hand and your left eye with your left hand at the same time. Then squeeze along each eyebrow from the bridge of your nose to your temples using your index fingers and thumbs. If you find a particularly tight spot, keep holding this point until the tension eases.

6: Use the pads of your fingers to tap lightly under your eyes and over your eyelids. The sensation should resemble lightly falling rain. This movement helps to disperse congestion in the area and reduce puffiness around the eyes that can be caused by tiredness.

7: Place your palms on your temples, with your fingers resting on your head, and slowly circle your palms ten times in one direction and ten times in the other. Then make circular palm pressures - by pressing your palms onto your head and then twisting in a circular motion - all over your scalp.

8: In each of your hands, clasp some strands of hair at the root, twist them around your fingers, and gently pull. Imagine you are pulling out tension. Hold the hair for a few seconds longer and then release it. Repeat the sequence using hair from all over the scalp. You can use both hands together or one hand after the other.

9: Comb the fingers of one hand through the hair from the roots to the ends, then follow the movement with the other hand. Repeat this sequence all over your head, trying to achieve a smooth, fluid rhythm. Try not to hurry these movements as they can be surprisingly relaxing.

10: Use 'percussion' movements on your head to wake yourself up. This involves using the fingers and thumbs of alternate hands to pluck the scalp or pummel the area with relaxed fists. Vary the lightness and speed for different effects.


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