Let’s Face it

Massage therapists we need to talk.  Let’s face it; most of us could use a little more zest in our full body routines.  I know this because a number of massage therapists comment on it at various Facebook boards.  Some admit boredom with the same/same and others bravely admit that they have doubts about their skills. All of these will affect marketability.

Since most people seek me out for my advanced clinical based skills, I am excited for the challenge when a client calls for a relaxing wellness massage.  I take these requests as opportunities to fine tune.    Primary areas that are ideal for growth and creativity include scalp, face, abdominal, feet and hands.  Last month I shared with you a scalp protocol. This month let’s move to the face.

Review of some basics:

- Start with their clean skin and your clean hands

- Use a good quality facial product. I like Jojoba or Biotone’s Spa Facial Therapy moisturizer. If you want a lighter finish try the Herbal Select Facial therapy massage lotion.

- Use warm towels before and after massage. (Put a drop of essential oil in the water).

-Use upward strokes and a light touch.

The following is an easy to incorporate facial protocol that features pressure points and aromatherapy. It’s appropriate for almost anyone and is different enough from the standard school protocol to be interesting.

Aromasensory Facial Massage

Pressure Points:  Use the pads of your index fingers; apply medium pressure and hold for one long breath; then shift fingertips to the next point and repeat. Work bilaterally and repeat each segment three times

Forehead -Start at the inner eyebrow and work in three rows toward the hairline.  Shift fingers over laterally and move back toward eyebrow, and once again shift lateral and move to hairline.  Creating a zig zag pattern.

Eye sockets -Starting at the inferior/ medial end eye socket follow the landmarks all the way around until you reach the medial corner of the superior eyebrow ridge.  

Cheekbones -Start with the sides of the nostrils inferior to the cheekbone and move along laterally.  When you reach the most lateral end (jaw) perform some circular friction. Repeat the circular friction at the temples.

Ear Massage: Beginning at the earlobe, Petri sage the entire ear. Massage both ears bilaterally.

Full Face: Repeat each three times

Palmer pressure -Place both palms gently on the face – apply firm but gentle pressure and hold for one long breath- Start at the jaw line and work in medical to lateral sections and moving superior from chin toward the hair line.   

Finger tip stroke- place finger tips at chin and stroke entire face with both hands working to forehead.  


Friction cupping:

Rub your hands together very hard and fast to build up heat; then gently cup the area and hold for one long breath. Apply first to the eyes then repeat for the ears


Brush off energy form crown to shoulder and let your hands float off the client

Aromatherapy: For the Aromatherapy portion add a drop of essential oil to the massage medium.  Simple choices include:

Lavender is always a safe for a when in doubt choice

Sandalwood or Frankincense for dry/ mature/male skin 

Lavender/Tea Tree for oily skin

Chamomile or Geranium Rose for a lovely floral experience

Beware of using any citruses since they are known to contribute to photosensitivity

As always, let the client smell the choice first.  If they don’t like it… Don’t use it.

I hope you will continue to explore different ways to be memorable and effective.  I hope this helps inspire you.


Be well, Do good work, and write us about your favorite facial style.