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There is abig difference between having a facial and having a face massage. Here, expertsfrom The Beauty Academy explain why a regularmassage treatment can help you look younger for longer and feel good from theinside out.

Having a massagecan stimulate the muscles and lymphatic system.

Butalthough most people choose a back, neck or head massage to relieve tension, infact the whole body can benefit if you opt for a facial rub instead.

Believeit or not there are 300 pressure points on the face, which correlate to everypart of the body.

Thismeans that when you have a good face massage you impact every organ.

The benefits

With aface full of nerves and pleasure points, it makes sense that a facial massageis a desirable form of pampering.

And theluxury of massage is easily justified by some of its more practical benefits.

Here arejust a few:

It makesyou feel happier

Facialmassage decreases anxiety and can improve a negative mood, according to a studyconducted by the User Science Institute. Psychological tests administered after45 minutes of facial massage showed significant improvements in both mood andanxiety levels, according to the 2008 study. A relaxing facial massage may bejust what you need to reduce stress.

It makesyou look younger.

Facemassage can make the skin glow and take the tiredness and sluggishness away. Italso helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Daily stress often results intension buildup in the muscles. Foreheads furrow and lines form between thebrows and along the lip line. Gentle, routine facial massage can help relaxthese tight and drawn muscles, decreasing the lines that they form. Massage combinedwith a hydrating moisturiser can also help minimize lines and dryness.

It helpsrelieve allergies

Therapeuticmassage can help relieve allergy symptoms, such as sinus congestion. A buildupof mucus in the sinus areas can result in pressure, puffiness and headaches.Steam inhalation and gentle massage helps to mobilise secretions, improvedrainage and relieve congestion.

It willdetoxify your body

Massagingthe face stimulates the lymphatic vessels and facilitates toxin eliminationfrom the facial area. The lymphatic system plays a key role in health. Manylymph nodes are scattered throughout the facial area, especially along the edgeof chin and jawline.

Do it yourself

Ourexperts at the London beauty course centre of The Beauty Academy wouldrecommend that you get a professional treatment regularly.

But youcan top this up with a daily DIY face massage at home.

It willonly take five minutes in front of the mirror and the effects can be huge.

How to do it

1. Starton the cheeks. Draw big circles using your fingers or knuckles, moving upward.

2. On oneside of the face at a time, rub from the midjaw to the cheekbone with longupward strokes, pressing firmly for a moment at the top.

3. Worksmile lines with upward strokes, from the corners of the mouth to the cornersof the nose.

4. Withyour fingers, lift and hold both brows to open up the eye area. Rub in a circlearound the eye socket out to the temples, eventually expanding to include theforehead.

5. Toplump lips, use thumbs and index fingers to quickly pluck all across the topand bottom lip, which stimulates blood flow.

Considerusing a good facial oil or moisturiser during your massage.

Good oilsdeliver essential fatty acids and a multitude of readily absorbed vitamins andantioxidants, all in their natural state. It’s like superfood for the skin.

Add a workout

For extraBrownie points add in a five-minute face workout.

Facialexercises once a day will make a difference after one week.

Normally,every muscle in the body is attached in some way to the bone or ligament but inthe face muscles are attached to each other, so they work as a web.

Byexercising just one you impact all of them – the results are incredible in avery short period of time.

In a nutshell

Facialmassage is a great alternative to invasive treatments like Botox.

So whyaren’t we all reaping the benefits of facial massage and spending less cash on antiaging creams, brighteners and blush?

Youreally have no good excuse!

Train with us

If youwant to learn how to give a face massage likepro, sign up for one of our diplomas.

Ourfacial course includes:

Health,safety and hygiene




Accurateskin diagnosis using mapping techniques

Selectingthe correct products and techniques to suit your clients’ requirements

Superficial and deep cleansing routines

Skin warming and extraction of skin blockages


Massageof the face, neck and shoulders using relaxing techniques

Maskapplication – you will be shown how to mix your own masks


Applicationof moisturizer

Retailing- product advice and pricing

What qualification will Ireceive?

When yousuccessfully complete the facial massage and skincare course you will receiveThe Beauty Academy Diploma which allows you to obtain Public Liability insuranceso you can start offering treatments to paying clients.

For moreinformation on these – or any other courses, give us a call.

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