The start of a new year always brings with it resolutions. But in reality, all resolutions are about one thing: improving yourself. Whether it’s improving your body, improving your emotional health, improving your career or improving your relationships with others, it’s almost always all about growth.
One easy way to improve your body, your health and your life is self-care. Whether you come to see me for self-care and getting the kinks out to work on chronic issues, or if you use self-massage, stretching or couples massage, start making time in your schedule for you. In as little as 5 minutes a day you can make a noticeable difference in your body and your flexibility and pain levels.
There’s a huge range of problems and issues massage can be used to ease. In fact, I have videos for quite a number of them:
And if part of your resolution concerns your relationship with others, what about using massage as a means to help others in your circle? You could soothe a stressful day with a fantastic foot massage, or give someone a sensational face massage. Something as simple as a scalp massage or forehead/ear massage can make a huge difference to the receiver of the massage.
Massage can be something done every day as a part of your routine to take care of yourself. It’s easy, effective, and keeps the body moving. In the end, isn’t that what we all want for the next year – to keep moving?
We’ve done all sorts of work on the face, and it’s time to finish out the facial massage. Your partner on the table, by now, is probably so relaxed they don’t have any tight muscle in her face, let alone her whole body! If you’ve started the series in the middle, take a few minutes to start from the beginning and use these facial massage techniques to relax and soothe your partner with a long facial. (Start here: 12 Days of Facial Massage – Opening)
I hope you’ve enjoyed the series. I’ve enjoyed sharing it with you. I don’t usually get to do this much concentrated work on the face, so it was fun for me to put this together for you.
Here’s your closing sequence. You can also use it as a stand alone facial massage that’s just soothing and calming for your partner:
Ready for more time on the jaw and mouth? For many people with high-stress positions or situations, the jaw holds in the stress that can’t be seen by others. Sometimes people grind their teeth at night. Other times they clench their teeth during the day, causing extreme tension that can lead to TMJ disorder, tooth pain or mouth/jaw soreness and aches. While it’s hard to break the habit, there is proactive work you can do on yourself or on your partner in order to relieve the tension that builds up there.
We’re close to the end of the facial massage series, and we’ve only got two major areas of the face we haven’t covered. In this video, I’ll show you how to work around the nose. This massage is helpful when you’ve got some sinus issues or when you’re recovering from a cold.
So we’ve just finished working on the ear, and now we’re going to do some work on the cheeks. The cheeks contain many of the muscles used in making expressions, so they get a huge workout during the day. Let’s spend some time on them.
The ears may seem like just a sensory input device, but the fact is that many of the muscles of the neck, head and face connect together or overlap at or near the ears. As a result, work on the ears has positive benefits to the neck, head, and face. It can also assist with sinus issues since it’s tied into the sinus cavities in the skull as well. Reflexology and Tradition Chinese Medicine both see the ears as a map of the human body, with corresponding areas for each organ, body part and system.
It’s not surprising, then, that ear work is a huge favorite. I’ll be honest, it can sound a little loud in your ear when working on the ear itself, but when you work around the ear and at all the attachment sites, it feels heavenly.
After working on the forehead yesterday (12 Days of Facial Massage – Forehead), I’m sure you’re ready to do a little work around the eyes. In today’s video, I’ll show you how to massage the brows and work on more of the muscles around the eyes that you use all day to make expressions and communicate. The work around the eyes is wonderful and can really help with headaches and sinus issues.
After we warm up the face, we start particular work on the forehead first. We’ll do a series of lines across the forehead vertically and horizontally to try to relax those vertical worry lines that start to become permanent if you’ve got too much stress in your life. So, erase those lines on your partner with this technique smooth and relax the forehead.
You might need a little bit of lotion on your hands if your partner’s skin tends to be dry, but for most people, you won’t need the additional lotion. So, unless you want to start from the beginning (12 Days of Facial Massage – Opening) you can see the new pieces for the forehead here:
Ready to put a little lotion on your partner’s face? We’re finally going to get to the good stuff, although if you want to repeat the scalp part, you can go back to this one: 12 Days of Facial Massage – Scalp!
Now we’re going to do some general work all along the face, put a little lotion on for the rest of the work, and use a slow pace to continue to relax your partner on the table. To see the video, just watch below:
Today, day 4 of the 12 Days of Facial Massage video series we start actually working on the head. About time! For this video, I’ve put together some great general scalp work with some shiatsu pressure point techniques that release a lot of the tension we hold in the scalp. Even if you do nothing else other than this scalp work your partner will love you forever and ever.
Louisville massage therapist Heather Wibbels, LMT has been showing clients how massage helps since 2003. Her Saint Matthews massage therapy practice is centered around chronic pain, stress-relief and injury work.
This blog is Heather's way to reach a wider world than those she can lay hands on, and self-massage and partner massage videos are a large part of that. View her YouTube Channel at MassageByHeatherW: