What is Ayurvedic face massage?
The practice of self-massage or abhyanga is an important aspect of Ayurveda. Massage stimulates lymphatic drainage, increases energy, tones muscles and is a great way to relieve stress. An entire self-massage takes at least 20 minutes to complete.
In our busy lifestyles, we may not be able to dedicate time for an Ayurvedic massage every day. But, you can still treat your face to a mini facial every morning. Best of all, the entire process takes only five minutes to complete, making it absolutely easy to fit into your morning or evening grooming routine. The Ayurvedic face massage benefits include being a natural facelift that will eliminate wrinkles and lines, tone the cheeks and make your skin glow.
Here are Ayurvedic self massage techniques that you can do in the comfort of your own home.
Steps to do an Ayurvedic facial massage
Start off by washing the face with your regular cleanser. Next, place a few drops of extra virgin olive oil or jojoba oil on the fingers of each hand. Apply a gentle amount of pressure, so as to not damage the skin by excessively vigorous movements – facial skin is far more delicate than the skin on the body! Repeat each of the steps for this Ayurvedic facial outlined below 3-4 times. These simple Ayurveda face exercises can keep ageing at bay.
1. Neck: Using both palms, massage the neck lightly from the collarbone up to the chin. Sweep the fingers from the jawline up to the right ear and repeat this with the left side of the face using the left hand.
2. Chin: Place the index finger of the right hand in the cleft above the chin, keeping the middle finger below the chin. Glide the fingers, working your way up the jawline to the right ear. Repeat on the left side with the left hand.
3. Cheeks: Using the index fingers, massage upwards from the chin to nose along the smile lines. Massage the cheeks with palms using an upward motion starting from the edge of the mouth to the temples.
4. Eyes: Place the ring fingers below the eyebrows at the point where they meet the nose. Use a light, outward motion, going to the eye socket and circling beneath the eye, returning back to the starting point.
5. Third eye: Begin at each side of each nostril, and with the index and middle fingers, massage upwards along the length of the nose, going up to the center of the forehead to the location of the 6th chakra or third eye.
6. Forehead: Use the middle and ring fingers of one hand and massage the bridge of the nose from in between the eyebrows and going towards the hairline. Take four fingers of the right hand and slide the fingers across the forehead from the left to right. Repeat this with the left hand to sweep the fingers from the right to left.