Draining Facial Massage
Draining facial massage with essential oils
If you have a puffy complexion, or a cold, sinusitis, hay fever or
nasal congestion that causes headaches, then a draining facial massage
can help to relieve the symptoms. Production of excess mucus in nasal
and respiratory passages is the body's response to inflammation caused
by infection (colds and flu) or irritants (dust and pollen). The nasal
passages contract through inflammation, and the mucus becomes trapped in
the sinuses, causing pain and congestion.
In addition to draining facial massage, steam inhalations using
lavender, eucalyptus or peppermint help to ease pain and congestion.
Avoid dairy and wheat products, because these are both mucus-forming.
Using essential oils for draining facial massage
What you need - An essential oil and base oil according to skin type; use 1 percent
dilution of lavender.
What to do
- Start the facial massage according to the instructions on
toning facial massage. After the firm strokes on the forehead, start
the drainage techniques.
- Using both index fingers, one on each side of the face, place your
fingertips on the bony ridge just under the eyebrows at the inner
edge. Press firmly upwards, hold for two seconds, then release the
pressure and, moving slightly along the eyebrow, press upwards firmly
again. Repeat this procedure until you reach the outermost edge of the
eyebrow. Start again at the inner edge, and do it twice more.
- Now start with your index fingers just above each eyebrow. Using
firm pressure, make large circles outwards. Follow the line above the
eyebrow, down past the side of the eye (being careful not to get close
to the eye), then across the top of the cheekbone and up the side of
the nose, until you reach the point where you started. Make a total of
- Starting in the same place, do six circles going in the other
- Finish by completing the rest of the facial massage sequence.
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