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Massaging techniques can be traced back to ancient civilisations of India, China, Egypt, Rome, Greece and Mesopotamia. However, it has evolved over time to offer more benefits. 
 
Face massage comes with an array of exhilarating health benefits as it helps to reduce stress, increase blood circulation and also helps to cure sinusitis and headaches. The lymph nodes present in the chin and jawline areas need stimulation to release lymph fluid that can detoxify the facial area. 
 
Indulging in the luxury of a face massage is a stress-buster and alleviates the mood. A good massage, which ideally lasts up to 20 minutes, can also help strained facial muscles to loosen up and relax, thereby reducing wrinkles. 
 
How is it done? 
 
A face massage involves forehead, eyes, nose, ears, mouth, chin, jawlines, neck, behind the ears and, at times, scalp too. Since facial skin is delicate, massage your face by applying soft strokes. Use the index, middle and ring finger to massage, especially for feather strokes. Additionally, make sure you do the strokes in an upward motion, which can revitalise the facial muscles. 
 
Exfoliate your face with a good exfoliating pack and cleanse it before starting the massage. Start with eyebrows, followed by nose, cheekbones, under the eyes and nose bridge. Make sure you run and pat your fingers in a circular motion. Next, work on ears and behind the ears, and finally the neck. 
 
Before you start off 
 
Firstly, you need to set up an ambience where you can fully enjoy the massage. Dim and soft lights with soothing music in the background can make the experience all the more relaxing. Aromatic oils such as avocado oil, evening primrose oil, rose geranium oil, lavender oil or German chamomile oil are the best choice. Massaging using a good moisturiser can hydrate the skin and can also act as a good lubricant while working on the face.
 
 
Sourse : Times of India


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