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5 Basic facial massage techniques

by carmela cooper


The 5 basic facial massage techniques
What is a facial massage?
A Massage is the manual or mechanical manipulation of the body by
rubbing, gently pinching, kneading, tapping, and other movements to
increase metabolism and circulation, to promote absorption, and to
relieve pain. Cosmetologists massage their clients to help keep the facial skin healthy and the facial muscles firm.
Client consultation sheet

Sanitize hands and work area

Protective head wrap for client

Facial massage cream

A Quite soothing area
The 5 basic facial massage techniques:
Effleurage-Circular stroking movements.

Petrissage-Kneading movements.

Friction-Rubbing Strokes.

Vibration-Shaking movements to loosen the body.

Effleurage-Circular stroking movements
Effleurage (EF-loo-rahzh) is a light, continuous stroking
movement applied in a slow, rhythmic manner with the fingers
(digital effleurage) or the palms (palmar effleurage). No pressure
is used. The palms work the large surfaces, and the cushions of the
fingertips work the small surfaces, such as those around the eyes. Effleurage is frequently used on the forehead, face ,scalp, back, shoulder, neck, chest, arms, and hands for its soothing and relaxing effects. Every massage should
begin and end with effleurage.
Pétrissage (PEH-treh-sahj) is a kneading movement performed by
lifting, squeezing, and pressing the tissue with a light, firm pressure.
Pétrissage offers deeper stimulation to the muscles, nerves, and skin
glands, and improves circulation. These kneading movements are
usually limited to the back, shoulders, and arms.