Massage is a great way to relax and destress the body. A facial massage not only reduces tension buildup on your face, it smoothes out potential wrinkles, relaxing the facial muscles. When done correctly, a facial massage can improve the skin revealing healthy glowing skin.
What is Tanaka Face Massage?
I came across the tanaka facial contouring massage about two years ago. This massage technique was developed by a Japanese makeup artist Yukuko Tanaka.
The massage works by applying pressure to drain lymphatic fluids following the lymph path on the face and neck. With time and consistency, the technique can act as a natural facelift for aging women preventing sagging of the face (shar pei which translates to loose skin), reduce face puffiness, nasolabial folds (laugh lines), and lift the corner of the eyes and lips. Applying the right amount of pressure is important (strike a balance between pain and comfort). This massage according to Ms. Tanaka can make one look up to 10years younger. The massage starts with a warm up exercise on the lymph path. Once you master the technique, the massage takes about 3 mins from start to finish.
Below are videos of Ms. Tanaka demonstrating the massage with English translation courtesy of epicbeautyguide on youtube.
I had never tried a facial massage before but as usual, my curiosity was piqued and I couldn’t wait to try it. Every night for one month I would dutifully sit on my bed and go through the steps I had scribbled on a piece of paper. Doing this consistently every nights, I began to see some subtle changes in my face (nothing drastic as no one else around me noticed). My lips were slightly plumped up, corners of my eyes slightly lifted and I had a nice glow to my face. I kinda liked the outcome however subtle it was.
Before you start the massage, here are a few points to note:
Always do the massage with your mouth closed, making sure your teeth touch together
Always do the massage on a clean face
Use your favorite oil or face creme for the massage
Exert moderate pressure using both fingers and palm
Do not do this massage if you are sick or have lymphopathia
Have any of you tried this massage before? Do you get regular face massages or are you indifferent to it? Let us know your experience.