Posts tagged ‘facial massage’

Face massage tools – high tech vs manual?

I came across this article from Elle magazine online, vaunting the merits of some very high-tech face massage devices (some of which are exorbitantly priced! The one below comes in at £425).

Cult Beauty - £425 This may look a bit like a UFO, but it's the closest thing to a professional face lift without having to go under the needle or knife. The tiny device - which links up with your iPhone - uses nano-currents and vibrations to supercharge slack skin cells with energy, prompting them to tighten up. Much like laser treatments, it works alongside a 'conductor gel' which helps it glide across the skin, and you can use it everywhere, from your cheeks to your forehead and even your upper lip and under eyes. Ge-ni-us. 

Really, I thought? Not a tad gimmicky?

I admit I have a wooden face roller that resembles N° 8 in Elle‘s list, only it was a free gift, so far from the £39.99 price tag on Amazon. I used it enthusiastically for about a week or so, then went back to my usual manual massage routine when I apply my face cream morning or night.

So, does anyone have one of these massage tools? And can they really do better than your own fingers?

I’m not convinced…

And let’s face it (excuse the pun!), having a professional do the work for you is all part and parcel of the relaxation process – that’s what pampering is all about.

Here at a Just Massage we have a popular facial massage which incorporates the neck, shoulders and scalp (as tension in those areas affects tension in your face). You’ll come away with a fresher-looking complexion and some advice for continuing the massage at home (it’s the regularity that gets results, just like in sport!)

Why not give it a try – personally I think manual beats mechanical every time, if only for the sensual aspect of touch combined with oils.

Let me know what you think.

Just Massage offers home massage in and around the Mérignac and Pessac area (near Bordeaux, France).

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Get your face fit for Christmas with this festive month’s offer on our much-appreciated Rejuvenating facial massage

Relax into Christmas with a facial massage

Relax into Christmas with a facial massage

Using traditional Chinese massage, this is a wonderfully relaxing treatment. We keep a lot of tension in our face and even our scalp, in particular around the jawline and forehead – think of all that frowning and grimacing you might do during the day.

face

A great one-off treatment before a special event or a regular treat to escape the stresses of modern life.

This treatment can:

  • Improve skin suppleness
  • Reduce muscle tension in the face, neck and scalp
  • Help relieve stress-related symptoms
  • Tone the skin
  • Aid the renewal of dead skin cells
  • Enhance relaxation

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So what are you waiting for?

Discover our Rejuvenating facial massage this month at the special price of 40€ instead of 50€ for a one-hour massage.

Just call 06.47.14.06.03 for an appointment

Offer does not apply to Gift Vouchers. Valid up to and including 31 December 2016

Just Massage offers home massage in and around the Mérignac and Pessac area (near Bordeaux, France).

December massage offer

Get your face fit for Christmas with this festive month’s offer on our much-appreciated Rejuvenating facial massage

Relax into Christmas with a facial massage

Relax into Christmas with a facial massage

Using traditional Chinese massage, this is a wonderfully relaxing treatment. We keep a lot of tension in our face and even our scalp, in particular around the jawline and forehead – think of all that frowning and grimacing you might do during the day.

face

A great one-off treatment before a special event or a regular treat to escape the stresses of modern life.

This treatment can:

  • Improve skin suppleness
  • Reduce muscle tension in the face, neck and scalp
  • Help relieve stress-related symptoms
  • Tone the skin
  • Aid the renewal of dead skin cells
  • Enhance relaxation

P1040278_modifié-1

 

So what are you waiting for?

Discover our Rejuvenating facial massage this month at the special price of 40€ instead of 50€ for a one-hour massage.

Just call 06.47.14.06.03 for an appointment

Offer does not apply to Gift Vouchers. Valid up to and including 31 December 2016

Just Massage offers home massage in and around the Mérignac and Pessac area (near Bordeaux, France).

Improve your skin’s appearance

Massage is an effective way to improve your skin’s appearance, as it increases blood circulation which in turn aids collagen production. Use a commercial facial oil, make your own (try these ideas), or just use some olive or sunflower oil from the kitchen cupboard.

Put a few drops of oil into your palms and rub together (this warms the oil).

Press your hands onto your forehead and work down to your neck and chest.

Now sweep your palms from the centre of your face outwards to the ears and massage your ears (they have reflexology points like your feet and hands!).

Use your fingertips in circular movements to work around the face, feeling for the muscles (along the jawline is often a tense area) and pressure points (around the eye socket and along cheekbones, for example). A key area to relieve tension and aid sleep is above the brow; press your four fingers along the brow bone, hold for 3 seconds and release. Repeat six times.

Circle around your eyes 6 times using your ring fingers. Finish by pressing your index finger and thumb along your jaw, starting from the chin and finishing by your ears.

And if you’d rather someone else did it for you, just book a rejuvenating facial massage with Just Massage (there’s a special offer on all this month – 35€ for all one-hour massages), then curl up on your sofa and carry on relaxing (yes, we come out to YOU!).

Relax with a face massage

Just Massage provides blissful pampering and relaxation in the comfort of your own home (Mérignac and surrounding area).

Facial oils – your new best friend

I’m a big fan of facial oils.

facial oil

I used to think they would make my skin greasy and come out in spots (oh the innocence – or is that the ignorance – of youth).

I have been won over.

I remember years ago buying a facial oil for my mother from the Clarins range – I would use it myself, of course, whenever I was over and I just remember the smell of it (blue orchid).

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I suspect Clarins was a bit ahead of its time – and the same facial oil is still stocked by them (why change a good thing?).

A couple of Christmas’s ago my sister bought me a facial oil from Holland and Barrett from the Dr Organic range they stock with their (then) all-the-rage ingredient – rose otto oil.

Unfortunately I dropped said oil on the bathroom floor before I’d got anywhere near to finishing it and was fuming about that act of clumsiness.

drorganic

 

But it did push me to make my own facial oils (after all, how hard can it be, I thought, it is just a blend of oils).

What I’m using at the mo’ is a sesame-based facial oil (recipe courtesy of Aroma-Zone) which I can share with you here:

30ml sesame oil

1 drop ginger essential oil

14 drops patchouli essential oil

But I have also discovered an online recipe from Hello Natural for a rosehip anti-ageing oil so that will be my next treat(ment).

What’s your favourite facial oil?

Share your secret with me, whether it’s a shop-bought treatment or home-made.

PS. To get the most out of your facial oil, think about massaging it in with a regular facial massage routine. Check out my ideas here.

Even better, let me pamper you with our rejuvenating facial massage (and it’s on special offer throughout November)

Relax with a face massage

Relax with a face massage

Massage oil blends

As promised in my last post, here are some oil blends/recipes for massage.

First you can go back to a recent post of mine for a Blissed Out massage oil blend.

Here are some more to try:

Relaxing blend from Josephine Fairley The Ultimate natural beauty book, Silverdale books.

Calendula macerated oil

Calendula macerated oil

4 tbs each of:

chamomile macerated oil,

marigold (calendula) macerated oil,

lavender macerated oil

geranium macerated oil

5 drops chamomile essential oil (optional)

5 drops lavender essential oil (optional)

Pour the macerated oils into a bottle (preferably dark) to blend, add the essential oils if using, then shake well and allow to settle.

(You can make your own macerated oils by following my step-by-step guide here.)

 

Ivy leaf anti-cellulite oil by Josephine Fairley (idem above)

Ivy leaves are easy to come by – even if you don’t have any in your garden, you’ll find them growing in the wild.

Ivy leaves are easy to come by

Ivy leaves are easy to come by

15 large fresh ivy leaves

125 ml grapeseed oil

1 tsp wheatgerm oil

15 drops juniper essential oil

5 drops fennel essential oil

5 drops rosemary essential oil

Bruise the ivy leaves in a pestle and mortar, place in the bottom of a jar (a  sterilised jam jar will do the trick) and pour the grapeseed and wheatgerm oil over them. Add the  essential oils. Leave the mixture to macerate for one week then strain out the ivy leaves.

Massage into problem areas. Ideally body-brush first to maximise circulation.

 

Rich hand oil from James Wong Grow your own drugs, published by Collins.

Treat your hands with a rich oil

Treat your hands with a rich oil

4 tsp avocado oil

2 tsp evening primrose oil

2 tsp vitamin E oil

5 drops sandalwood essential oil

5 drops lemon essential oil

5 drops geranium essential oil.

Put all the ingredients in a sterilised jar and shake to mix thoroughly. Massage a small amount into hands and feet as needed.

 

There are several recipes for massage blends in Laurel Vukovic’s book 1001 Natural Remedies published by Dorling Kindersley. Energising, sensual, relaxing, comforting, soothing, morale-boosting.ginger

Here is a comforting blend, which is warm and spicey:

6 tbsp sweet almond oil

2 tbsp jojoba oil

20 drops sandalwood essential oil

10 drops lavender essential oil

10 drops ginger essential oil.

 

 

And finally, if you want to try your own blends, remember to keep to these proportions of essential oil (e.o.) to carrier oil:

Body massage : 1 drop e.o. in 2 ml carrier oil (= 20 drops in  40 ml)

Facial massage: 1 drop e.o. in 4 ml carrier oil (= 10 drops in 40 ml)

 

Just Massage offers home massage in and around the Mérignac and Pessac area (near Bordeaux, France).

Indulge in a massage in the comfort of your homeTraditional Chinese massage or Tuina

Swedish massage

Hawaiian massage or Lomi Lomi

Indian Head massage

Pregnancy massage

Rejuvenating face massage

Revitalising foot massage

Back massage

Walking on air (legs and feet)

and more…

 

To book your massage, or if you need more information, just call:

06.47.14.06.03

or email justmassage33@gmail.com

 

 

A night-time facial massage

Here’s a final mini-massage routine from the Femina article I spoke to you about in earlier posts (A massage for around the eyes and Facial massage is good for you).

This is one to incorporate into your night-time routine.

After removing make-up, try these movements to tone up your facial muscles:

1. Smooth your face by placing the fingertips flat against the jaw and pushing upwards to the middle of the forehead, lifting the skin slightly as you go.

2. To release tension in the face, pinch the skin lightly with the tips of the index and thumb. This needs to be brisk  and symmetrical (both hands at the same time).

To finish, place the palms of your hands around your neck and smooth downwards to improve drainage.

And let me remind you once again that Just Massage has a wonderful facial treatment to disover (or re-discover) in its Rejuvenating Facial Massage, as well as Indian Head Massage which incorporates a facial massage in its longer (60 minute) version.