The Face Lift Massage: Rejuvenate Your Skin and Reduce Fine Lines and Wrinkles
The Face Lift Massage: Rejuvenate Your Skin and Reduce Fine Lines and Wrinkles
the face lift massage rejuvenate your skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles NARENDRA AND KUNDAN MEHTA
This book is dedicated with love to my Uncle Gopaldas and Auntie Bhanuben and their family for their continuous love and support.
ancient wisdom, modern beauty
With the passing of time, your lifestyle and personal experiences, both good and bad, can start to show on your face. From your early twenties onwards, every laugh and frown that you express begins to leave its cruel imprint in the form of tiny lines around your eyes and mouth. Add to this the effect of traffic pollution, sunshine vacations, the stresses and strains of modern life, too many late nights, and all the other abuses you’ve subjected your body to and, before you know it, you’re starting to look older than your years. The good news is – it doesn’t have to be like this.
We have devised a technique called face lift massage that can give you a natural face-lift. With the simple moves shown in this book, you can delay the aging process by means of facial massage, the stimulation of pressure points, natural beauty treatments, and other well-proven techniques that have their origins in ancient Indian traditions. This treatment not only helps to reverse many adverse effects to your skin but can go a long way to delaying or preventing further damage in the future. If that’s not enough, a face lift massage can leave you feeling relaxed, stress free, and at peace with the world. It sounds too good to be true – but it does work!
Step by step, this book will help you get to know your skin, the underlying tissues and the facial muscles, and show you what you can do to stay looking younger for longer. Drawing on the wisdom of Ayurvedic healers, who practice an Indian healthcare system dating back thousands of years, and combining this with other tried and tested therapies, such as yoga, energy balancing, and Ayurvedic massage, we will show you how to carry out a simple but effective facial care program that will leave you looking and feeling rejuvenated, energized, and ready for whatever life has in store.
As well as our unique massage system and skincare routine, we offer practical advice on healthy eating, getting a good night’s sleep, managing your stress levels, and regulating many other aspects of your lifestyle that can bring immediate – and lasting – benefits to your mind and body Be warned – this book can change your life!
what is facial rejuvenation?
Facial rejuvenation may sound like the stuff of science fiction but our system of beauty care draws on ancient wisdom and well-established techniques, combined with many modern approaches, to provide a truly “holistic” – or “whole body” – treatment.
This unique method requires no oils, equipment, surgery or drugs. All you need is a quiet, comfortable place to practice and a little time to spare. For some exercises, you’ll need a pair of willing hands to massage you, or you can learn how to help others to look younger. Why not practice with a friend, partner or family member so you can all enjoy the benefits?
Under the hands of an expert, you can usually see a difference after just one treatment. But even a novice can make a dramatic improvement by helping to free up the restrictions in the tissues that are the principal underlying cause of lines, wrinkles, and sagging flesh. The more you practice, the sooner you’ll see results, which in some cases can only be described as truly amazing. You’ll clearly see how the skin has been rejuvenated – it looks “lifted up” and also feels softer and more supple.
how does it work?
In this modern, stress-filled world your mind can be busier than the rest of your body. This is often reflected in your face. Hectic thoughts and pent-up emotions cause the muscles of the face, neck, shoulders, and head to tighten and constrict. This can lead to chronic aches and pain, especially around the eyes, jaw, neck or shoulders, and is a warning sign that your body’s natural energy is not flowing freely. Don’t be confused by the term “natural energy.” Many cultures believe that there are vital energy centers all over the body and that the flow of energy between these centers has a direct effect on a person’s health and well-being. A blockage in the energy flow causes symptoms such as pain and fatigue and usually leads to disease. By using massage to release such blockages you’ll find that not only has the discomfort gone but the energy now flows freely around your body, helping you to make better connections between your internal organ systems, thoughts, and emotions.
the magic of facial massage
For many Indian people, massage – including head massage and facial massage – is a daily part of their lives from the day they are born and is considered as important to health and beauty as diet and exercise. Facial massage is one of the most important elements of facial rejuvenation. It is like ironing with your fingers. Using repetitive finger movements along each wrinkle and also working on the underlying facial muscles, you can relieve tension in the muscles of the face, neck, and scalp, smoothing away lines and bringing elasticity and sheen back to the skin. You’re left looking and feeling younger and happier as the stresses and strains of the day simply float away. You just can’t help smiling after a facial massage because of the intense sense of contentment it induces.
Facial rejuvenation also works on the structure of the skin, to ease restrictions and lift up the face. Most of the skin is made up of connective tissue, which is formed from fibers of proteins such as collagen and elastin. These fibers weave together to form a flexible web-like structure. In younger tissues, the fibers slide past each other freely, giving suppleness and flexibility. But over time, toxic by-products build up in the skin, causing the fibers to lock together, so that the skin loses much of its mobility. Facial rejuvenation helps to release the tissues, gently allowing the connective tissue to regain its freedom and elasticity.
ancient theory – modern approach
The treatments we use in facial rejuvenation have mainly been drawn from ancient cultures but have been complemented by more modern methods. The main techniques we use come from Ayurveda. This ancient healing system has evolved over four thousand years and is one of the world’s oldest forms of health care. The word Ayurveda is derived from two roots in Sanskrit: “vida,” meaning “science” and “ayus,” meaning “life,” so it is usually translated as “the science of life.” It is one of the first holistic therapies as it is concerned with the health of the individual at all levels – physical, emotional, and spiritual. It treats the patient and not the illness and aims both to prevent disease and promote good health.
Ayurveda informs us that individuals have their own distinctive balance of three types of subtle energies or doshas. These are vata dosha, pitta dosha, and kapha dosha. Although they regulate thousands of different functions in the mind-body system, they have three basic functions: vata controls movement, pitta controls metabolism (body chemistry), and kapha controls structure.
Ayurveda teaches that every cell in the body must contain all three energies. The body needs vata to breathe, for blood to circulate, for food to pass through the digestive tract, and for nerve impulses to travel to and from the brain. Pitta processes food, air, and water, and kapha holds the cells together to form muscle, fat, and bone. All these energies need to be in harmony to promote physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. In individuals there is usually one particular dosha that is dominant in the constitution, and this influences the person’s lifestyle. For example, Kapha types may need to eat certain foods, do particular exercises, and follow special routines in order to balance this dosha and so stay in good health.
Ayurveda places great emphasis on massage as being essential to health and beauty and people are advised to adopt it as a fundamental part of their daily routine. Just as we eat and sleep every day, so we should have a daily massage. Certain conditions can be treated by massage. For example, people who suffer from insomnia benefit from having a head and face massage, or massaging themselves, just before they go to bed. Massage also boosts the immune system by stimulating the production of white blood cells and antibodies. This strengthens bodily defence mechanisms and so increases resistance to viral and bacterial diseases. In India, babies are massaged from birth. The physical contact makes them feel nurtured and helps to ensure that they grow strong and healthy. Massage can work for you, too, helping you to look and feel revitalized, young, and beautiful.
beauty inside and out
Ayurveda shows us how to be beautiful inside and out and teaches that the two are related. Outer beauty is not just concerned with the way you look, but also includes posture, the way you move, and having a radiance that glows from within. Inner beauty relates to qualities such as your emotional state and mental abilities. The more you nurture yourself and learn to balance your inner and outer selves, the more insight you have on the world. Beauty evolves with age. As you get older, you learn to tap into a new source of beauty that comes from personal experience.
Ayurvedic facial massage gives amazing results. It relieves tension from areas that you had no idea were tense. After a massage you are left with a terrific feeling of well-being; your whole body feels totally relaxed and soothed. We owe a great deal to Ayurveda for the particular form of massage that we have developed. But we have also incorporated other therapies. Our system of facial massage includes other techniques that have now become separate modalities. These are yoga, polarity therapy, acupressure, and Swedish-style massage. Yoga, like Ayurveda, has its origins in ancient Hindu scriptures called the Vedas. It is a system for life that uses postures, special breathing methods, meditation, and other techniques to release and channel energy through the body. Polarity therapy stimulates and balances human energy fields – subtle patterns of electro-magnetic energy that surround the body. In polarity therapy, illness is viewed as a disturbance in these patterns and so health is restored by rebalancing the energy fields.
Reiki is a Japanese word meaning “universal life force energy”. The “ki” part of the word is the same as “prana” in Hindi and “qi” or “chi” in Chinese and is the term used to describe the form of energy that underlies everything in the universe. Reiki is a system for channeling universal energy to others for the purpose of healing and is similar to the chakra energy balancing used in Ayurveda. Compared with many Eastern healing systems, Reiki is relatively new as it was only developed just over a hundred years ago.
Acupressure is closely related to acupuncture but instead of applying needles, practitioners use tapping, pressing, and rubbing actions to stimulate and rebalance energy pathways in the body.
Swedish-style massage involves more rigorous stroking and twisting actions of the hands to stimulate the skin, underlying tissues, and muscles. This form of massage works on specific areas to improve the condition of the skin, lift up the face, and relax the whole body. By combining all of these disciplines, we have developed a form of massage that is perfectly tailored to tackle the stresses and strains of our modern, fast-paced, Western lives.
benefits of face lift massage
Face lift massage proves that you don’t need cosmetic surgery to look younger. You can work towards reversing the aging process by yourself, by getting a friend to help you, or by visiting a qualified therapist regularly – and there isn’t a snip or tuck to be seen! Nor is there a need to use any of the expensive cosmetics that claim to offer the elixir of youth in a bottle. Wrinkles and expression lines are reduced to give you a more vibrant and youthful appearance. Your skin becomes softer, complexion and skin tone improve, bagginess, sagginess, and puffiness are reduced, and you’ll notice the elasticity returning to your face.
These are the visible benefits. But you’ll also notice that you feel more relaxed as tension is released from facial muscles and the adjacent tissues, leaving your face feeling more mobile and your mental attitude much more positive. Headaches and other tension-related symptoms often disappear. In addition, as your body’s energy flow is improved, you are left with a sense of general well-being, confidence, and joy. Be prepared – you may well feel like hugging the people around you!
the force behind the face
The muscles of the face and neck vary in size and shape from the small, delicate structures around the upper lip to the large and powerful muscles of the neck and jaw.
All the muscles of the body are made up of long cords known as muscle fibers. These, in turn, are formed from smaller threads called myofibrils, which comprise even smaller strands, or filaments. The filaments slide past each other to contract the muscle and so exert a force. Your facial muscles play an important role in the way you look. They nestle closely together, sometimes even overlapping, and are joined to the skin in such a way that when they contract they pull the face into shape. By acting in combination they create the myriad expressions you use to reveal your conscious and unconscious feelings and interact with the world around you.
All muscles maintain a slight tension at all times to hold your position against the force of gravity. This is called muscle tone. However, when you’re tense you tend to tighten the muscles for long periods, which impedes the flow of blood and starves them of oxygen and nutrients. For example, when driving a car in heavy traffic you tend to hunch over the wheel, developing tight, knotted muscles. Over time, the muscles become painfully tense and increasingly stiff. The best way to relax the muscles and restore their mobility is through massage and exercise. This is as true for the muscles of the face as it is for the rest of the body.
Facial muscles contract to reveal different expressions. If those expressions become habitual the muscles may stiffen up. Through massage you can release muscular tension and restore mobility to the face, so helping to restore your youthful features.
muscles of the face and neck
Before we go any further, you should get to know your face in more detail. It may help to find out about some of the muscles that lie underneath your skin and learn the names of a few of the major ones. The following are some of the most important muscles worked in facial massage.
muscles of the face and neck
muscles around the eyes
muscles of the nose
muscles of the mouth
muscles of the jaw
get to know your face
The following exercises can help you to locate and identify some of the key muscles of the face.
Place two fingers between your eyebrows and frown in a disapproving manner. You’ll feel a combination of the Procerus, which lies just above the nose, and the Corrugator supercilii, located above the eyebrow.
Place a hand flat against your forehead and scrunch up your forehead. You’ll feel your hand being pulled up, mainly due to the contraction of the large Frontalis muscle. Working this muscle helps to increase oxygen and blood circulation through the forehead and around the eyes. This helps soften your brow, making you look more relaxed.
Place two fingers of both hands on either side of your head, slightly above and in front of your ears, and clench your teeth. You’ll feel the wide Temporalis muscle, responsible for closing your jaw and aiding chewing.
Close your eyes and gently place an index finger across the top of each eyelid. Keeping your eyes shut, widen your eyes as if trying to lift your eyelids. The delicate muscle you can feel is part of the Orbicularis Oculi, which encircles the eye.
Separate the index and middle fingers of one hand to make a V shape. Place one finger on either side of your nose and try closing your nostrils. You’ll feel the Compressor Naris.
Now try flaring your nostrils. This involves the Depressor Septi and Levator Labii superioris.
Purse your lips as if kissing and feel the circular muscle surrounding the mouth. This is the Orbicularis Oris.