Why Face Ashiatsu Massage?
Why did I make this face ashiatsu video? When I first tried it, like most things it was a way to reach outside my defined parameters of what I do as an ashiatsu therapist. One of my regular ashiatsu clients encouraged me to try it because of how great body ashiatsu felt! He loved it and so I researched it further. As a result I decided to implement and develop face ashiatsu as one of my modalities.
In fact face ashiatsu or face massage done with feet allows a great way to release tight fascia and melt tress. Most adults carry life stress in their face and it feels so good to have this stress dissipate. The foot has a comparatively large surface area and its contours match those of the face. Because of its angle, face ashiatsu allows better traction and contact on skin for deep relaxation.
However ashiatsu can also feel very light and soothing. Either way this wonderful method feels gentle and relaxing. Aestheticians say that a good face massage is the biggest secret to a good facial! Face massage helps tone saggy tired muscles , one of the most telling sings of aging! It does that by stimulating muscle fibers and lymphatic drainage, while also breaking up adhesions. Face massage also stimulates regenerative processes in your skin both in its own right and by helping beauty care product move deeper into the dermis. Face ashiatsu is no exception! its one of the best means of administering a face massage. That and face cupping!
What Makes Face Ashiatsu Perfect
Face ashiatsu offers the same benefits of face massage done with hands, but has the potential for greater depth often desired. A good face ashiatsu feels slow. It can feel deep yet comfortable to a point that your therapist’s feet seem to sink at snail’s speed melting knotted muscles. It can also feel light and gliding in long continuous strokes that follow the contours of your cheek bones, jaws, brows, forehead and temples. Such lymphatic lighter technique complements the deeper slower work.
Your face offers an opportunity to enjoy reflexology, as it has its own face map of reflex zones just as your feet and hand do. Mouth ashiatsu done with medium pressure has therapist ideally seated for better dexterity. Apart from feeling slightly euphoric to some people it relaxes and caters to your heart and spine reflexes.
Face Ashiatsu Things to Keep in Mind
Itching to try face ashiatsu on a loved one?! Here are some tips I picked up that I want to share.
Always, as with any ashiatsu, get familiar with the basics. First you have to feel comfortable. Take some deep breaths, relax and reset your mind for the gift of touch. The chair needs to be sturdy and unmovable while working, not a swivel chair, springy, or on wheels. Check the height of the chair with how your foot rests on the face. Apply dime size dab of lotion and spread with your hands in light circles to all areas of the face you may be working.
Your strokes in general feel best going from center to the periphery or up, either straight up or angled away from the center. Some exceptions are lymphatic drainage starting right in front of the ears and stroking down sides of neck and out the collar bone and as you will see in my face ashiatsu video. Start with light strokes of medium speed and then lean in a bit and slow down. Slowing down allows for deeper pressure.
Now try a longer stroke. Mix up the pressure and length of stroke If you get a vehement request to apply all the pressure they can handle I caution not to do it! Its better to sit while administering face ashiatsu. For deeper pressure I do a pistol squat, which gets me off my but so that I can lean into the working foot more. I am better at demonstrating kinesthetic concepts. Thats why I used all these elements in my face ashiatsu video.
Unlike body ashiatsu the face is more delicate and doesnt require full body pressure. The fascia is more delicate and the face has subtle subcutaneous nerves and capillaries that benefit from lighter pressure. While I have had several requests for me to stand on their mouth, I havent yet found a good reason to do it. I dont think its worth the risk of applying the wrong amount of pressure over more fragile tooth structure, and hyper stretching the soft tissue of the lip.
Go slow, even slower! Try to feel with your feet and let that feeling guide you. That applies to general ashiatsu!
While this face ashiatsu video is not a tutorial, you may enjoy this headache behind eyes face ashiatsu tutorial and my full body ashiatsu tutorials Aerial Ashiatsu Massage Video Tutorial 2018 and Video Tutorial Aerial Ashiatsu: Knee Sail