Its Monday! (although do weekends even exist anymore?) Its the second week of “Massage Monday” and today we are talking about the face! There are 43 muscles in just the face alone-and they can use some love too when it comes time for your massage.
I always ask clients if they want their face worked on during their massage- and I’ve had more than a few tell me they never even had anyone ask if they wanted their face included! Whaaat?! Face massage has so many benefits that go above just feeling delightful.
Some benefits of face massage include:
TMJ Disorder relief
Relieves Sinus Pressure
Eases tension in the face (sometimes that we don’t even realize we are holding) that can lead to TMJ pain
Aids in Lymphatic Drainage
Natural Face Lift!
So maybe next time your Massage Therapist asks if you want your face massaged, say YES! Until then, try this face massage tutorial below that you can do yourself- you’ll just need your hands and a plant based oil (I recommend Rose Hip Seed Oil, you can find that here ). I recommend doing this every night before bed or in the morning to start your day!
Today is the first of (hopefully🤞🏽) many videos I’m sharing to talk about a specific muscle or group of muscles – what each muscle does, why it becomes tight and how we can self massage it at home to help ease some tension. Let’s call it “Muscle Monday” or “Massage Monday” !? Still working on it.. ⠀ So dun dun dunnnn ⠀ Today is the suboccipital muscles 🎉 ⠀ These smaller guys are located right at the base of the skull, and are responsible for extending and rotating your head. 👀 ⠀ They can get tight and cranky due to bad posture (looking down at phone 📱, computer 👩💻, reading 📖 etc) ⠀ Tightness can lead to tension headaches that typically comes up and around the back of your head to the forehead- also pain around temple and jaw. ⠀ There is a nerve on each side of the spine called the occipital nerves, and when the fascia and muscles entrap it- that can cause the headaches. ⠀ They are one of my FAVORITE muscles to give and get massaged. I always find so many trigger points that need to be released and it feels SOOO GOOD! ⠀ So all you’ll need is 2 tennis balls 🎾🎾 and sock 🧦! Head over to YouTube to watch the full video- link below ❤️