Suffer from chronically puffy morning face, or need to hide the late night you had from your boss? This quick-fix acupressure facial massage will help move Qi and blood in your face to restore your natural glow.
As a licensed acupuncturist, I'll walk you through the massage step-by-step in the video here. You can also follow along with the written instructions below.
Note: I recommend starting with a cleanly washed face and applying a little brightening serum evenly over the skin. (My favorite is organic GLOW serum by Erika Yamaguchi, which spreads nicely and gently wakes up the eyes and sinuses with essential oils.)
1. With your fingers bilaterally outside the nostrils, placed in the grooves on each side of the face, apply a moderate amount of pressure and press upward into that groove three times. The pressure should be that of pressing a doorbell firmly. Sweep your hands across the face, dragging any accumulated edema (swelling) to the next position.
2. Move into the center of the cheekbone, right under your pupil if you're staring into the mirror, and hook your fingers into the underside of the cheekbone. Press firmly three times. Sweep your hands across the face, dragging any accumulated edema to the next position.
3. Press your fingers into the space directly under the cheekbone by the ear, right under the temples. Press firmly three times.
4. Place your fingers under the eye bags, in the inner aspect of the top of the cheekbone (where you'd begin to wipe away tears). Press firmly three times. Sweep your hands to the next position.
5. Find the center of the top cheekbone, under your eye bag below your pupil. Press firmly three times. Sweep your hands to the next position.
6. Find the groove in the outer temples, about 1 centimeter from the hairline and press firmly three times.
7. With both hands, find the inner eyebrows and pinch them. Move to the middle of the eyebrows, then the outer eyebrows, all the time pinching gently and pulling upward.
8. Now, sweep the hands back to position one by the nostrils and repeat the entire sequence three times.
9. End the massage by gently sweeping through positions 1, 2, and 3 and continuing the motion upward through the hair to the top of the head.
10. Open your eyes. Hello, gorgeous, you're sculpted for the day!
For more information on Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture to lift, tighten, and sculpt your face please visit www.paigeacupuncturenyc.com
Dr. Paige Bourassa is the founder of Shen Medicine, an Acupuncture wellness practice in the heart of New York City and Shen Medicine South, in Nashville Tennessee.
Paige grew up in Vancouver, Canada and became passionate about Alternative Medicine after having several remarkable experiences with it at a young age. After High School she enrolled in Canada’s first Holistic Nutrition program at the Canadian College of Natural Nutrition and graduated a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. From there she traveled extensively through Asia where her passion blossomed into studies as she began taking an interest in Ayurveda, an ancient East Indian medicine. After living in India for several months she moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico to pursue her Ayurvedic training further studying alongside the famous Dr. Vasant Lad at his Ayurvedic Institute. Following Ayurveda, Paige pursued a Psychology degree at the University of Colorado and began to assimilate what she had learned of Eastern Medicine with Western Psychology. Understanding that disease in the body is most often attributed to disharmony within the psyche/emotions, a concept called “Psychosomatic Illness”, Paige was drawn to the integrative philosophy of Traditional Chinese Medicine where everything is believed to be interconnected. After falling in love with the TCM approach to health science, she went on to complete a 4-year Masters of Science degree as well as a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Health and Science.