Here are face exercises and massage techniques to firm and tone your face and neck, enhance local blood flow, relax you, and relieve common problems like headache, insomnia, anxiety, sore, tired eyes and nasal congestion. The exercises and techniques include face acupressure, face and head massage.
There are dozens of acupressure points on the face, and just as many massage techniques. However, all you need to get started is the five common points and two massage techniques shown below.
Located on the inside edge of the orbit of each eye. Press and knead for sore, tired eyes and as a preventative against eye problems.
Located on the medial end of each eyebrow. Press and knead for frontal headache, sore, tired eyes, and as a preventative against eye problems.
Located on the temples behind each eye. Use your index and middle fingers to press and knead for one or two-sided headaches, to calm the mind, and for eye problems. Also used preventatively.
Located next to each nostril. Press and knead for nasal congestion, sinusitis, rhinitis, and to prevent these problems. For greater effectiveness use your index fingers to rub up and down the sides of your nose between Yingxiang and Jingming (Point 1).
Located under your nose, on the midline. Use your knuckle (or tip of your middle finger). Massaging this point draws energy up to your head. Also used as a revival point after fainting or shock.
Use your index and middle fingers to rub across your forehead, from the middle to your temples. Massage and rub this area for frontal headache, insomnia, sore eyes, stress, and to prevent these problems.
Use the tips (including the nails) of your fingers and thumbs to massage your scalp from the midline to the sides, and from the front to the back of your head.
Chinese facial exercises are simple to do on yourself and others, and highly beneficial when done regularly. They can be applied in several ways: