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Face Massage Chicago:

Advantages and Nuances

Simple daily movements such as smiling and chewing can exercise facial muscles well. So they can benefit greatly from face massage. These procedures are performed at the salon or on your own to improve skin health, relaxation, and rejuvenation. They involve stimulating points with pressure on the face, neck, and shoulders. Lotions, oils, cleansing balms, a jade roller, and a gua sha tool are used as well.

You can do a face massage yourself at home with the right tools. We present the opinions of experts to give you several professional tips.

What Is Facial Massage?

“Facial massage is a general term that refers to rubbing and manipulation of the skin and muscles of the face”, says Joshua Zeichner, PhD in Medicine, associate professor of dermatology and director of the division of cosmetic and clinical research at the Department of Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. “This can be done with your fingers or different types of tools or electronic devices”.

Caela Bulzing with Caela Esthetics says: “Facial massage is specifically done by the
hands of professional massage therapist or an aesthetician, and is sometimes assisted with a Gua Sha stone or cupping device”. Therefore, it is not only relaxing – it is also purposeful facial care by a professional.

What Are the Types of Facial Massage?

Rubbing and petrissage are the two main techniques of massage. “The hands never leave the face during effleurage… These strokes improve circulation in the blood vessels near the surface of the skin.” On the other hand, “compression on the skin is called Petrissage, which can include kneading, squeezing and pinching”. Bulzing adds that this technique “affects the deeper muscle tissue of the face, and the blood will pump to the surface of the skin”.

There are many specific types of facial massage, such as:

According to Bulzing, circular movements and respecting the bone structure and natural shape of the face are significant not only for an effective massage, but also for a pleasant experience.

Ramiya Harlapati, PhD in Medicine, a board-certified dermatologist from Miami, says: “There are also many tools that can be used for facial massages such as face rollers, vibrating face massagers and microcurrent devices”. She explains that “face rollers come in varying sizes and material and apply gentle pressure on the skin, vibrating face massagers are usually incorporated into a face roller with the added vibration effect that provides a deeper massaging result, and microcurrent devices use small electrical currents that stimulate skin and underlying muscles”.

In addition to the above-mentioned pricking and petrissage techniques, there are also:


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Benefits of Face massage

Dr. Harlapathi explains: “By stimulating lymphatic flow through facial massages, you promote fluid drainage from the tissue, which can temporarily de-puff the skin and give minimal improvement to facial contour by eliminating excess fluid”. However, she notes that it is important not to expect a wow effect, “as the results you may experience from facial massages will not compare to the contouring results you will get from in office procedures.”.

Dr. Bulzing confirms this thesis: “It also detoxifies the skin and promotes the skin to repair itself, leading to collagen production and elasticity”.

Dr. Harlapati says: “By stimulating blood flow, you can promote the appearance of a more glowing complexion, but these benefits are temporary and there is no data to support that facial massages can lead to long term changes in facial contour for a reduction in facial wrinkles”.

Massaging of specific facial muscles will not only make it plumper, but will also stimulate the muscles, which will help prevent aging in the long run, Bulzing says. “As we grow older, our muscles become stagnant, and without stimulation, they will not grow firmer, and the face will appear saggy. Facial massage increases circulation to your facial tissue, resulting in brighter, youthful-looking skin”.

Bulzing also adds that the face massage can relieve tension headaches, migraines, and jaw stiffness. It reduces anxiety and promotes relaxation.

It is followed by the ability to improve the skin’s overall appearance and relieve tension during systematic facial procedures.

If it is not an infectious case or during the acute phase of sinusitis, you can use massage to relieve sinus pressure, discomfort, and congestion. This will help with mucus drainage, relieve headaches, etc.

Specific research that provides evidence that facial massage improves acne is limited. But, stimulating the skin by pinching and rubbing can help reduce the risk of their appearance.

People with diseases of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) experience discomfort: headache, pain in the ears, in the dental jaw when chewing, clenching the jaws, or grinding the teeth. According to the Cleveland Clinic, trigger point massage reduces tension, inflammation, and pain in the jaw muscles.

Tightened skin, relaxed muscles, and bright and radiant skin are evidence of numerous anecdotal data about the effect of the stimulation of the facial muscles on the human body.

Using a jade roller positively affects the blood circulation of the skin and improves the appearance of the skin.
If you have a burn scar on your face that is in the process of healing, massage will relax the surrounding tissue and smooth out the bumps, thus improving the appearance of the scars. Facial cupping therapy adds some extra benefits to it.

Features of Facial Massage

It is best to rub the skin during the skin care procedure. To begin, Dr. Zeichner says: “with clean fingers, gently rub the face in circular motions starting with the central face and moving your way outwards (towards the back of your head)”. Bulzing ads, that “going downward on the neck will help with lymphatic drainage”, а “using upward and outward motions relieves tension”.

A good option is to treat the face with the gua sha stone or the jade roller. Bulzing adds that “using a vitamin E or jojoba oil will help with the glide of a massage, and it will not absorb into the skin, causing breakouts”.

Here are some more techniques of massage masters:

A facial massage is a great way to heal and rejuvenate your skin while treating specific issues. Massage can be performed independently at home in combination with regular professional procedures. So that they bring incredible benefits, trust an experienced specialist in the Massage Bliss and Bodywork.

“The Face Sculpt” is the most natural way of rejuvenation that helps emphasize your beauty! A unique facial massage approach accompanied by a buccal massage (intraoral part) relaxes the facial muscles and organically delivers oxygen and all the necessary nutrients to the surface layers, which ultimately improves the quality of your skin and overall mental well-being. You will receive a face lift, TMJ tension relief, facial cupping as an add-on, and therapy for better results. Contact our studio and get 80 minutes of pleasure!

To get beautiful and radiant skin, pay attention to maintaining health, rest and relaxation, as well as following the rules of healthy eating.


When to contact a professional?
See a doctor first, and then – professional massage therapist if you want to address medical issues. A professional will have the skills and experience to tailor a face massage to your specific needs. They may also recommend any additional treatment.
How many sessions are needed to achieve results?
Everything depends on the situation, the general condition of your body, and age. Remember that each person and each case is individual.



Contact Massage Bliss and Bodywork for comprehensive support for your well-being. Our programs offer a comprehensive approach to your health and special discounts on services.


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Sat-Sun: 10am-6pm
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Contact Massage Bliss and Bodywork for comprehensive support for your well-being. Our programs offer a comprehensive approach to your health and special discounts on services.


Mon-Fri: 10am-8pm
Sat-Sun: 10am-6pm
415 West Huron street, L1, Chicago, 60654, Illinois,USA
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