How daily acupressure can enhance facial services

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And what it means for your patients!

Acupressure can serve as a powerful addition to beauty routines, empowering individuals to take an active, easy role in enhancing their appearance and overall well-being. By incorporating this practice regularly, clients can experience the benefits of a holistic approach to skincare, promoting both inner and outer balance.

 

What is acupressure?

Acupressure, an integral component of Traditional Chinese Medicine, offers a holistic approach to facial rejuvenation and complements the TOMA AcuGlow™ and Microneedling treatments. By applying gentle pressure to specific points on the face and body, acupressure can stimulate blood flow, enhance lymphatic drainage, and promote the natural production of collagen and elastin. These effects contribute to improved skin tone and reduced puffiness achieved through facial services, and can easily be done by clients at home. 

 

What to teach your clients

Clients should be instructed to apply gentle yet firm pressure on these points for 1-2 minutes, once or twice daily. Consistency is key to observing gradual improvements over time.  

Instruction on these techniques should emphasize the importance of applying gentle pressure with clean hands, particularly around sensitive areas such as the eyes. Less is more when it comes to intensity and hand-bacteria!

 

 

Key acupressure points & techniques

Forehead and eye points: 

EX-HN3, Yintang (between the eyebrows): Gently pressing this point for about one minute promotes relaxation and helps reduce stress-related lines on the forehead. 
BL-1, Jingming (outside of the inside corner of the eye): Aptly called “Bright Eyes”, gently pressing this point with eyes closed refreshes tired eyes and potentially enhances the appearance of the surrounding skin. 
GB-1, Tongziliao (outside of eye socket): Pressure on this point can improve the appearance of crow’s feet. 

Neck and Jawline Points:

LI-18, Futu (on side of neck, level with adams apple, center of the sternocleidomastoid muscle): Massaging this point can stimulate collagen building in the neck and may help in improving the appearance of necklines. 
ST-9, Renying (same level as LI-18 but in front of the sternocleidomastoid muscle): Gentle pressure of this point can help firm the neck and jawline. 

Points for Facial Tension and Circulation:

EX-HN5, Taiyang: Located at the temples (think headache!), circular massage on this point can relieve tension and promote circulation. 
ST-2, Sibai (center of the cheekbone): Pressure on this point can help improve facial muscle tone and promote circulation. 
GB-20, Fengchi (base of the skull in the hollow areas between the two vertical neck muscles): Medium pressure on this point relaxes the neck, calms sensitive skin, and hydrates dry skin.  

Distal Points for Overall Enhancement:

LI-4, Hegu (near joint of pointer finger and thumb): Massaging this point stimulates facial circulation, promoting skin health and may reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Avoid strong stimulation and pressure on this point during pregnancy.  
ST-36, Zusanli (below the kneecap, on the anterior side of the leg): Massaging this point strengthens overall Qi, supports vitality, and enhances an awakened, facial glow. 
LV-3, Taichong: (near metatarsal joint of big toe and second toe): Stimulating his point helps with stress relief and maintains the smooth flow of Qi.

 

Why acupressure?

At TOMA, we, like many of you, live at the intersection between health and beauty. When we realized the impact acupressure can have on facial services, it was too good not to share! Keep in mind that your patients don’t live in the same world of pressure points as we do. To prevent overwhelm, encourage them to start with just a few. Within a few weeks of consistent practice, they’ll feel better, see their facial results more clearly, and - as an added bonus - think of you during their daily acupressure session. 

 

Get your download here. If you have questions about how to use the guide, schedule a complimentary 1:1 with Marla.

 

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