It may be easy to pinpoint tight muscles after a workout or too many hours at your desk, but tension also has a way of building up in your face as you go about your day. In fact, if you pause and tune into how you feel right now, you might notice that your jaw hurts or there’s some tightness between your brows. If you’re nodding yes, a facial tension massage might be in order.
Depending on the cause, your facial tension might feel like pressure, fullness, pain, or discomfort, says Julia Gialanella, an aesthetician at Modrn Sanctuary. “Pain can vary in degrees, too, from tension, tingling, and soreness to even dull throbbing and aches,” she tells Bustle. While it’s always a good idea to get to the root of the issue, giving yourself a face massage is an excellent (and easy) first step for relief.
By treating your face with a quick rub down, you can release knots caused by tension, bring oxygen and blood flow to the area, and reduce swelling by moving your lymph, Gialanella says. (Lymphatic drainage helps eliminate excessive the fluid that causes puffiness.) “Massaging the face can release pressure that you didn’t even know you had,” she adds. Try these techniques two to three times a week or daily if you need to loosen things up. Here’s how to get started.
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