Juniper: Astringent qualities, helps to tone/firm skin, heal infection.
Rosemary: Alleviates dry skin, improves circulation and has antiseptic properties.
Frankincense: Tones and firms skin, has antiseptic properties.
After your massage, rest with a cool compress over the eyes. You can use a chilled, damp washcloth folded into thirds, or a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a towel.
Sit in a quiet place. Adjust yourself so you are sitting comfortably in your chair or on the floor. Relax your breathing and find a slow rhythm of even inhales and exhales, through the nose.
Rub palms together quickly until they feel warm.
Apply both hands to cheeks and take three deep breaths.
Rub cheeks up and down until warm.
Close your eyes, cover them with your palms, then hold this position (the heels of the hands will rest on the cheekbones). This will energize the area around your eyes and relieve stress and tension there.
Keeping your eyes closed, use your index, middle and ring finger to press firmly on the bony ridge of the upper eye socket. Move from the inside of the ridge to the outside, away from your nose and toward your hairline. Then press the bones underneath your eyes, as though you are wiping away tears. Repeat a few times.
(If you wear contact lenses, skip this step or remove your contacts before the massage) Eyes are still closed. Use fingertips and gently press the front of the eyeballs and quickly pull fingers off. Repeat ten times. This releases tension from the eyes.
Using thumb and index finger, pinch the bridge of the nose, between your eyebrows. Press deeply for ten seconds. Then, release quickly by pulling your fingers away from your face, three to five times. Relieves strain and fatigue in the eyes.
Rub the sides of your nose up and down until they’re warm, making your breathing smooth and steady.
Massage the thin area between nose and mouth, with all four fingers of both hands, using a circular motion, moving from the center and working toward your cheeks. Repeat seven to ten times.
Place your thumbs under your cheekbones about a finger’s width away from the sides of your nose. Rub in a circular motion for a moment. This will relieve tension in your face that may be caused by sinus congestion.
Press deeply under the lower jawbone with the thumbs as if making deep indentations from underneath the ears to below the chin. Repeat three to five times. This tones the skin and muscles of the jaw.
Use your index, middle and ring fingers to press around your ears several times, increasing circulation in the ears and improving your sense of balance.
Using the thumbs and index fingers, hold the tops of your ears, pulling upward. Then pull from the sides of your ears outward, and from the lobes downward. Repeat twice in each direction. Stimulates flow of energy and assists in the elimination of toxins.
Place your hands, palms facing forward, behind the ears. Briskly strike the ears back and forth ten-twenty times to increase circulation in ears.
Knead your ears to fully awaken them, beginning at the earlobes, moving around the edge to the top of the ears, and then to the inner ears.
Cover your left ear with your right hand, so the palm is flat over the opening of the ear, like a lid. With the first three fingers of your left hand, tap briskly on the back of your right hand, creating the sensation of sharp vibrations toward the inner ear. Tap in pairs and repeat ten pairs of taps on each ear. This helps stimulate the eardrum.
Using the index finger and middle finger, massage the temples for two minutes. This will release tension and stagnated mental energy.
Use all ten fingertips to massage the scalp, stimulating circulation and relieving fatigue.