Technique

Stride standing at the head of the couch. Apply the lubricant to the face, décolleté region and around the back over upper trapezius.

1 Position the head in mid-line and press finger tips against the temples; hold for 5 seconds.

2 Slide the hands down the side of the face to the sternum.

3 Finger tips touching over the sternum, press gently and begin sweeping effleurage out over the pectoral muscles, around the shoulders, over trapezius and the nape of the neck; return over the top of the shoulders to the sternum. Repeat 4-6 times.

4 Repeat these steps to the nape of the neck, then return around the back of the shoulders to the sternum. Repeat 4-6 times.

Figure 7.26b Sweeping effleurage over the pectoral muscles around the shoulders.

Figure 7.26a Fingertips touching over the sternum.

Figure 7.26b Sweeping effleurage over the pectoral muscles around the shoulders.

Figure 7.26c Return to sternum over top of shoulders.

Figure 7.26d Return to sternum around the shoulders.

5 Begin on the upper sternum below the clavicle, finger kneading to the pectoral muscles out to the shoulders; stroke around the shoulders and back to the sternum. Repeat a little further down each time until the area is covered (three strips are usually enough). Repeat the sequence 3 times.

6 Finger circular kneading to upper fibres of trapezius, begin at the shoulder and work in over the back and up the nape of the neck; slide back to shoulders and repeat 3 times.

Figure 7.26e Circular finger kneading in three Figure 7.26f Circular finger kneading up the strips to pectoral muscles. nape of the neck over trapezius.

7 Knuckling over the pectoral muscles and knuckling over trapezius may be included depending on time constraints.

8 Repeat sweeping effleurage as just shown.

Place one hand over the clavicle and stroke up over platysma to the mandible; follow seamlessly with the other hand in a rollover manner; work from side to side over the neck.

Figure 7.26g Knuckling over the pectoral muscles.

Figure 7.26h Stroking over platysma, work from side to side.

10 Place middle and ring fingers in the centre under the chin, apply pressure upwards under jaw bone, move out slightly and repeat at 6-8 points.

11 Place index fingers touching above the top lip and middle fingers touching below bottom lip; draw fingers out and up to corners of mouth and slide back. Repeat 6 times.

Figure 7.26i Upward pressure under jaw line.

Figure 7.26j Slide fingers out to corner of the mouth. Lift and slide back.

12 Place ring and middle fingers on the chin, circular kneading up over the cheeks to ear lobe; slide back to lips, repeat from corner of mouth to middle of ear, slide back to side of nose, repeat from nose to above the ear. Repeat the 3 movements 3 times.

13 Place ring and middle fingers at corner of the mouth, start circular kneading up naso-labial furrow to nose; slide the fingers up over the brow and back down to the mouth. Repeat 6 times.

Figure 7.26k Circular kneading over the cheeks.

Figure 7.26k Circular kneading over the cheeks.

Figure 7.26l Circular kneading to naso-labial furrow.

14 Place middle fingers on the temples, start light circular kneading under the eyes to the nose, stroke up the nose and across the brow back to the temple. Repeat 6 times.

15 Place finger tips on cheeks and tap lightly and upwards all over the cheeks. Cover well.

Figure 7.26m Very light pressure, circular kneading below eye. Figure 7.26n Light tapping over the face.

16 Place the index and middle fingers on the forehead, pointing towards each other forming two V shapes; move the fingers towards each other and into the V; move the fingers in this way back and forth across the forehead. Cover well.

17 Place the right hand horizontally across the forehead and the other hand below it, begin slow stroking upwards with the right hand: the left hand follows seamlessly; cover the forehead from left to right as the hands roll over each other. Cover well.

Figure 7.26o Index and ring finger on forehead, Figure 7 26p Stroking over the forehead. v-shaped movements in and out.

18 Place the hands on either side of the face, fingers under chin; apply gentle pressure inwards and upwards to lift the face; be careful not to drag the skin. Hold and release slowly. Repeat 3 times.

19 Slide the hands up to temple, apply pressure, hold and slowly release.

20 Cover the eyes and press gently.

Figure 7.26q Apply pressure inwards and upwards to lift face.

Figure 7.26q Apply pressure inwards and upwards to lift face.

Figure 7.26r Cover the eyes and press gently.

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