Acupuncture has been practiced for thousands of years, and although cosmetic acupuncture has been around for a long time, new techniques and variations have emerged in the Western world.
Acupuncture facelift and facial rejuvenation is a form of acupuncture therapy that is applied by practitioners in an attempt to help their patients reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
Acupressure uses the same acupoint system, and makes it much easier for a person to learn the points and apply pressure to specific points to achieve the toning and texture of the skin and dermis.
Learning Facial Acupressure
Question for Dr. Leia: I found the article on stimulating a natural facelift using facial acupressure techniques really helpful. Thank you.
I’d like to ask you if there are any acupressure points that address the lower area of the cheeks? I find getting the muscles toned under the skin at that area quite difficult.
Dr. Leia’s Answer: I am pleased that you are excited about facial acupressure.
As you know, acupressure involves using the pads or tips of the fingers to gently touch upon the acupuncture points on various parts of the body and face. Acupoints are located on specific meridians or channels which run up and down the whole body: on the face, the head, the torso, the back, the hands and the legs.
These points are not just random, but are specific points precisely located on the channels or meridians. The channels or meridians connect to different organs of the body after which the meridians are named, so even though these points are located superficially on the body, you can see that they connect deeply into the body and organs and tissues surrounding these organs.
Acupressure and acupuncture is a very powerful, profound, and valuable art and healing technique. People have used acupressure and acupuncture for thousands of years, so this should be proof that it has valuable healing power even in our modern world.
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As the body ages, one notices some sagging and decrease in muscle tone, especially on the face and around the chin and cheek area.
Stimulating acupressure points on the face, chin, and cheeks can help to tone and lift the muscles. There are several pressure points located on the lower cheeks and chin. You can try placing gentle pressure with your fingertips on the bottom of the chin, in the center, or directly under the chin.
This is a point on the conception vessel or the meridian which runs down the center of the front of the body. Remember to breathe deeply and slowly as you hold these acupoints, breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth, three times, then relax the fingers.
Another point is located directly under each eye on the bony prominence of the cheek. This point is located in a direct line with the pupil of the eye when you are looking straight ahead. Press gently, breathe in and out three times, then release.
The third point is located in the hollow of the cheek, on each side of the face, near the TMJ point where the upper jaw meets the lower jaw. Again, press gently, breathe and hold, massage if you wish, then exhale.
If you want more dramatic help, you might consider visiting an acupuncturist who specializes in facial rejuvenation using either superfine acupuncture needles or a non-needle acupressure machine. Both of these methods are more powerful than acupressure, and you will have the benefit of a professional expert who will do all the work for you.