Miss going for facials? So do we. Due to Phase 2 (Heightened Alert), beauty services that include removing face masks have been halted but this will soon resume on June 14.
However, who says you can't carry out your own facial at home? In fact, why not try something new ahead of Global Wellness Day, which falls tomorrow on June 12.
If you haven't tried a Thai facial massage, this is the perfect time to do so. It is part of the Thai Hermit Exercise or Reusi Dat Ton, which is one of the branches of Traditional Thai Medicine.
"Traditional Thai Medicine is a natural, holistic approach to health and well-being developed over thousands of years which encompass proper nutrition, physical exercise, use of medicinal herbs and therapeutic massage," says Sirirat Chaikhampha, head instructor of Chiva-Som International Academy, Bangkok.
"The primary goal is to maintain health and well-being as well as curing diseases and ailments."
Some of the benefits of Thai facial massage include:
· Encourage blood and lymphatic circulation
· Promote vision
· Support headache/Migraine
· Promote flexibility and mobility
· Induces relaxation
· Rebalance and promote energy flow
Below, Chaikhampha shares five simple steps of doing a Thai facial massage at home:
1. Tease the hair
Use the tip of the index finger, middle finger, ring finger and gently press on the eye socket, then slide up to the forehead. Continue to the head and nape of the neck; repeat 10 times.
2. Apply 'powder'
Use both middle fingers to press the sides of the nose and slide up to the forehead. Then, slide both hands to the temple, continuing to the cheeks and finish at the chin; repeat 10 times.
3. Wipe the mouth
Place the left hand over the mouth with firm pressure and slide your hand to the left and close the lips, switch to the right hand; repeat 10 times.
4. Wipe the chin
Place the back of your left hand under your chin with the fingertips on the right earlobe. Slide your hand from the right earlobe along the chin to the left ear, switch to the right hand; repeat 10 times.
5. Press under the chin
Use both thumbs to press under the chin with moderate pressure from the middle of the chin to the ear. Hold for 10 seconds for each point; repeat 10 times.