If you’re active at all on social media no doubt you’ve heard the buzz about facial contour massage (FCM™). You may be wondering if the FCM™ protocol you’re using is correct or how to improve results. 

Wonder no more! In this article, I outline the correct use of FCM™ in the treatment room and some techniques for getting “wow” results from your next client. NOTE: FCM™ is a trademark symbol owned by Jane Mann.

We all know tension will carve and etch unsightly wrinkles in the face. FCM™ will help you get to the core of problematic wrinkles. You’re using professional products and treatments on your clients, why not take take those services to the next level with FCM™.

FCM™ done correctly will release fascia AND deep tension in the face resulting in the reduction of wrinkles, increase blood flow, and allow lymphatic drainage as well.

What do I mean by ‘done correctly’? FCM™ is not a normal massage. It is done with a VERY GENTLE touch, especially in the first steps of your FCM™ .

Why? Because using too much pressure will collapse lymph passageways resulting in added puffiness. Too much pressure will increase tension in the face, instead of relieve it, and going too deep too soon, prohibits lasting benefits.

When you release the fascia first then go deeper, anti-aging magic happens and the results last longer. Think of the most recent deep tissue massage you had. It was great but you needed another one two days later, right? Why? They didn’t release the fascia and this resulted in tight fascia moving the muscles right back into (the tight) place. Fascia controls muscle and NOT the other way around.

To learn FCM™ well, you will need to educate yourself on the anatomy of the face and be able to FEEL the release. This comes with practice and experience.

Techniques you can use to ensure fascia release are:

1. Learn the feel of tight fascia verses tight muscles. Tight fascia is more dense and doesn’t release as easily in many cases. Also lighter pressure is better in the beginning since fascia is like a 3D spider web. 

2. North South East West Diagonal. Fascia can be restricted in any direction. If it’s not releasing in one direction try another.  Having a facial muscle diagram in front of you is recommended. 

3. Learn to see tight fascia “bubbles” on the face. The skin will bunch up in typical restricted fascia bubbles over fascia “fault lines” (areas of repetitive creasing during movement).  For example, bubbles can form on the sides of mouth due to tight fascia around the risorius (smiling) muscle. Release one side and compare. The untreated side is a “bubble.” 

In addition to these steps, I strongly suggest you enroll Jane Mann’s online course. And plan on attending her LIVE class in Las Vegas. The online course is prerequisite to attending the LIVE.

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