Give Yourself a Facelift Massage Tonight

Julie Lynge teaches us how to reduce facial tension.

Ashley Batz Photography

Many of us turn to expensive products and procedures in the quest to stop signs of aging. What if all you needed were a pair of knowing hands? “It’s important to activate your face,” says Julie Lynge, a therapist who specializes in “facelift massage.” At her clinic in Sausalito, Julie offers a noninvasive alternative to treatments like botox and fillers. Her mission is to help clients release tension in their faces. This can relieve pain and also take years off your appearance. 

Massage is a noninvasive alternative to treatments like botox and fillers.

“An alive face is a beautiful face,” Julie explained at a facial tension workshop at The Assembly. She taught members various massage techniques you can do at home to reduce tension in your jaw, forehead, eyes, and neck. If you get into a regular massage routine, Julie swears people will start telling you: “there’s just something about you.” Julie herself is 46 years old and has opted out of botox, instead using her own technique for more than a decade. I can confirm that it’s working — at least for her! 

Before opening her practice, Julie worked as a dental technician in Copenhagen. In that role, she confronted patients dealing with painful TMJ and migraines. Nothing seemed to work. So, she set out on a mission to help people heal both the body and mind, getting training in craniosacral therapy and psychology. During our workshop, Julie shared some of the methods she’s developed for working out your face muscles at home. They include:

  • Jaw: Massage face serum into your face, using an upward circular motion and starting at your jaw. Try to penetrate the face muscles, not just your skin. This will release tension in your jaw and awaken your face. 
  • Eyes: Pull back the muscles to the side of each eye, at your temple, and squint. Hold for a few seconds without closing your eyes and release. Repeat a few times. This can open up your eyes and potentially reduce bags under them.
  • Forehead: Place your hand over your forehead to keep your forehead muscles still. Then, practice opening your eyes as widely as you can. This helps you look more awake and keeps your from raising your eyebrows, which can cause fine lines.
  • Neck: Stretch out your neck. Turn your head to one side and let it hang for a minute. Then slowly switch the the other side. A strong neck is crucial to carrying your face well. 
  • Overall Beauty: Flirt with yourself. This isn’t technically a massage, but Julie believes appreciating your own inner and outer beauty will improve your appearance and overall wellbeing. Take a second to look in the mirror and compliment yourself.

“You invest so much in beauty, you need to enjoy it,” Julie said. With her tips for facial massage, you don’t have to spend money on another potion or treatment. You simply have to give your face a little love. This approach has opened my eyes — literally and figuratively.

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