Lisa Trost, massage therapist

Lisa is a San Francisco-based massage therapist whose unique specialties are Neurokinetic Therapy, a technique that uses gentle muscle testing to unravel muscular imbalances, and Oncology Massage. She has been practicing massage therapy & integrative bodywork since 2003.

Lisa Trost is one of our favorite massage therapists in San Francisco, and she does a killer lymphatic drainage massage. For those of you who can't get one from her in person, we asked for some simple but effective facial massages that anyone could do themselves in less than a minute. The three techniques she shared are so magical in their simplicity and effectiveness that we've been doing them every day at our desks, while stuck in traffic, while challenged by impertinent toddler behavior, etc.

Read on for Lisa's quick techniques — and an explanation of why these natural facial treatments work so well.

1) TO ENERGIZE
Place fingertips on forehead with upward pressure. Take 5 deep breaths.

2) TO UPLIFT
Place fingertips on either side of the mouth, lifting the corners of your mouth in a smile motion.  Take 5 deep breaths.

3) TO DE-STRESS
Place fingertips on the bones above each eyeball.  Take 5 deep breaths.

Why these techniques work:

According to Lisa, #1 and #2 work because our bodies help reinforce the feelings we're having, just as our emotions are reflected in our facial expressions, posture, etc. — it's a feedback loop. In #1, you're stimulating activity in the brain that occurs when you're not tense or frustrated, while in #2, you're sending cues that you're happy.

#3 works with a pressure point that's typically used to relieve sinus congestion, but it also cues the brain to release endorphins, making you feel energized all over.

 

About Lisa Trost: Lisa is a preternaturally gifted massage therapist whose unique specialties are Neurokinetic Therapy, a technique that uses gentle muscle testing to unravel muscular imbalances, and Oncology Massage. She has a BS in Athletic Training from the University of Florida and has been practicing massage therapy & integrative bodywork since 2003. Lisa possesses wise hands, a boundless heart and a playful sense of humor. She believes strongly in the power of food as medicine. To learn more about Lisa or to contact her for an appointment, click here.

Any topic discussed in this article is not intended as medical advice. If you have a medical concern, please check with your doctor.