ANMA is Japanese for massage, and is a facial contour and lymphatic drainage tool designed to release muscle tension and restricted fascia, increase circulation and minimize tension lines created by repeated fascial expressions.
If used daily, it can address the superficial and deep fascia. This home treatment does not take long, and you do not need to do the whole face every time. Just do something daily.
Fascia is a supportive infrastructure or shape of our face. When there is an injury to the tissue (trauma, acne, surgery, TMJ are some of them), the fascia tightens at the injury site to minimize damage. Normally, when stress is removed, the fascia releases and resumes its natural state. Except many times it doesn’t. Common every day habits and dehydration can cause fascia to get stuck.
Dehydration causes this fibrous tissue to become rigid and stubborn. Visually, we see deep lines/wrinkles. Over the years, repeated facial expression such as squinting the eyes, frowning the face, furrowing the eyes,.. leave our musculature exhausted and depleted. This makes us look tired and older than we really are. Tense facial muscles can create involuntary habits like grinding our teeth, pursing our lips and furrowing our eyebrows.
The Anma works by gently loosening and releasing the fascia.This, in turn increases circulation, skin hydration and collagen production which improves the overall look of the face.
How to use Anma:
It is easy to use. Simply move it gently over the whole face to warm up the tissue (you can use water or oil if you need better slip but if your room is cool enough, try it on dry skin). This begins to increase the circulation and hydration by gently unraveling the hardened or tangled fascia. Do not press hard-that is not the secret. The fibroblasts (made up of collagen and elastin) which are found in the superficial layers of fascia, respond to the lightest touch.
Forehead and scalp:
Hold the Anma and massage the forehead lightly, vertically and horizontally. Move all the way up to the scalp. Repeat the movement for 3 minutes, or until the skin becomes warm.
Sandwich the brow between the fingers of the Anma and move back and forth gently in a windshield wiper motion. After you feel the tension in this area release, press the thumbs of the Anma into the pressure points of the eye area. Repeat the first and second process until you feel the tension in this area lessen. Massage under the eye along the orbital rim by gently moving the Anma towards the temples.
Mid face (jaw/cheek/chin)
Move the Anma lightly back and forth over the cheekbone and up and down the side of the jaw. If you have TMJ issues, you can slowly increase the pressure to help relive any tightness in this area. Next try pressing the the,b of the Anma into the pressure point of the jaw. Hold a few seconds then move gently up and down.
Lower face and neck:
First stimulate the jawline by using the handle of Anma to gently sweep down the neck towards the collarbones. Repeat till you feel the tension release in this area. Then to finish rub the fingers of the Anma in gentle circular motions above the collarbone moving towards the outside of the body.
Cleanse your Anma with a gentle cleanser after each use and store it in the dry place.