I am a massage therapist using just feet. My DVD (a full visual body massage demonstration) does not include face massage, so here are some of my techniques for face massage with feet.
The face holds a lot of tension and giving a face massage is a particularly pleasurable experience. Some people have an aversion to feet so this is not for them, however some people love feet, some have a foot fetish and they might find this a very sensual experience, most people will just find it relaxing.
To massage the face using the feet is unusual and does require dexterity and flexibility of the foot, hip, knee and toe.
Make sure the feet are clean, smooth and the toe nails are short. Moisturise the feet so they will move over the face easily. Be wary of the power behind the foot and only try this if you have good control of your feet.I do not recommend using oil to massage the face, the feet will not be pushing the skin around, but using gentle pressing and tiny rotational movements, feeling the skin rubbing against the small muscles of the face. The toes should be lifted and reposition to move over the face.
The person who is receiving the massage should be lying on a comfortable mat on the floor with the rest of their body covered to keep them warm and comfortable. Place a wide legged stool or chair in position just beneath the chest of the receiver, sitting on the stool the feet should easily be able to reach the top of the receiver’s head.
The face is a delicate part of the body although it is possible to use two feet at a time if you have very strong abdominal and quadriceps muscles I would advise against it.
For face massage using feet I will describe each movement, repeat as required and change feet after completing the routine on one side of the face or after each action, depending on your abilities and the receiver’s feedback.
Cup the instep of the feet around each side of the face over the chin and jaw bone and stroke up wards toward the top of the head.
Put the right foot to the side of the receivers head, touching the head and supporting it, this prevents the head from moving.
Place the big toe of the left foot on the receiver’s forehead just right of the centre and just above the eyebrow, make sure the toe is not pointing down into the skin but lays flat onto the skin. Use gentle press and release movements up the natural line of the forehead until the hairline is reached (about four individual movements should do it). Use the same technique and work outwards towards the temple. When you feel the temple indentation use the toe pad in a circular motion, or use the side of the toe using a cycling action to give a sensation of rotation. The side of the ball of the foot can also be used here.
From the temple, depending on the flexibility of the hips, turn the knees outwards and use the flat underside of the toe to continue the circular rotational movement down along the jawbone to the chin. If this is difficult use the side of the toe.
Move the toe back to the eyebrow starting from the bridge of the nose and work along the eye brow out to the corner of the eye, gently pressing just under the bone. Do not pull the skin. Use the same technique this time working carefully around the eye socket under the eyes.
Place the big toe at the side of the nose and gently press slowly out under the cheek bone ending at the ear with rotational movements to finish.
Gently massage the earlobe between your big toe and second toe and then pull the lobes very gently, then use the big toe to moving around and up to the top of the ear. This is a difficult area and trial and error and communication with the receiver is the only way to learn.
I have worked with clients on various techniques and whilst the ball of the foot can be used to gently rotate in the hollow of the cheek, check with the receiver their feelings on this technique.
Use both feet in a cupping hold, place at each side of the head with the instep of the foot over the ears and glide slowly down, turning the feet to rest the instep on the shoulders of the receiver, let them rest there for a couple of seconds and then remove.