Unlock the Benefits of Self-Massage with IASTM Tools: 5 Expert Tips

Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) is a therapy in which special tools are used to perform massage and improve the mobility of muscles and connective tissues. It has been shown to be an effective treatment for a variety of conditions, including muscle strains, ligament sprains, post-operative rehabilitation, and chronic pain. This article will explore different ways to perform IASTM and the benefits for therapists using this technique.

Holistic Approach

This is a holistic approach to your health. We not only promote improved circulation and cell renewal, but also drain lymphatic fluid, thereby reducing swelling. In addition, facial self-massage can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, sagging eyelids, double chins, jowls, and more. That’s why facial self-massage is an important part of any beauty regimen. And most importantly, it’s something you can do at home in just 15 minutes a day. The best way to enjoy the benefits of facial self-massage is to use a specialized tool designed for Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) Therapy.

Rules For Performing IASTM Self-Massage

1. Use a gentle touch

There is no need to apply excessive pressure to the skin. The weight of the massage tool is sufficient as it has been specifically designed for use on the face (and body) with the ideal weight. Excessive pressure can irritate the skin, leave marks, or cause pain.

2. Disinfect the instrument

AkiroBlade instruments are made of stainless steel, an ideal material for working with skin as it is easily cleaned and does not harbor bacteria. This smooth, non-porous material has high resistance to bacterial growth, so simple rinsing with warm water and soap is sufficient to maintain its cleanliness.

3. Skin cleansing

Washing the face before the massage helps to create optimal conditions for the massage, including cleansing the skin of impurities and excess oil, moisturizing and calming it before the procedure, and preventing infectious diseases. This is particularly important since the massage is performed directly on the skin, and any impurities can lead to inflammation and other issues. It is necessary to use gentle cleansing products to avoid damaging the skin and triggering inflammation.

4. Properly Lubricate the Skin

During IASTM therapy massage, it is important to properly lubricate the skin with oil or cream. This helps to ensure smoothness of the skin, allowing the instrument to glide easily over the surface of the skin and properly impact the tissues. Additionally, well-lubricated skin reduces the risk of irritation and damage during the massage process. The oil or cream used should have a light texture and be non-comedogenic to avoid clogging the skin pores. Using oil or cream also helps to provide softness and moisture to the skin after the procedure. Excess cream can be easily removed after the massage or washed off completely, and a suitable amount can be applied for moisturization. Therefore, lubricating the skin with oil or cream is an important component of the IASTM therapy process. This helps to ensure the correct technique during the massage.

5. Breathing

Finally, do not forget to breathe! During self-facial massage, it is important to be relaxed and breathe, as this helps to reduce tension in the facial muscles and increase the effectiveness of the massage. Relaxation helps to relieve tension, which can cause wrinkles and other signs of aging, and promotes better blood circulation in the muscles, which improves skin tone and cell nourishment. Breathing helps to focus on the massage process.

Life Hack

If you want to make the massage more enjoyable, hold the instrument in warm water for 30 seconds before starting. This way, it will warm up to a comfortable temperature.

Correct Massage Technique

To properly perform self-massage using IASTM Therapy, it is important to know the protocol for massage movements and understand why you are massaging a particular muscle, and what method of influence it requires. This is why we have created a special resource with an Online Guide, videos, and a step-by-step protocol in PDF format on how to perform massage correctly. This resource is free for those who have purchased the Blade for the face, which includes the Akiro Small, Akiro Long, Face Blade, and Wave Blade.

It is worth noting that self-massage is particularly beneficial as it helps stimulate the release of endorphins – the body’s natural painkillers. Endorphins are known to improve mood, reduce stress, and promote relaxation. It is believed that facial self-massage also helps strengthen the immune system, making it a wonderful way to maintain good health.

Your mind and body will thank you for self-massage!