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Kobido massage (Japanese facial massage): what it is and how it works

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Kobido massage is sometimes referred to as a 'Japanese facelift'. It is an ancient facial massage technique that originated in Japan. It began to develop over 500 years ago - it is said that the imperial family in Japan used this massage to keep their skin healthy and youthful.

It is difficult to pinpoint unequivocally what the word 'Kobido' means, but many studies suggest that - freely translated - 'Kobido' is 'the ancient way to beauty'.

In recent years, Kobido massage has become increasingly popular worldwide. Its enthusiasts argue that it improves the appearance of the skin and has additional health and well-being benefits. Kobido massage is said to influence immunological, neurological, dermatological and psychological aspects of health.

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From this article you will learn:

  • What a Kobido massage is.
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  • How to perform it correctly.
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  • What are the most important benefits of Kobido massage for health and beauty.
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What does Kobido massage consist of?

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The Kobido massage combines a variety of techniques that together, holistically, improve the condition of facial skin. 

The most important techniques are:

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Strokes

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This technique involves gently tapping the areas to be massaged with the fingertips. Its main purpose is to stimulate blood circulation, make the skin more flexible and prepare the muscles for further therapy.

Knocking

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In Kobido massage, knocking involves lightly tapping with the fingertip, thumb or fist to stimulate blood and lymph flow. It has a soothing effect on the skin and a tonic effect on the facial muscles.

Kneading

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This technique involves kneading the muscles, which leads to muscle relaxation and the removal of tension from the facial muscles. The kneading movements also help to remove toxins and promote blood circulation.

Vibration

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Vibration is used to relax facial muscles, activate blood circulation, and increase blood and lymphatic acceleration in the long term.

The techniques are combined and applied to different areas of the face, such as the neck, décolletage, chin, cheeks, forehead and the area around the eyes. They all aim to relax, improve the condition of the skin and restore a youthful facial appearance.

What are the benefits of Kobido massage

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The Kobido massage is not only a rejuvenating therapy, but above all a relaxing one - for the face and mind. The practice has many benefits, both for the skin and for overall health. Here are some of them:

Improving blood and lymph flow

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The techniques used in Kobido massage promote blood and lymph flow, promote the removal of toxins and the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to skin cells. 

Facial muscle devitalisation

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Massage stimulates the facial muscles, making them firmer and more elastic. As a result, this counteracts the ageing process and the skin becomes more healthy and radiant.

Treatment of skin and rheumatic problems 

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By speeding up circulation and stimulating the lymphatic system, Kobido massage can help treat a variety of skin problems, such as acne or eczema, and rheumatic problems, such as neck or neck pain.

Promoting collagen production

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By stimulating the skin, massage visibly increases the production of collagen -the protein responsible for skin elasticity and firmness.

Relaxation and stress reduction

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The Kobido massage not only improves the condition of the skin, but also contributes to deep relaxation, which has a positive impact on the overall quality of life. In addition, regular massages help to reduce stress, which translates into a healthier and younger-looking complexion.

Indications and contraindications for Kobido massage

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Before you get a Kobido massage, pay attention to the indications and contraindications for this therapy. 

This is who this massage is recommended for and when it should be avoided

For whom is Kobido massage recommended?

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  • For those whose goal is to improve the hydration and firmness of the skin - the Kobido massage promotes the regeneration and production of collagen, which contributes to improving the condition of the skin.
  • For those who want to reduce wrinkles - the massage stimulates facial muscles, leading to a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles and delaying the ageing process.
  • For those who are stressed and tired - regular Kobido massages have a relaxing and de-stressing effect, resulting in a better sense of well-being.
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Contraindications to Kobido massage

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  • Active inflammation: people with active inflammation of the skin, such as acne or eczema, should avoid massages so as not to aggravate their condition.
  • Periodic conditions: if you have a fever, skip the Kobido massage - it can stress the body and aggravate the symptoms of the illness.
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  • Sinus problems - people with sick sinuses should avoid Kobido massage, as improper massage techniques can cause unwanted discomfort.
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  • Diabetes: diabetics should consult their doctor before receiving a Kobido massage, as improperly performed treatments can affect blood circulation.
  • Cancer: people with cancer or suspected cancer should avoid massage so as not to create additional health risks.
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Remember that it is always advisable to consult a doctor or specialist before undergoing a Kobido massage to ensure that the treatment is suitable for you and your health.

Preparation before the massage

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In order to reap the full benefits of a Kobido massage, it is a good idea to prepare properly for the treatment. Here are some tips to get you well prepared:

Wash your face.

Wash your face and cleanse your skin

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Before starting your facial massage, it is a good idea to wash your face with a gentle face wash gel and cleanse with a toner. This will help to remove dirt, make-up and excess sebum from the skin for better massage results.

Clip your hair with a hairband or elastic band

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To avoid interference during the massage, it is a good idea to secure your hair with a headband or rubber band. This will avoid accidentally spreading massage products on your hair.

Choose the right massage cosmetics

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Choosing the right massage cosmetics is crucial to keep your skin moisturised and nourished. You can use natural oils such as jojoba oil, coconut oil or argan oil. On the other hand, those with oily skin can use light moisturising creams or gel serums. It is also important that cosmetics are well absorbed by the skin, are fragrance-free and free of artificial colours and preservatives.

Adequate preparation for a Kobido massage can contribute to the benefits of this treatment. It is therefore worth paying attention to these elements and making an effort to prepare for the massage in the right way.

How to perform a massage.

How to carry out a Kobido massage yourself, at home?

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If you decide to carry out a Kobido massage yourself at home, here is a detailed description of the various steps of the process:

Start with the neck and shoulders

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Sit comfortably and apply the massage cosmetic to the neck and shoulders. Make kneading and gentle circular movements to relax the muscles. Remember that performing this step correctly will improve the results of your facial massage.

Move on to the décolletage, neck and chin

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Apply the cosmetic to the décolletage, neck and chin using gentle upward circular motions. Avoid tugging the skin or over-stretching.

Continue massaging in the cheek, nose, forehead area

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Transfer the massage movements to the cheeks, nose and then to the forehead, using kneading techniques, tapping and fingertip strokes. Work along the muscle lines, trying to relax as much as possible.

Take care of wrinkles around the eyes

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Gently massage the area around the eyes, using optional light fingertip strokes and quick vibrating movements. Avoid excessive pressure, as the skin in this area is particularly delicate.

Complete the massage correctly

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Finish the massage by making a few circling movements with your fingertips all over the face, neck and décolleté. Gather up any excess cosmetic from the face with your own hands and perform a relaxing motion on the shoulders and neck.

Completing the massage correctly

Completing the massage with your fingertips on the shoulders and neck.

By following these steps as described, you can perform an effective Kobido massage at home. Remember, however, that it may take time and practice to learn how to perform the massage techniques properly and get optimal results. Performing the massage regularly will yield the best results.

Summary

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  • Kobido massage is an ancient Japanese facial massage technique that can provide numerous benefits.
  • The most important benefits of Kobido massage are: improving blood and lymph circulation, revitalising facial muscles, treating skin problems, promoting collagen production, and relaxing and reducing stress. 
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  • Be aware of the indications and contraindications and prepare accordingly before having a massage. 
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  • It is possible to perform a Kobido massage at home yourself, but it is worth taking the time to learn the correct techniques to achieve the best results. 
  • Remember that regularity and regularity bring the best results, so choose Kobido massage as part of your care.
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FAQ

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. How often to perform Kobido massage.

If you are satisfied with the results, perform the Kobido massage every 1-2 weeks. However, the use of this massage depends on the individual needs of the skin, so observe your body's reactions and adjust the frequency of the massage to suit your own skin.

. How much does a Kobido massage treatment cost?.

The price of a Kobido massage treatment can vary depending on the salon and location. The average cost of this massage ranges from £200 to £400 per session.

. Is it possible to benefit from the Kobido massage if you have a vascular complexion?.

Yes, Kobido massage is suitable for people with vascular skin. Inform the masseuse or masseur about your skin type - so that they can adapt the techniques to your needs. They will then most often use gentler movements that do not put too much strain on sensitive blood vessels.

. Does Kobido massage hurt?.

The Kobido massage should not be painful. It is a gentle massage, performed with proper techniques and gentle and skillful movements.

. Are there Kobido massage training courses somewhere?.

Yes, there are Kobido massage training courses. Search for courses at beauty schools, universities or health and beauty communities. Courses are also available online.

. How long does the effect last after a Kobido massage?.

The effects of a Kobido massage can last for 2-3 weeks. Regular massage will help to prolong the effects and improve the condition of the skin in the long term.

. Does Kobido massage slim down the face?.

The Kobido massage can contribute to visually slimming the face by stimulating lymph and firming the facial muscles. However, this is not the main purpose of this massage - Kobido is primarily intended to improve the condition and tone of the skin.

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Natu.Care Editor

Ludwik Jelonek is the author of more than 2,500 texts published on leading portals. His content has found its way into services such as Ostrovit and Kobieta Onet. At Natu.Care, Ludwik educates people in the most important area of life - health.

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