This question comes up a lot at Bellanina Institute so we decided to do a review to make sure we are all on the same page.

  Facial includes:

  • Extractions (removing sebum from plugged pores). Included in this are extractions using a lancet, which pricks the skin to ‘open up’ a milia or a pustule to extract or drain. Often bleeding occurs.
  • Exfoliation such as scrubs, peels and microdermabrasion
  • Steaming equipment
  • Galvanic, ultrasonic, laser or micro-current equipment or a variety  of other pieces of equipment designed to cleanse, stimulate and remove dead skin and penetrate products, stimulate collagen products, and so forth.
  • Active ingredients are applied to make changes in the skin cells, in the form of ampoules and serum applications with vitamins, minerals, peptides, and anti-oxidants.  Often these ingredients are ‘pushed’ into the skin with high frequency equipment, like galvanic, to penetrate deeper in the skin cells.
  •  Chemical peels, such as lactic acid, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, jester, blue peels, phenol peels, are applied to cause the skin to peel off to reveal new skin underneath.  The damage from a chemical peel stimulates collagen production much like ‘skinning’ your elbow or knee causes you to grow new skin.
  • Manual manipulation techniques (massage) in a smooth, soft, fluid manner using the backs of the fingers (not the tips). This is the ‘feel good’ part of the facial.
  • Cleansing first, then dressing the skin to prepare the client to leave.

Now, let’s examine what we do in a Bellanina Facelift Massage:

  • We start with Thai Massage techniques to the feet and ankles which stimulate energy flow
  • Passive joint movement to the legs & hips, which stimulate energy flow from the iliac crest through the pelvic region (rectus femoris, tensor fascia lata and sartorius as well as i.t. band, peroneus longus, tibialis anterior).
  • Continuing with Thai techniques we stretch the gastrocnemius muscle and peroneus brevis and stimulate the arch of the feet reflexes which correspond to the spine
  • Stretching of the arms affect the wrist and shoulders, latissimus dorsi, teres major, serratus anterior and pectoralis major
  • Stretching of the neck involves the trapezius muscles and occiput, and more
  • The Acu Circle Wake up is designed to stimulate the energy flow in the face through activating 9 acupressure points on the face involving the large intestine, bladder, stomach, gall bladder meridians plus a few more
  • The skin is cleansed to remove make up and cellular debris prior to placing massage oil. It would be irritating to the skin to massage it with makeup on.
  • We massage pectoralis, deltoids, trapezius muscles and again the neck and occiput
  • Then…. We do a 20-point massage technique through strokes of lifting and contouring, effleurage, pettrisage, lymph strokes, tapotement and acupressure.
  • We cleanse the oil off and prepare the face for the Honeylift massage strokes.
  • Through a series of massage strokes of tapotement and reverse percussion we perform the Honeylift technique
  • We cleanse the honey off and dress the face to protect the skin from the elements.
  • We then massage the feet, hands and scalp.


This bullet-point description helps you to understand that this treatment is not a facial although there are a few similarities!

It is important that you never call the Bellanina Facelift Massage a FACIAL because it is beyond the scope of a massage therapist and could cause you some trouble with the cosmetology board, if it were brought to their attention. Also, it minimizes the treatment to a skin treatment for the face and what we have created is a full body treatment that focuses on the face. Our treatment is more holistic and involves the movement of energy throughout the body as well as a benefit of relaxation, clearer and more radiant skin and toned muscles (through the series approach).