facial acupressure skincare wellness Dec 27, 2023
The origins of facial acupressure and how it can transform your skin
Facial acupressure, is a key part of The Danielle Collins Face Yoga Method. Alongside facial exercise, facial massage, facial relaxation and wellbeing, acupressure helps our skin look and feel glowing and healthy.
Acupressure is a practice rooted in both traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and Ayurveda and has a rich history and cultural significance both for the skin and overall wellness. While distinct in their origins, both TCM and Ayurveda share a holistic approach to health, with a focus on the mind, body and spirit. 

Traditional Chinese Medicine

In traditional Chinese medicine, the concept of acupressure is deeply embedded in the philosophy of balancing the body's vital energy, known as Qi (pronounced "chee"). The face is considered a microcosm of the entire body, with specific acupressure points corresponding to various organs and systems. According to TCM principles, stimulating these points promotes the smooth flow of Qi, helping to restore balance and harmony within the body.
The origins of TCM can be traced back thousands of years, evolving from ancient Chinese philosophies such as Taoism and Confucianism. Acupressure, including facial acupressure, is based on the meridian system, which consists of energy pathways connecting different parts of the body. In facial acupressure, we target specific points on the face to address issues ranging from pain relief to promoting skin health. The technique involves applying gentle pressure using fingers or specialised tools like Gua Sha or crystal rollers to stimulate these points.


Ayurveda, the traditional system of medicine in India, also has a rich history of facial acupressure. Rooted in ancient Sanskrit texts, Ayurveda emphasises balance among the three doshas - Vata, Pitta, and Kapha - that govern various physiological and psychological functions. The face, in Ayurveda, is a reflection of one's doshic balance, and facial acupressure is used to restore harmony within these doshas.
Facial acupressure in Ayurveda involves manipulating specific marma points, which are vital energy points believed to be intersections of the body's energy pathways. These points are scattered across the face and neck, and applying gentle pressure to them is thought to release blocked energy, promote circulation, and enhance the flow of Prana, or life force.


Both TCM and Ayurveda share a common thread in viewing the face as a mirror reflecting the internal state of the body. In TCM, facial diagnosis is a practiced art where skilled practitioners observe facial features, colours, and expressions to gain insights into a person's health. Ayurveda similarly acknowledges the face as a diagnostic tool, with changes in skin texture, colour, and the appearance of lines considered reflections of internal imbalances.
Facial acupressure techniques from both traditions often involve massage, tapping, or gentle strokes in addition to pressure application. These methods aim to promote relaxation, alleviate tension, and enhance the natural radiance of the skin. In TCM, the belief is that the face, being rich in meridians and acupoints, serves as a gateway to influencing the body's entire energy system.
In Ayurveda, the holistic approach extends beyond physical health to encompass mental and emotional well-being. Facial acupressure in this tradition is seen not only as a means to address skin concerns but also as a way to soothe the mind and balance the emotions. The interconnectedness of the doshas is evident in Ayurvedic facial acupressure, as treatments are tailored to an individual's unique constitution.
While both TCM and Ayurveda have contributed significantly to the development of facial acupressure, it's essential to recognise the cultural nuances and philosophical differences between the two traditions. TCM often employs the Yin-Yang philosophy and the Five Elements theory in understanding health, while Ayurveda relies on the doshic framework and the concept of the three gunas - Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas.

Face Yoga

Both traditions have influenced The Danielle Collins Face Yoga Method. Over the past 18 years I have drawn on both philosophies and used key acupressure points throughout my accredited Face Yoga teacher training course and Gua Sha teacher training course as well as both my books. Acupressure is a wonderful tool for helping our skin look naturally smoother and firmer as well as positively benefiting our health. You can enjoy some of the benefits in this video