Yukuko Tanaka’s Anti-Aging Massage

The more I read about Japanese food culture, the more I’m getting interested. Although Japanese food is not on itself 100 % healthy , think about white rice, white bread, high in salt, a lot of battered, breaded and deep fried foods and sugar. However, their outlook on health is so inspiring. I’m talking about their green teas, their Japanese water therapy, variety of vegetables and legumes and seaweed, fermented foods, and also their moderation with food, hara hachi bu.

Today, I will mention just a tiny part of their amazing beauty culture. To me most of their treatments are just out of this world. Amazing! Japanese women are beautiful when they age. No wrinkles, shiny hair, they grey often only when they are much older, but most of all the skin It’s so smooth, clean and looks so hydrated. I always thought this was genetic, the layers of sunscreen they use and the umbrella that will be up with just a little bit of sunshine to protect their faces. But there is more to it.

I enjoyed a very nice massage the other day and indicated that I like facial massages as well. The lady told me about the Yukuko Tanaka’s Anti-Aging Tanaka Massage. This 63 year old Japanese lady developed a series of facial massages that can make your skin look much younger in only two weeks. This Japanese facial massage can basically rejuvenate you. However, you’ll need to do this every day without any breaks.

Tanaka is a process which fights wrinkles quickly and tightens the skin. The massage stimulates the lymph glands, thus speeding up the discharge of toxins and excess fluids from the face. It will reduce wrinkles, lift the face, prevent and improve sagging skin, will reduce pore size, black heads and white heads and will get rid of puffy eyes and under-eye bags.

You can do it without any oils and creams, and if you like olive, coconut oil and almond oil are also a good substitute.
The Tanaka massage method was invented by 田中宥久子(Yukuko Tanaka), a Japanese makeup artist. She claims this massage method gives an at-least-10-year-younger looking face and if you start this massage method early in age, you may not even develop wrinkle and fine lines.

The how to for this facial Tanaka massage is on YouTube.

Some tips

  • This massage method require exerting pressure on face muscle, not rubbing your face. This pressure is not only exerted by finger, but also by palm. Don’t exert too much pressure on the face neither. You should not feel sore and relax.
  • You should finish all the steps slowly and finish each very step with a lymphatic return (a movement from the preauricula to the collarbone).
  • The best moments are the morning or evening after cleansing the face. Insufficient amount of facial cream can cause face redness.
  • Close your mouth during the massage, gently bite down on teeth.
  • Don’t use this massage method when you are sick or have lymphopathia.

This Japanese method fascinates me enormously, but I’m actually also not very surprised to see so many women showing their results. Massages are very effective and can have a huge impact on our body.

I would love to know if you have any experience with facial massages. Would you give this Tanaka massage a try?


photo credit: YouTube screenshot