Joseph E. Samuels, Doctor of Oriental Medicine

This type of massage is an age old technique originally from China where when regularly used, the skin will stay young and beautiful. This technique then spread throughout Asia and became popular in Japan. The term jade stick comes from the actual use of a jade roller on the skin.

The jade stick facial protocol starts out with the client laying comfortably on a massage table. The massage therapist then performs effleurage techniques to start the increase of blood circulation to the skin and provide a relaxing environment for the session. The massage therapist works the forehead and crown with the jade roller. The roller tones the muscles of the face, neck and upper chest as the therapist uses a precise sequence of movements. The massage therapist concludes the session by manually massaging the face with soothing strokes.

The use of the jade roller has many effects on the skin. The coolness of the jade roller helps to tighten the skins pores. The shape of the roller allows lymphatic drainage to take place which reduces swelling such as those who experience bags under their eyes. The techniques used help to promote blood circulation which aid in the healing of damage tissue and address age spots and blotchiness that may occur due to the sun and other environmental factors. The trained therapist uses techniques with the roller and their hands moving from bottom to top and from the inside, outward over the entire face proving a reconditioning of the face making it possible to reduce wrinkles and other lines along the eyes and mouth and tighten the skin providing a “lifting” effect and a younger, healthier looking appearance.

The small jade rollers are used for the face to address areas around the eyes and mouth where wrinkles can be addressed and larger rollers to address your neck or arms. To obtain optimal results, this technique should be performed a few times per week in the beginning and then continued maintenance one time per month.