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Question: what's the nicest position to receive facial,lying or sitting?

Asked by IsleofWightMassage

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I have seen plenty of variety when it comes to facial treatments and I often do them in the sitting position but I just wondered if you therapists out there had any preferences!! it is lovely to link into scalp in the sitting position but do the clients relax more when prone?? xx

Classic Facials, Face Massage

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I'd definitely say lying down with the head slightly elevated- easier for your back as a therpaist and nicer for your client so they don't get a blocked nose or 'head rush'. You can still link in with the scalp in this position too :-)

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In my experience definitely lying, as i like to include a little chest and shoulder massage, to me it gives my customers the feeling they are at a spa. Although if the customer has mobility problems i would use the sitting position. its all about the customers preferences to me.

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Good Idea Nikki thanks!


Definately lying down. It is more relaxing for the client and alot of the masks would slide if the client was to sit. Scalp massage can still be performed whilst the client is prone. Or do the scalp massage with client sitting then transfer them to the couch for the rest of the facial.


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Good thinking!!


I always do facial with client lying down. I suppose it stems from how I was trained and am used to doing it that way. I think they can relax more and also as a therapist its easier on my posture as i can sit or stand behind the client's head.
I do have one client due to their medical condition that needs to sit, and I've been able to adapt the routine to suit this.

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True, and I do have lower back issues!


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Definiately lying down - the client can relax sooo much more and you can still get your hands into the scalp. I do natural facelift massage and my clients much prefer to lay down.

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i would suggest work with the clients preference, however we always do our clients anti aging facials with them sat up so they can see how the treatment works in the mirror and watch the results before and after their treatment. if massage the lymph nodes - sitting up the clients will benefit from extra drainage - which will visibley show in the face after treatments

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Good tip thanks!!


Without question, any facial is more relaxing and enjoyable in a prone position! The next time that yoou are given a chance, try a facial in the prone position and you will never consider having one in a sitting position again. I guarantee it!

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Hi there I find lying down is a lot better and comfortable for the client.

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