Q&A: Self Help Hold for a Facelift

Hello Astrid,
Thank you for this wonderful JSJ website. I just helped a friend who has terrible migraine headaches with the flows from there.

Question: In the section called Magic Exercise: Hold for a Facelift, the photo and the description do not match.  The photo shows someone crossing their hands and holding opposite calves but the directions describe same-side holding.  But this is further confused by  the end of the description where it states ‘no need to cross your arms when you work on someone else’, implying that you are to cross your arms when palming on yourself.

This is such a powerful pair that I would love to know which is the better way to do it!

Thank you, AC from Santa Barbara

Answer: Dear AC – Thanks for getting in touch and apologies for the confusion! In actual fact, both are correct whether you cross the arms or not. If you cross you are doing one side and if you don’t you are doing the other side flow. However, don’t worry about that, your point is right in that the photo and the text did not match – and so I have corrected that below! Take care and enjoy!

To do this Jin Shin Jyutsu self help exercise which is great for deep skin clearing (so helps clear acne, etc), heals burns, and is great for a facelift (do 20 minutes every day for at least 2 weeks and your friends will start commenting on how good you look):

Cross your arms, and place the palm of your RIGHT hand (with fingers facing down towards your feet) on the LEFT calf (lower leg). Do the same for the palm of the LEFT hand on the RIGHT calf. If you’re working on someone else, lie her face up, stand at her feet facing her and place your LEFT palm on her RIGHT calf fingers facing up towards her head, and your RIGHT palm on her LEFT calf, fingers facing up towards her head (in this case you don’t cross the arms).

Magic Exercise: Hold for a Facelift

Palming the backs of your calves for at least 20 minutes a day has a magic effect: it helps regulate the temperature in your body (especially in a very warm climate), it relaxes the muscles in the body and it moves the deep skin energy to clean, purify and regenerate the skin (so good for all skin conditions). I have a friend who practises this hold every morning because she wakes up feeling a bit tight and stiff – she was delighted when I said to her: ‘Oh, no wonder you look vibrant and so much younger than your years.’ Hold 20 minutes every day for two weeks, and no doubt your friends will start asking if you’ve had a facelift.

Cross your arms, and place the palm of your RIGHT hand (with fingers facing down towards your feet) on the LEFT calf (lower leg). Do the same for the palm of the LEFT hand on the RIGHT calf. If you’re working on someone else, lie her face up, stand at her feet facing her and place your LEFT palm on her RIGHT calf fingers facing up towards her head, and your RIGHT palm on her LEFT calf, fingers facing up towards her head (in this case you don’t cross the arms).