Have a quick two minutes? Take a little break to soothe your eyes with an eye massage. If you work on the computer for an extended period of time, or do other detailed-demanding work, you probably find that your eyes get tired before the day is done. Your concentration is likely to wander since the focus shifts to your eyes rather than the task at hand.
Why Practice Eye Care with an Eye Massage?
Tired eyes can be due to dry eyes since your eyes are fixated on a specific task where you go from blinking an average of 15 - 20 times per minute to 3 - 4 times per minute. This can strain your eye, leading to redness and fatigue.
Relieve tired or dry eyes by doing a self-massage to help increase blood circulation to the eye area and release muscle tension. The eye exercise below can be used daily to encourage healthy habits and to reap the benefits of soothing eye care.
STEP 1: Massage Eye Socket Bones
Keeping your eyes closed, use your middle finger to massage the eye-socket bones and down to the bridge of the nose. Repeat 8-10 times. This could help to increase the blood circulation in your face, giving more oxygen and nutrients to the red blood cells around your eyes.
STEP 2: Press on Pressure Points at Your Temples
Press on the pressure points just under the brow bone below the inner eyebrows and count to 3. Then press at temples and do the same. By adding pressure, you’re stimulating different areas of your facial muscles, which are responsible for squinting and blinking.
STEP 3: Relieve Pressure Between Your Eyes
Using your thumbs, gently press on the area right above the inner corner of the eyes where the crease of your lid begins. Press slowly and release. Repeat this exercise 5 times. By doing this, you’re helping to relieve pressure in between your eyes.
STEP 4: Massage Your Temples
Using your middle fingers, massage the hollow area which is located in the temples on the side of your face using an up and down motion. Continue to massage the area for 1 minute. This can help to reduce any tension in your temples and gives a feeling of relaxation.
STEP 5: Massage the Back of the Head
Using the tips of your index fingers, gently massage the area located in the back of the skull, directly behind the eyes. Take care not to press to hard since this is a tender spot. Continue to massage the area for 1 minute.
It’s great to use simple techniques in your daily routine of this eye exercise to keep your eyes healthy by massaging them.