Q: Can estheticians perform massage?
Yes, but only in the delivery of skin care services, not for therapeutic purposes as a massage therapist licensed by the Board of Massage Therapists
Skin Care Beyond the Basics
states that massage stimulates the skin both physically and thermostatically, meaning that the heat generated by friction with the skin actually warms the surface. A good but gentle massage with the appropriate moisturizer will increase its penetration.
Advanced Professional Skin Care
refers to massage as pressure on the skin. By applying pressure you can effect the blood and lymphatic flow within the skin, if you apply mild rhythmic pressure in a consistant manner the skin will be stronger in order to reduce force. It does this by laying down more collagen, elastin and building a thicker epidermis.
Estheticians use massage for product penetration, skin fitness (building strength) and stress reduction (stress breaks down the immune cells in the skin).
Estheticians receive basic massage education (approximately 35 hours) compared to a minimum of 500 hours for massage therapists.
Under ORS 690.005, Definitions(6)
“Esthetics” means any of the following skin care practices performed on the human body for the purpose of keeping the skin healthy and attractive and not for medical diagnosis or treatment of disease or physical or mental ailments:
(a) The use of the hands or mechanical or electrical apparatuses or appliances for cleansing, stimulating, manipulating
, exfoliating or applying lotions or creams.
(b) Temporary removal of hair.
(c) Makeup artistry.
(d) Facial and body wrapping.
(e) Facial and body waxing.
, states "Manipulating"
means, as referred to in ORS 690.005 articulation or massage, pressure, friction, stroking, tapping or kneading by manual or mechanical means, with or without lubricants such as salts, powders, liquids or creams, for the purpose of providing skin care.