Reflexology and Facial Massage
The face is a warehouse for all of the joys, sadness, laughter, and anger that has been experienced throughout life. It is also an interconnected chain of nerves and tissue connecting to other areas of the body. Much the same as reflexology of the feet, when pressure is applied to different points this can effect healing in other areas of the body.
Most of us can agree that there is a definite sensation that comes from being massaged, having acupuncture, or releasing pressure points on the body. I have experienced my sinuses completely clearing up after massaging a sinus pressure point for 30 seconds. It really can happen that fast.
Reflex - “and involuntary and nearly instantaneous movement in response to a stimulus. A reflex is made possible by neural pathways called reflex arcs, which can act on an impulse before that impulse reaches the brain. The reflex is then an automatic response to a stimulus that does not receive or need conscious thought.” Whoa!!!
There is evidence that certain forms of Reflexology were practiced as far back as 4000 B.C. Touch Therapy has evolved since then but also stood the test of time.
As humans we require touch, it is necessary for our health and well-being. When we can give ourselves touch, it is a form of self-love that can translate into taking better care of ourselves. I am a huge fan of self-care rituals and know just how potent these acts of kindness can be on our own psyche.
While we are on the topic of massage, touching and all things self-care related, here are some of the proven benefits of facial massage:
- Clarifies vision
- Prevents rhinitis and sinusitis
- Warms and relaxes the body
- Treats fatigue
- Stimulates endocrine, digestive and reproductive systems
- Helps alleviate wrinkles and puffiness
- Stimulates the brain
- Treats memory loss
- Treats impotence
- Preventative of alopecia, dandruff, headaches, and insomnia
- Lubricates the joints
- Promotes kidney function
Personally, I have been practicing a set of 12 facial massages, from the brilliant teachers of Dien Chan. I have been using these techniques for a few months now and some of the things that I have noticed are:
- My face looks more symmetrical
- Aches and pains in targeted areas seem to be less agitated
- Deep lines have been fading/disappearing
- Less water retention
I do these massages in the morning upon waking up while I’m still in bed. I do this so that I am filling my own cup first. But also, the inventors say completing the techniques first thing in the morning is the best time to do it.
Since discovering facial massages I’ve started researching and using facial massage tools as well. The tool I use is a Pronged Yin roller with a spiked mini yang ball. I have extremely sensitive skin so I do my rolling in the evening before bed as some redness does appear because of increased circulation. The yang end is used to work and prepare the tissues, improving microcirculation of the blood. While the yin side helps to balance bodily fluid. This tool helps alleviate puffiness, wrinkles, and increases circulation on the surface of my skin. In the body, it helps alleviate migraines, stomachaches, muscular tension and calming the nervous system.
All of these benefits by massaging my face every day! I am in love. The geniuses who created these adornments carry a myriad of tools on their website for different types of needs. They also have courses to become a certified Dien Chan expert. I highly recommend checking out their site below. There are so many things you can do to improve your overall health and vitality, sometimes you just need the right tools.
I've also started compiling a list of amazing resources of facial massage information for all of you Pinterest fans. The link is below.