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Facial Reflexology for Stress Relief

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Author: 
Katie Cardinal
Thursday, December 9, 2010

Photo: Courtesy of Michal Marcol

When you get angry or happy or sad, where do you show your emotions first? Your face, of course! Your face is one of the most expressive parts of your body to the outside world. From talking, chewing, and laughing to grinding teeth, smiling, and frowning, your face gets quite a workout on a daily basis. For this reason, facial muscles hold a lot of stress and tension simply due to living. But what if there was something to do in order to reduce the tension in your face and your overall stress level?

The technique of facial reflexology was created by Lone Sorenson, who combined the modern science of neurology with the ancient therapies of Traditional Chinese Medicine, South American Zone Therapy, and Vietnamese face maps and points. The idea behind facial reflexology revolves around the number of nerves and blood vessels in the face in addition to the face’s proximity to the brain. With face reflexology, stimulation of the points and zones via fingertip pressure trigger the release of endorphins and serotonin, leaving the face feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Such stimulation also sends impulses through the central nervous system and the meridians to the physical body and the major organs. In this way facial reflexology stimulates blood circulation and lymphatic drainage in addition to balancing hormones and leveling emotions. The technique clams the body and allows it to heal itself.

Facial reflexology has a variety of utilizations, including the treatment of specific conditions, to maintain health, and to simply relax the face. Facial reflexology has been used for the following conditions: allergies, anxiety and stress, arthritis, bells palsy, depression, digestive problems, insomnia, infertility, migraines, and stroke rehabilitation. Reflexology has also been used for children who have learning challenges, problems concentrating, difficulty remaining in their seat, having no friends, peers-caused emotional difficulties, weak memory and recall, and stress and anxiety.

Following the facial reflexology session an individual usually feels deeply relaxed with a healthier complexion and radiant face. In some cases an individual may experience headaches, chills, profuse sweating, or changes in bowel and urination due to the detoxification effects of facial reflexology. It is important to remember that all of the symptoms are only temporary and will return to normal. Individuals should get plenty of rest and consume plenty of water to support the body in its transition.

 

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