As you may know, facial reflexology (or any other type of reflexology) it’s a natural form of alternative therapy. It consists of applying a mechanical stimulus in a specific area where the body projects its parts distally, as a reflex.
It serves to stimulate the body and produce beneficial reactions, in addition to relieving, improving, or solving certain symptoms.
There are different body reflex points: feet, hands, ears, face, trunk, tongue, iris, and endonasal area.
Today we will focus on facial reflexology—an area of the body whose importance is beyond doubt.
You will see important data of the face’s reflex area, a brushstroke of its valuation, how your body is represented, the manipulations that can be performed on it, and the applications and benefits.
Facial features allow one person to be distinguished from another and are fundamental to interpersonal relationships.
This is because the face reveals a great amount of information through micro-expressions, which can be associated with different mental states.
The face’s appearance can also lead us to judge the person, trusting or distrusting them just because of their facial expression.
Facial reflexology can help us because, when applied directly to the face, apart from the therapeutic effects derived from the therapy itself, it also provides aesthetic and rejuvenating effects, which is generally very much appreciated.
The face can also accumulate a lot of tension for different reasons. So much so that there are relaxation techniques based solely on relaxing the face to achieve overall relaxation.
It is believed that facial reflexology acts as a regulator of the nervous system.
On the other hand, it is believed that reflexology and facial reflexology, in particular, stimulate the release of endorphins, encephalin, and dynorphins, which have an inhibitory action.
Furthermore, it’s been shown to stimulate the release of serotonin.
It seems that the reflexological stimulus in this area travels faster and more directly to the reticular area than that produced in the feet.
As in all assessment and diagnosis through reflexology, two methodologies should be used: reflex zone observation and palpations.
- Observation: The signs observed in the face, as in the rest of the reflexological zones, can provide the necessary information to evaluate the general state of the organism, both on a physical and a psycho-emotional level.
- Palpation: For facial reflexology, palpation of the face is the main method of health evaluation, with which the patient’s sensation and the signs detected by the therapist are mainly evaluated.
Reflex area locations
Facial topography and reflective face areas use two formats: On the one hand, large areas reflect different parts of the body.
This allows a general massage to be performed on the whole body, covering practically the entire face (wide areas).
On the other hand, precise points in which different body parts are also located. Their situation is much more precise than in the wide areas, so they are called specific points.
The face has 1,200 nerve endings belonging to the Central Nervous System.
These reflexological areas communicate with internal organs such as the glands, circulatory system, lymphatic system, and are connected to the energy channels, called meridians by Chinese Medicine.
This technique is performed through manual pressure on the face and skull, obtaining faster results on the mental and emotional level because the nervous system’s balance is achieved.
In medicine, facial reflexology can be used to support cases of:
- facial paralysis
- brain damage
- hormonal imbalances
- poor posture
- spine problems
- stress and depression
- motor coordination
- stuttering or dyslexia
- brain fog
- panic attacks
- mental fatigue
It is also used successfully in cosmetology treatments. By pressing and stimulating points and areas on the face, you can tighten the facial muscles and irrigate expression lines.
The facial dermis becomes luminous and radiant; the lines are smoothed, thus performing a completely natural facelift.
Facial reflexology manipulation
It’s important to consider the rhythm, intensity, time, and frequency.
Because of facial reflexology points’ specific nature, manipulation is usually done with tools such as the facial stylus, cylindrical sliders, and sliding spheres (as shown in the video above).
However, the middle finger’s friction on the index finger, or friction with the thumb, dragging with the four fingers, or scraping with a scraper can be used for a lighter intensity.
The facial reflexology treatment is divided into three phases: the initial or contact phase, in which the general sequence is applied, the assessment and treatment phase, and the relaxation phase.
It begins with a general sequence, in which some joints and a relaxation application of the face are applied.
Once the general sequence has been carried out, the therapist moves on to the previously established treatment, using specific points.
In the relaxation phase, the relaxation manipulations are carried out. To finish, it is recommended that the hands be placed gently on the face, covering the eyes, although without pressure.
Maintaining this position for a few minutes will be sufficient to generate a relaxation that is not only easy but general.
What can be treated with facial reflexology?
An endless number of ailments, pathologies, and problems (in addition to the ones mentioned earlier):
Gastritis, acne, aphonia, anemia, anorexia, allergies, facial wrinkles, arthritis, arthrosis, asthma, bronchitis, kidney stones, cellulite, cervicalgia, back pain, lumbago and sciatica, cystitis, diabetes, diarrhea, eczema, enuresis, constipation, fever, flu, herpes, hyperactivity in children, hypertension/hypotension, immune system, insomnia, menopause, irregular menstruation, migraines, otitis, nightmares, psoriasis, rhinitis, sinusitis, elbow tendonitis, thyroid, vertigo, and vomiting.
BONUS: Other types of reflexology
Foot reflexology is a therapy that seeks to treat certain diseases employing massages with circular pressure of the thumbs on certain points of the feet, stimulating the healing capacities of the body.
Through a massage, the feet are unblocked and dull to activate the lymphatic and blood circulation, releasing accumulated tensions in nerve endings, contractures at a muscular level, and renewing vital energy.
With foot reflexology, toxins and metabolic and catabolic waste get cleaned. Waste substances are reduced to smaller particles.
There are about 7000 nerve endings in the foot alone, which explains why when you are treated or massaged, your feet can feel much better.
The points on the feet connect to a large number of organs: brain, sinuses, outer ear, inner ear, eyes, temples, pineal, hypothalamus, pituitary, side of the neck, spine, shoulder, arm, neck, auxiliary eye muscle, inner ear, neck, thyroid, parathyroid, tonsils, bronchi, thyroid aids, chest, lungs, heart, esophagus, thoracic or dorsal vertebrae, solar plexus, diaphragm, liver, gallbladder, stomach, spleen, adrenals, pancreas, kidneys, waistline, ureter canal, bladder, duodenum, small bowel, appendix, ileocecal valve, ascending colon, liver incubation, transverse colon, spleen incubation, descending colon, sigmoid colon, lumbar vertebrae, sacral bone, sciatic nerve, coccyx.
As you can see, feet represent all body organs, so at least one plexus stimulates each viscera or organ to contribute to the well-being of all the body organs with foot reflexology alone.
This is a therapy that consists of applying a massage with circular pressure of the thumbs on certain reflex points to stimulate the body’s self-healing mechanisms to achieve balance and healing of the person taking the therapy.
It can also be accompanied by other therapies such as aromatherapy or music therapy.
The therapist will put a generous amount of cream, rub, massage, and make not strong pressures giving rise to a soft and continued massage by the areas of the hand that will be stimulated.
Hand reflexology is indicated in case of diarrhea, anxiety, tonsillitis, depression, dermatitis, headaches, migraines, stress, chronic fatigue, stomach pain, fibromyalgia, liver, flu, respiratory disorders, circulatory disorders, heart disorders, urinary system, gall bladder, varicose veins, and other pathologies.
Each of the hands has points that connect with different organs:
The right hand connects with the colon, thyroid, transverse liver, dorsal vertebrae, ascending colon, solar plexus, sciatic area, lumbar vertebrae, urethra, kidney, adrenals, bladder, esophagus, occipital, stomach, brain, parathyroid, eustachian tube, small intestine, ear, gallbladder.
Left hand connects to adrenals, eye, sinuses, pituitary gland, brain, thyroid, parathyroid, occipital, esophagus, stomach, kidney, eustachian tube, arm, urethra, ureter, bladder, coccyx, dorsal vertebrae, lumbar vertebrae, lung, sciatic area, heart area, descending colon, small bowel and sigmoid colon.
Auriculotherapy consists of the stimulation of acupuncture points and reflexes located in the auricular pavilion (ear) employing needles, micro-massage, or seed patches.
This therapy is both a diagnostic method and a treatment system: the same reflex points will be reactive or painful when there is a pathology in the organ or associated body system.
By stimulating the points, they send the information to the brain’s nerve centers through short-lived reflex pathways, activating the body’s natural mechanisms to treat the problem and heal itself.
Although it has its origins in Traditional Chinese Medicine, it was the French Dr. Paul Nogier who pointed out that the auricular pavilion resembles the shape of an inverted human fetus inside the mother’s womb.
Following this correspondence, more than 150 points are described on the ear, which can be used for a wide range of discomforts, disorders, or diseases.
Ear reflexology- Let’s review 8 of its benefits:
1. Decreases anxiety
As we have commented earlier, this is a benefit of reflexology in general.
2. Supports body cleansing
This makes it good therapy for people with fluid retention. In a way, we could say that it is a method that helps us cleanse the body.
3. Weight loss
Perhaps this is why more people decide to do auricular reflexology since it is quite effective in this sense.
This is what happens: when certain points of the ear get treated, the metabolism gets stimulated, thus diminishing hunger.
Also, along with other benefits like decreasing anxiety (beneficial when dieting to control compulsive food intake) and eliminating liquids, you can obtain a perfect method to help control overweight.
However, to make it even more effective, it must be accompanied by a food diet and some regular physical exercise.
4. Decreases pain
By massaging the ear, you achieve two goals that will help improve all kinds of pain: first, the secretion of substances called “endorphins” gets stimulated. That would be like the natural equivalents of painkillers, and second, you increase blood flow.
This means that by improving blood circulation, these endorphins can reach all the cells of your body much more easily, obtaining, as a consequence, a significant decrease in various types of pain.
The technique is especially effective with headaches and pain related to menstruation (what we call dysmenorrhea) and all types of back pain in general and specifically for sciatica or low back pain.
5. It improves psychological disorders such as depression or stress
This is related to the release of endorphins mentioned in the previous section and is also closely linked to the first benefit we have explained, reducing anxiety.
All this together makes this type of problem much better with the application of auricular reflexology.
6. Improves constipation problems
By stimulating the metabolism in general, you also improve this type of disorder. This benefit is also obtained with other types of reflexology, such as foot reflexology.
7. Helps you sleep better
Many patients are taking auricular reflexology sessions to solve their insomnia problems.
The therapy basically works for several of the benefits that we have already seen in the previous sections, such as anxiety reduction, stress, or endorphins release.
8. Improvement of certain gynecological disorders
We have already commented before that auriculotherapy, in general, is very effective for the treatment of dysmenorrhea.
It can treat menstrual pains and other menstrual disorders like amenorrhea (or lack of menstruation) in certain cases.
Furthermore, it can also be effective in increasing fertility in specific cases. Producing a state of well-being and relaxation can help reduce womb spasms that can prevent the correct passage of sperm to achieve pregnancy.
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