Spotlight on Facial Reflexology
Your facial features can sometimes portray a false emotion. If you are constantly stressed for example, the muscles in your face can 'set' in a certain position. We carry a lot of tension in our faces; frowning, clenching teeth and so on. Unless you release these muscles, just as you would a muscle knot in your shoulder, you can end up looking cross, even if you are happy on the inside.
One of my favourite Roald Dahl quotes sums this up perfectly:
"If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely"
Working in close proximity to the brain and cranial nerves makes facial reflexology especially powerful. It gives you all the benefits of a foot reflexology treatment; reducing stress, improving sleep and mood, balancing hormones, relieving migraines and sinus problems, providing an increased sense of well-being and more. It also helps to release muscle tension in the face, increasing circulation to the skin and strengthening layers of skin tissue leaving the face looking smoother and more toned with a natural healthy glow. Additionally, over a series of sessions there may be a reduction in lines and wrinkles.
I always start my facial reflexology treatments with a massage up the arms, round the shoulders and into the neck before refreshing the face and applying a Neals Yard Remedies Organic facial oil of your choice. This is followed by a relaxing facial massage, easing away any tensions before working the facial reflex points. The treatment is finished with a luxurious scalp massage for a deeply relaxing treatment.
One of my clients reactions to her first facial reflexology treatment:
"Foot reflexology is amazing but that treatment, WOW, that's special!!" Catherine
My favourite NYR facial oil is Frankincense. Frankincense essential oil has many therapeutic properties and research from Berlin and Vienna universities has found that the sesquiterpenes found in the oil increase oxygenation around the pineal and pituitary glands. This allows for the ideal balance of emotion-regulating and memory-stimulating hormones. Frankincense also has the added beauty benefits of reducing fine lines and intensely nourishing the skin with omega-rich oils.
I found this nice, simple facial massage routine on YouTube for you to follow. Choose your favourite facial cream or oil and give it a go, your skin will feel wonderful!