Facial reflexology can be an effective well-being skill you can use to help your family feel better, head to toe. Reflexologist Li Paolo explains why, “The chin represents the hormonal glands, laugh lines at the outer eyes represent the colon and digestive issues. And because the face is close to the brain, facial reflexology can be very powerful.”
Facial reflexology can be used to treat migraine, teeth grinding, also called bruxism, jaw clenching, and sinus conditions. It also has a rejuvenating effect on the skin because the stimulation improves blood flow to the complexion.
Reflexology is based on the theory that different areas on the feet, face, hands and ears correspond with other parts of the body. Different points on the two feet put together represent all the major organs of the body, so by stimulating those points you can treat other parts of the body.
Reflexologist Andrea Hurst explains. “Problems in the feet can feel ‘crunchy’ to the therapist, and they indicate a problem in a corresponding organ or body part. So pressing the parts of the feet can promote healing.
“Because reflex points are connected a stimulus is sent via the nerves and meridians in the body to the corresponding body parts. You start a resonance within the body.” Reflexology can also stimulate neurotransmitters in the body, to stimulate or balance the production of body chemicals like calming serotonin or exciting adrenalin.
While an expert reflexologist is often trained in other healing therapies as well, such as TCM, you can do quite a few reflexology techniques at home, to help different members of your family feel better. Andrea explains what to look for, “There will be discoloration of the skin or texture differences that are clues to the problems in a different part of the body.”
Some important reflexology points on the feet include the ridge beneath the toes on the top part of the ball of the foot, which corresponds to the shoulder or neckline. The ball of the foot reflects the chest. The arch of the foot mirrors the digestive organs, and the heel and ankles, which contain reflexes for the reproductive system.
Here are some simple but effective drug-free reflexology moves you can try at home, for better well-being for yourself and your family. They focus on the feet, ears and face;