Reflexology believes that the human body contains a vital energy that flows through channels, and when obstructed, the energy stagnates in one place, causing imbalances that lead to health problems. All reflexology, including facial reflexology, is aimed at opening up these channels.
In reflexology, the practitioner applies pressure to points on the head, face, feet, and hands. Each point is connected to a specific part or organ of the body. By applying the right pressure and using the right combination of points, there are many benefits that reflexology can bring.
The benefits of reflexology
Reflexology, while technically not a massage, can have the same effects as a good massage. It improves the mood, reduces anxiety and stress, and reduces pain. It is reported to increase immunity, ease back pain, boost digestion, and help with colds, coughs and sinus problems.
Is reflexology alone enough to cure a health condition?
No, it has not been found that reflexology can work on its own, although some people report to have had some complaints cured by reflexology. The aim of reflexology is to rebalance the body and improve the functioning. It is considered an effective complementary treatment for those undergoing serious health conditions like cancer, especially when it comes to managing pain or anxiety.
Reflexology points and the body
The feet and hands have a rich collection of nerve endings with connections to various parts of the body, so it is natural that feet reflexology is most common. The left foot is connected to the left side of the body and any organs in that side, and the same applies to the right foot. The toes connect to the head, but mostly the eyes, teeth, and sinus. Applying pressure on these points opens up the energy channels and improves all functions of the parts.
The benefits of facial reflexology
The nerve endings in the face and head have the unique benefit of being closest to the brain, and therefore most effective. Facial reflexology is largely focused on health benefits like better organ function, clearing the sinuses, or improving circulation, but there are also some treatments that aim at aesthetic improvements like clearer skin, brighter eyes, and tauter cheeks and jawline.
Facial reflexology points and their connection with the body
The pressure points on the face are connected to various organs in the body, and can affect the health and function of each. The chin is related to the kidney and bladder, while the lips are connected to the intestines and stomach. The nose controls the heart while the nostrils or sides of the nose are connected to the lungs.
What does reflexology feel like?
Reflexology can feel soothing and calming on some points of the body, but can also be painful. Reflexologists believe that a tightness or soreness at certain pressure points indicate that there is an imbalance or dysfunction in the connected part of the body. Those who are sensitive or very ticklish may find feet reflexology uncomfortable and might prefer to start on the hands.
What does facial reflexology feel like?
Facial reflexology involves applying pressure to specific points on the face, and some points are naturally more sensitive than others. Your reflexologist will check with you about your comfort level, but the aim is to work on the parts where the practitioner feels tightness or imbalance. They may work on the more sensitive parts for a short while, then move on, to return to them later in the session.
What to expect in your first facial reflexology session
Before any reflexology session, your reflexology practitioner will conduct an assessment with you to understand if you have any health conditions that may preclude you from this treatment. Do communicate openly about any health conditions you have before the session, and about any discomfort during the session.
You do not have to undress for your reflexology session, but you will have to roll up your pants and take off your shoes if your feet are going to be worked upon. For feet reflexology, the practitioner may wash and wipe your feet before starting any treatment. For facial reflexology session, you can expect the practitioner to work on your face, ears, neck, and head. Avoid wearing earrings, necklaces, and remove any piercings you may have.
A session usually takes 30-60 minutes, and could take place in a dimmed room or in a room with lights on. Some practitioners play soft music in the background to help you relax.
Many people report feeling lighter, more ‘opened up’, or even experience a tingling feeling, as if the energy flow is faster and better. Many people sleep better after the session, but there are some who report feeling restless, as if the increased energy flow is keeping them awake.
You should drink plenty of water after your reflexology session to boost the elimination of toxins as your body rebalances itself.
When you should not try reflexology
Reflexology is a wellness therapy, not a cure for serious complaints or conditions. It can help reduce some of the symptoms of serious diseases, such as nausea in patients receiving chemotherapy. However, it is not recommended for pregnant women as it might induce contractions. Because it is concerned with increasing the flow of blood in the body, it is not recommended for those with blood clots.
It is also not recommended for those with the following conditions:
- Skin infections or open wounds
- Thyroid problems
- Diarrhoea or fever
If you would like to consult a reflexologist in your area, Avaana can help you find one. Get in touch to find out more.