I'm all about the feet—I'm a Pisces after all. Whenever I've had reflexology, the therapist can always tell what's going on in my life just by glancing at my arches. Feet reveal all sins. There was even a brief moment in time when I dabbled with Detox Foot Pads, strange adhesives that supposedly rebalance the body by drawing out toxins from the soles of your feet while you sleep. In the morning I'd wake up and they would be brown. Not recommended if you're a hypochondriac.
Sometimes I just don't feel like having my feet prodded, and maybe you don't either. Step forward, facial reflexology, which works according to the same principles as the feet. The sensitive areas indicate health nags in the corresponding organs/body parts and stimulating them activates a healing response in the body.
- Using your thumb or index finger, simply press for five seconds on each of the following areas indicated above. Note: this illustration depicts a basic face chart. For a more comprehensive guide the Reflexology Association of America is a great resource.
- The forehead and jaw can be treated with firm pressure—pressing on the right and left sides of the jaw at the same time is recommended—while all other areas must be pressed on with less abandon and more caution.
- You just need to knead on the area that needs some extra TLC until you feel a little "release," which is an utterly lovely and not-felt-enough sensation.
- Through firm touch and muscle manipulation to the face, reflexology techniques restore vital energy, sending balance to blocked areas that need it the most.
- Facial stimulation is powerful because it has the shortest pathways for the nerve cells to connect to the brain stem, and it releases endorphins, which send a message to the central nervous system to direct energy to specific organs and glands.
Third Eye Point:
- Located right between your eyebrows in the place where the bridge of the nose meets the center of the forehead, this pressure point stimulates the pituitary gland, the main endocrine gland which helps in enhancing the condition of the skin all over the body.
- Place your index finger and massage this area by pressing slightly for a few minutes every day.
- Press the pressure point right below the iris and near the cheek bone on both the sides of your face. Place your index fingers and press this point firmly for a minute a few times a day.
- Behind the jaw bone and a few inches below the ear lobe is the pressure point that increases the luster of your skin. Press this point whenever your hands are free. It also balances the thyroid gland, the body's master switch.
- Gentle pressure on the external sides of the eye sockets helps with the achy feeling and increases mobility so you can really sock it to someone. Well, your trainer at least.
- Conversely, if you're out of breath, pressing on the sinuses, which correspond to the lungs, helps you oxygenate more efficiently.
This is not an exercise in pummeling the skin into submission, nor a chore to intimidate or confuse you but rather a way to untangle the literal and metaphorical knots you may have gotten yourself into. Also, it'll leave you with a lovely rosy glow; you know, the kind where you look lit from within? And that's just marvelous.