How to maintain good health in a very simple way? Facial reflexology probably is the best therapy for good health and rejuvenation of the body. It does not have any side or after-effects. Face reflexology takes care of your internal organs. The method has improved and evolved over the years to its current form.
Facial reflexology is a very recent addition to the genre of reflexology treatment. It has therapeutic and cosmetic benefits.
What is face reflexology
The modern-day face reflexology is a blend of several ancient medical practices and modern scientific knowledge. It has picked up a lot of things from the Chinese meridian theory, Vietnamese Dien Chan, south American Indian facial maps, and clinical neurology.
Interestingly face reflexology evolved out of Ear Reflexology (also known as Auricular Therapy). The genesis of Face reflexology is traced back to Prof. Bui Quoc Chau, a Vietnamese professor of Acupuncture.
Prof. Chau treated lots of opium addicts with Auricular therapy, as professed by Dr Nogier. With his constant research and observation, he found a lot of analogy between the body and the face. By the year 1980, Prof Chau started treating patients with Acupuncture on the face. He named this therapy as Dien Cham (Dien=face surface, Cham= prick with needles).
In the next two years, he realized that there was no need for needles. Exerting pressure on the pressure point on the face, produced excellent results. He renamed Dien Cham as Dien Chan (facial treatment and diagnostics). The hypothesis of analogy is the basis of Dien Chan. It was the beginning of Facial Reflexology as it is known today.
Dien Chan reached the USA in 1985, France in 1992 and Spain in the year 2001. Prof. Chau visited several countries. His lectures in those countries popularized Dien Chan.
A young trained reflexologist, Lone Sorenson, from Denmark, worked with children to solve their learning and behavioral challenges. She traveled far and wide in the world. She included Acupuncture points and south American Indian face stimulation technique in her therapy. And Ms Lone built a new system of Face reflexology called as Face reflexology Sorensistem TM in 1988.
Many reflexologists added their technique and experience to evolve their own system and procedures. By and large most of the Facial reflexology today is based on either Dien Chan or Lone SorensistemTM.
Benefits of Facial Reflexology
Sufficient evidence and case studies prove that facial reflexology is effective. The degree of the result may vary with individuals. But it does provide relief and benefits. It decongests the energy path or energy meridians. The free flow of energy in the body keeps it healthy.
It has two distinct benefits:
i) It is useful in pain management.
ii) It facilitates internal organ recovery.
iii) It manages hormonal imbalance.
iv) It reduces mental stress.
v) The digestive system perks up.
vi) It increases the flow of blood to the concerned organs.
vii) It increases immunity.
viii) It assists de-addiction
ix) It helps in the recovery of skeletal-muscular injuries.
x) It improves memory
xi) It rectifies facial paralysis.
xii) It helps in stroke recovery.
B. Cosmetic :
i) It relaxes the facial muscle
ii) It irons out the wrinkles.
iii) It increases the blood flow to the face. Hence the facial skin becomes taut and radiant.
iv) It increases the secretion of collagen and elasticin. It has anti-aging benefits.
v) It hastens the toxin removal from the facial skin. A healthy glow appears on the face.
Facial Reflexology points
Almost every elevation or a ridge on the face is a reflexology point. The bone junctions and joints are also vital stimulation points.
In all, Prof. Chau has determined 22 projections and 257 fixed reflexology points on the face. Please note that though the face reflexology point is associated with body parts, it does not control them directly.
Stimulation of the points sends signals to the brain. The brain then analyses the message and sends healing energy to the body organs.
Some of the significant facial reflexology points are:
- The point on the central forehead, just a little above where the eyebrows meet, is a critical point.
- The ridge of the nose, along with the tip, is also stimulation points.
- The line parallel to and just above both the eyebrows are reflexology points
- Stimulation of the temples also results in reflexological benefits.
- The upper and lower lip plays a significant role in facial reflexology.
- Both corners of the lip are important in reflexology.
- The two points where the nose flares meet the face are very useful.
- The stimulation of chin and jawline has reflexological benefits.
- The depression below the lower lip and above the chin is a sensitive point.
- You can feel two muscular bumps when you press the jaws together. They are also reflexological points.
Location of some crucial points along with their benefits.
We already know that the hypothesis of analogy is the basis for ‘Dien Chan’. The similarity of the facial parts to body parts is determined. That forms the basis for mapping body parts on the face.
The ridge of the nose is the backbone. And the eyebrows make up the arms. The muscular nose is the torso. And so on.
If there is pain or strain on the back, the rose ridge is stimulated or massaged with fingers. The point at the junction of nose and the eyebrow will relieve discomfort at the shoulder.
In case the knee joint has some issue, the upper and lower lip junction massage will do the trick. Massage the bottom of the chin to relax the toes.
The figure that we see above is the basic mapping of the body parts. There are other facial reflexology maps, which locate different systems. See below for the mapping of the digestive system.
The tip of the nose represents the stomach. The chin is the bladder. The upper lip and lower lip are the intestines.
We can also see the two kidneys and a liver on the face map.
Similarly, the respiratory, nervous, and reproductive systems are healed. Respective mapping and point location are done.
Facial reflexology in the current form is relatively new. But it has otherwise existed for a long time.
Various countries have accepted it as alternative medical therapy. Cuba has accepted it as an official treatment therapy.
Instead of resorting to drugs and medicines, you can try facial reflexology. It has worked for many, and it might work for you too.