By Ziggie Bergman
Face Reflexology is a complementary therapy which uses pressure point techniques to stimulate a sequence of points on the face to help stimulate the bodies own healing mechanisms and bring everything into balance. As reflexologists we believe the entire body is mapped out on the face so you can actually read what’s going on inside just by looking at someone.
What’s particularly fun about trying reflexology on the face is that it is easy to reach. The following techniques are especially beneficial for those women experiencing symptoms of the menopause, but are safe and effective in other ways for everyone to have a go.
This self-care sequence is ideal to try in front of the mirror.
Make sure your hands are clean, you do not need facial oil or moisturiser but it is ideal to use a little and adapt your morning or evening routine when you wash your face to include this gentle sequence.
The Sequence - refer to the picture when trying at home
RED - Heart - Use your index finger to lightly press with a tiny circular movement for 3 seconds and repeat 3 times to soothe emotions
PURPLE - Hypothalamus - Use the same index finger to lightly create a clockwise circle over the purple reflex on the forehead to held aid sleep and to reduce hot flushes *(HFs occur as a result of disturbance of the temperature-regulating mechanism located in the hypothalamus). Sturdee DW. The menopausal hot flush—Anything new? Maturitas. 2008;60:42–49. [PubMed]
GREY - Adrenal Reflexes - Use your thumbs to press in and upwards on these points for 3 seconds 3 times and release.
BLUE - Occipital Reflexes - Using your thumbs press upwards with medium press to ward off headaches, and ease tension, which also relaxes any tension held in this area.
I recommend trying this out every morning for 2 weeks and it can also be used when you are experiencing a hot flush. If Hot Flushes are sever and frequent you can keep a teaspoon in the fridge and using the Smoot back of it gently create little circles on the purple Hypothalamus Reflexology point which can help regulate temperature in the body.
Ziggie Bergman is a leading expert in Face Reflexology and has practiced for over 25 years. She is the winner of the Association of Reflexologists Award for Innovation and teaches professional reflexologists worldwide.
To try out a Face Reflexology Bergman Method treatment or for regular tips and advice visit www.zonefacelift.com