A recent face reflexology session helped me put my best face forward for the week. I had never tried one before, and it was excellent. I didn't realize how much tension and stress my facial muscles build up, which transmits to my entire body. This tension is created by mundane activities: tired eyes, chewing, grinding teeth, even laughing.
Linda Shafie of Aesthetique Boutique points out, "Our faces are the first locations we exhibit our emotions or suppress them. With face reflexology, stimulation of the points and zones trigger release of endorphins and serotonin, so upon completion of each session client feels relaxed and rejuvenated. The deep smooth massage steadily releases the tension and balances the central nervous system helping the body to heal itself."
Shafie is a delicate, elegant woman whose first career was in corporate and investment banking. She made a radical switch to healing therapies after losing her father to pancreatic cancer, triggering a major change in her priorities and worldview. "I wanted to channel my passion to compassion; my passion is the fuel that drives me to immerse myself into my work and deliver results. Compassion is what I extend to others: because I was not able to be there for my father, it is the manifestation of caring and concern," she says. A key portion of her client base is aimed at helping cancer patients.
The session began when I laid down on the massage table (fully clothed) and Schafie applied a light rose hip oil to my face. She then massaged areas on my face connected to areas of my body. By stimulating those areas, it improves underlying energy imbalances to promote well being.
Some parts felt mildly bruised when she touched it, which she says meant I have blockages that need clearing. Some parts tingled. It was all very relaxing.
Who should try this? It can help in the treatment of specific conditions, to maintain general health, or purely for facial rejuvenation and relaxation. "As a complimentary therapy, face reflexology does not claim to cure - but does greatly enhance and assist in the treatment of - many conditions, like allergies
, anxiety and stress
, digestive problems
, stroke rehabilitation
, and more," explains Schafie.
It isn’t a facial, but does have beautifying side effects, ‘lifting’ the face to make it feel and look smoother and more toned. As well as encouraging lymphatic drainage, the massage techniques stimulate the facial nerves, blood flow and muscles, helping to build up new skin tissue and improve skin tone.
Face reflexology combines three ancient therapies with modern science of neurology: Traditional Chinese Medicine, South American Zone Therapy, Vietnamese face maps and points, and our most current knowledge of neuro-anatomy.
"Our face contains numerous nerves and blood vessels. Its close proximity to the brain insures facial stimulation as the shortest pathway to the brain center, offering a more efficient effect in balancing health concerns. The stimulation works through the central nervous system to specific organs and to regulate the blood, lymph, body functions and hormones," details Schafie. "This complementary therapy is designed to assess the underlying cause of one's compromised health, yet also assist with the treatment of symptoms.
If you go: the session stimulates the entire body, so Shafie says you may experience symptoms of detoxification. "These are temporary and let you know that body is working to cleanse and balance," she clarifies. "It is suggested to rest and drink plenty of water to support the body in its transition."
To book: Linda Shafie at firstname.lastname@example.org.