Face Mapping & Reflexology Massage

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Our bodies are connected with all sorts of different pathways that help our bodies function.

Organs work together to make sure we stay healthy, happy, and that certain processes are working.  Thus, it would make sense that if one part of the body is hurting, this problem may show up someplace else.  This is the theory behind Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Face Mapping

The forehead and upper face is known to reflect the health of the colon and the state of our circulation. Those of us with poor circulation often find clogged pores and dry blemishes isolated to our forehead. Many of us think that these break-outs and congestion are from excess oil, but actually it is an accumulation of lymph and stagnation which causes these blocked pores. It isn’t oil-reduction we need, but to boost circulation and lymphatic drainage to clear up these deposits.

The middle part of the face is governed by heat and fire energy (Pitta), which leads to inflamed breakouts. Those of us with excess heat in our bodies will naturally flush and blush easily, and extreme cases, acquire Acne Rosacea. Because heat rises, high yang is often expressed in our faces through acne, rosacea and reactive skin. TCM says that the heart relates to the small intestine, opens through tongue and is in charge of capillaries. This means that acne and dilated vessels here reveal a taxed heart and, in turn, small intestine.


But the heart does not simply pump blood, according to TCM, it is also part of the mind. Thoughts, emotions and feelings come from the heart, which is why facial expressions and the state of our minds can be seen in the face. Repressed anger and a weighted heart can be seen in the form of angry acne or redness. It is important for those with high heat to stay away from alcoholic beverages. Alcohol is very heating, and high alcohol-intake not only results in permanent redness and vascular damage on the nose but also acne in this area.


Acne around the Mouth is the area above the lips (moustache area), which relates to our reproductive organs. This is when you would explore imbalances here! Furthermore, the corners of the mouth are a place of heat, so pimples here can indicate internal heat too. In Ayurveda the lips display the healthiness of the stomach and intestines, in TCM it is the state of the stomach and spleen. To relieve acne in the mouth region, increasing cooling, hydrating fruits and vegetables along with drinking more fluids will help calm inflammation in our digestive system.


The Chin and Jaw Line Cysts.  The lower part of the face is governed by the earth element (Kapha). Earth is responsible for growth and reproduction. Break outs on the chin and jaw line are often deeper and cystic. This hormone-related acne is the most difficult to clear up. Excess hair growth in this area is also due hormonal imbalance as many women with PCOS and women going through menopause see excess hair on their chins. Decreasing foods with high earth is extremely helpful. Heavy foods like dairy, heavy starches, and fats should be avoided. Stimulating earth with cardio exercise also will help clear up the chin and jaw line.


Clear skin depends so heavily on being healthy and vibrant. So next time you look in the mirror, look past the superficial and see yourself inside and out.

Although Facial reflexology can be classed as a pampering treatment, it also has holistic health benefits.  There are 15 points on the face that represent areas and systems within the body.   Stimulation of these points increases circulation, balance and sense of relaxation.  Hands and fingers are used to stimulate facial muscles and nerve endings, which open up to the energy channels of the body.


As the face relates to specific vital organs on the body, even one session will provide you with an overall therapeutic treatment.  Pressure applied to specific points send a message to the Central Nervous system to direct energy to the organs and glands to regulate blood, hormones and the immune system


Sessions of facial reflexology promotes

  • Relaxation

  • Harmony in the body and the body’s systems

  • An increase in blood circulation

  • A calming yet invigorating sensation


 General benefits include

  • Instant relief of facial, neck, scalp and brain tension

  • Firms facial muscles and reduces/prevents fine lines and wrinkles

  • Decongests specific reflex points on the face that relate to parts of the body and head

  • Increased blood circulation, activating lymphatic drainage

  • Relaxing, calming and soothing for the whole body and mind


Some of the health issues that have benefited 

  • Allergies and sinusitis

  • Anxiety and stress

  • Depression

  • Digestive problems

  • Insomnia

  • Stroke, Parkinson’s, MS, facial paralysis and brain related dysfunction or injury

  • Infertility

  • Menopause and hormonal issues

  • Skin issues


There are certainly benefits for women in menopause, since the balancing of hormones is one of the key functions of reflexology. Its ability to encourage the natural healing processes to help maintain the health and balance of the whole body is something that is very apt for menopause and times of change. The combination of ancient medical traditions and modern neuro-anatomy improves underlying imbalances, which often manifest in our bodies in the form of physical, mental and/or emotional issues… all of which can make menopause a more challenging time.


Add to that the fact that it’s a workout for the face – for a younger, healthier glow naturally…. no needles or toxic substances required! It may well be worth taking a series of sessions to determine if reflexology brings improvements to your mid-life quality of life.

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