DOES FACE MASSAGE REALLY WORK?
The question begs does face massage really work? Is face massage effective? Well this depends on your desired intended result. Facial massage is effective in many ways. From, improving circulation, relaxing muscles, and moving away cellular waste. Massage improves the appearance of your skin. See the foundation, 101 on face massage.
But face massage goes oh so much deeper. Massage releases stress and relaxes tension. We may not be aware of this constricted energy that runs far beneath our conscious perception.
Chinese Philosophy believes that our faces mirror what's happening in our bodies. Knowing that underlying trauma of our life Is often held in our face. Including injuries, emotional wounds, bereavement, life trauma, birth trauma, and health challenges.
Our past can live in our body. Showing up in the form of outer markings, physical sensations and behaviour patterns. We can hold onto past hurts without even realising. This underlying stress can hum along in the background within our mind and body.
The truth is, every sag crease and wrinkle is connected to an internal organ or an emotion. Which is reflected in our health and appearance. Showing up in our face, affecting the radiance and luminosity of our skin. Hiding our authentic, joyful selves.
THE POWER OF RELAXATION WITH FACE MASSSAGE
Our world of everyday stressors have most of us feeling overwhelmed anxious and busy. People are becoming disillusioned with the traditional health care system. That looks at the body as a machine. Forgetting we as humans are more than our bodies.
Don't get me wrong. Western medicine philosophy has its place. its vital and life saving. But many people are exploring a preventative approach to relieving stress for their health and skin. With alternative healing modalities and self care techniques becoming mainstream. One of those techniques is face massage which has many benefits.
STRESS, SKIN AND PREMATURE AGEING
When stressed we are too busy to really look after ourselves. We tend to drink less water and more caffeine. We sleep less. Skip parts of our skin care routine and exercise less and every little bit adds up and takes a toll.
Stress can rob our inner and outer beauty. Blood vessels constrict. Stress hormones release. Our blood is channelled away from the skin and digestion and towards muscles and other organs. Our skin gets deprived of oxygen and nutrients, the essential elements for healthy skin. Our muscles tense. We feel tired and drained. We notice a change in skin moisture. Our skin loses that rosy glow and a less than happy expressions begins to form.
Stress is a big risk factor to premature aging. New research even supports the notion that high levels of stress somehow speeds up the aging process.
Stress is inevitable. But we can choose to take responsibility and ease our stress with relaxing self care techniques. Such as face massage, this is something we can do for ourselves. We can fit face massage into our daily skin care routine.
Face Muscles Stress, Emotions & face massage
The face is our primary organ of emotional expression. The way we express our state of being. For example frowning or tensing our jaw, sets itself in these muscles. Becoming muscle memory. Our current stressors can stimulate these muscular patterns that hold our emotions. Even the ones we try and repress.
We get used to the tension in our muscles and no longer are aware of the holding pattern. Relaxation and face massage helps to dissolve and remove this tension. Creating space for muscles to relax and helping to release held emotional energy.
Stress Mind body & Soul
As we learn that stress is a major cause of ill health and many skin conditions. Harvard school of medicine recognises the mind-skin connection as a field called “psychodermatology". This shows that science is catching up with the ancient traditions of the mind and body connection. Traditional people saw a unified system of energy, that mind body and soul are one and cant be separated. Each is affected by the other. Stress can block these inner healing energies, causing imbalances in the body.
Face massage and touch goes beyond our physical body, working on the mind, emotion and soul energy that flow through specific channels called Meridians
We can work on moving this energy by massaging certain points on our bodies, including the face neck and head. Working with the body's own healing energies, used in therapies such as acupressure, acupuncture and facial reflexology.
Face Massage & Stress
A study published in the Journal of Biomedical Research showed a 45-minute face massage reduced anxiety and alleviated negative mood in healthy adult women.
The research revealed that nervous system activity in the Parasympathetic system was activated during the facial massage. The Parasympathetic nervous system is responsible for bringing body and mind into a relaxed state, the body's natural state of healing and rejuvenation. The study also showed that anxiety and negative mood decreased after the treatment, and a sense of being refreshed was experienced.
The Parasympathetic nervous system allows the bodies muscles to relax and facial tension to release. Over time the relaxing factor of a face massage brings relief to furrowed brows or worried expressions, softening and smoothing our mood and face. The kansa face massage is an example of a wonderfully relaxing example.
The question “does face massage work” Yes on many levels. We see that Facial massage is not just a beauty treatment, and that it does work on so many different levels working on more than the surface of the skin but at a deeper level with the nervous system and our bodies healing energies to relax the body and mind. Releasing stress and tension and improving mood.
You can add a facial massage to your facial routine and for so many different intents. If you would like to start adding face massage to your self care rituals. Keep posted with our new facial reflexology videos coming soon where you can empower your own health and well being.
If you feel that face massage is something that could help your own health and well being please book here with Amanda in the Ipswich QLD/Brisbane area. Keep living and loving 🙂