How to Relieve Headaches and Migraines with Facial Reflexology
by Ziggie Bergman, Facial Reflexologist at Grace Belgravia.
Did you know that Migraines affect almost one in five women, and that over 8 million Britons are sufferers? This is a significant statistic, and it certainly reflects my own experience with the frequency of new clients presenting with this painful condition, and probably yours too.
There are unique benefits to Facial Reflexology which works on the shoulders, neck and face, which dilates the vessels within them – thereby improving blood flow and thus the elimination of toxins. In addition, the lymphatics function better. The technique of stimulating reflexology points can release endorphins and affect serotonin levels in the brain as well as physically relax muscle structures which can be triggers when congested.
Facial Reflexology can be incredibly effective for helping to reduce the symptoms of Migraines. To give you an example, Kate, a lady in her late 40’s, suffered from 3-4 Migraines a week. She had little hope that anything would work when she arrived for her first treatment, but she had read about the rejuvenating aspects of Facial Reflexology so felt it was worth a try. Reading the face is an important part of reading reflexes out of balance, and my first observation was that her sinus and occipital reflexes were a little raised and uneven and it looked like fluid had pooled into those areas. This was even more evident during the treatment. Kate slept really well and that evening her friends thought she has been on holiday, so she rebooked weekly. By 4 weeks she had reported only two migraines after a long haul flight, and after 6 weeks she had no Migraines at all and did not need to take preventative medication. Structurally, her face had changed and there was no fluid under her sinus reflex above the eyebrows or occipital, which I felt was significant. I saw Kate weekly for 2 years, and she had no reoccurrence of Migraines during that time even when she went away or we missed a week or two. I encouraged her to stretch out her treatments which she was nervous about, and 3 years later I see Kate approximately every 6 weeks and she has still had no Migraines. Kate’s experience is not unique, which is brilliant.
The following Bergman Method Facial Reflexology techniques can be of benefit for all types of headaches.
Preparation: Make sure your nails are short and clean your fingertips. These points can be done with or without a facial oil. I recommend following the chart and trying this in front of the mirror until you feel confident with the placement of points.
- Sinus Reflex:This is the 1cm area above each eyebrow. With your middle or index fingers slide firmly from the centre outwards 7 times.
- Occipital Reflex: Take both thumbs using an upwards medium pressure for 3 seconds and release; repeat 3 times.
- Eye Reflex: Move the thumbs 1cm outwards, staying under the eyebrow, and press upwards with medium pressure for 3 seconds and release; repeat 3 times.
- Migraine Release Point: Place your middle or index fingers in the slight dip, just in front of the Tragus (a prominence on the inner side of the external ear), then press with medium pressure for 3 seconds and release; repeat 3 times.
- Hypothalamus: using the pad of your middle or index finger, very gently stimulate in a slow, circular motion.
- Adrenal Reflex: using the pad of your thumbs, press in and upwards with medium pressure for 3 seconds and release; repeat 3 times.
Ziggie Bergman is a leading Facial Reflexology expert, regularly featured in the press. She has worked at Grace Belgravia for several years and won the AoR Award for Excellence & Innovation in modern Facial Reflexology and she teaches Bergman Method Facial Reflexology and Zone Face Lift with the London School of Reflexology, where she has taught for over 15 years.
You can come and experience Ziggie’s treatments at Grace Belgravia. Find out the treatments which are available to you here.