Many clients comment on the relaxing effects of a hand massage during the facial. And some actually fall asleep at that point.
Why is that? Hands, feet and ears have a lot of reflexology points. The application of pressure to feet, hands, or ears sends a calming message from the peripheral nerves in these extremities to the central nervous system, which in turn signals the body to adjust the tension level. This enhances overall relaxation. Furthermore, the systematic manipulation of the soft tissues of the body relaxes the muscles and fascia.
You can easily induce relaxation by self massaging hands, feet and ears. Gently massage both inside and outside of the hand and fingers, including the webbing in between fingers. Roll your foot over a tennis ball or similar and adjust pressure as needed. Gently press the earlobe between index finger and thumb and pull down. Trace your finders along the ear and apply gentle pressure along the way.
While professional reflexology, massage or acupuncture will be able to target specific ailments, self massage of hands, feet and ears is a simple way to show yourself some love … and relax.