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Facial Massage for Anxiety, Autism, ADHD and Mental Health

An article by our Well-being Ambassador Giuliana Wheater and her video!

Facial Massage for Anxiety, Autism, ADHD & Mental Health.

The Incredibly Soothing Power of Touch 

Touch has long been proven since the 1950’s right up to the present day to have enormous neuroscientific benefits and a huge impact , when used on a regular basis , to positively rewire our brains, the memory in our 37.2 trillion cells, the memory in our water which is a huge percentage of our bodies and even our the memory contained within our immune systems !!!!! It is absolutely incredible just how PERFECTLY we are put together, with so much naturally and freely at our disposal.

Never has it been needed more as we approach the third year of Covid and mental health for so many has gone haywire. Everywhere I go people are struggling, exhausted, bursting into tears without even knowing why at times and they are scared.

Never has touch been needed more for the simple fact that it actually also BOOSTS IMMUNITY!!!

In this week’s video I demonstrate deeply soothing, gentle but powerful massage techniques for the face.

The face relates directly to our second or enteric brains which are the seat of anger, fear, meltdown, anxiety and overwhelm.

It is wonderful to spend just even five minutes each morning and evening practising these techniques. I do them every day so I can feel clear, calm and refreshed when I begin my day but also at night so that I can calm my furiously busy, incessantly chatting brain to a state of relaxation, peace, and sleep.

I also do this regularly for my clients either face to face or through zoom sessions.

It is really important to me with any therapy I practise that I get my clients to mirror me. This way they have the tools at their disposal, and it is empowering as it immediately boosts serotonin (the neurotransmitter of confidence, self-esteem, and happiness)

For someone who is touch averse or nervous of touch, by putting them in control of it, it overcomes that barrier. For a severely autistic person it lets them control that touch so that it does not tickle or burn them.

We need to do as much as we possibly can to help ourselves during these extremely trying times where no one can see doctors and waiting lists for therapists and CAMHS are immense.

So, I hope these few simple techniques will help you all.

I will be chatting with Anna Kennedy OBE and Aston Avery this coming Thursday (13th January) from 11.30am on Gateway 97.8FM where I will be freely sharing more therapies and practical advice.

Have the paracetamol at the ready as I will be on for half an hour!!!! And you know how much I love to talk!!!!!!

Have a good week everyone, Lots of love, Giuliana

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