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Pod Mask Facial
Easy Personalized Home Facial Treatment
These little pod masks made of super thin cotton take on the properties of the liquid they are soaked in. Available online, these pods come to life when drenched in essences, oils, toner, flower water or a strong tea of soothingly refreshing lavender flowers, calming chamomile flowers or zingy peppermint are all among the lovely options to soak your pod. This whole exercise brings me back to being a child and makes high quality skin care treatments accessible and truly personalized.
Check out the photo collage below for an idea of what you’re looking for.
1.) Liquid – At least three teaspoons of liquid. Here I used more like two teaspoons each of aloe vera gel, witch hazel and sunflower oil and a few drops of pure lavender oil, mixed in a small bowl. I usually like to go heavy handed on the ingredients, allowing the pods to be nearly dripping, but you do what you’re comfortable handling and with having on your skin.
2.) Pod Activation – Toss the pod in the liquid, allowing it to sit and absorb the mixture, tossing the pod every so often, until the mask moistens, expands and is completely loaded with the healing mixture. This takes several minutes. Enjoy any access mixture on your hands/body.
3.) Drenched Mask Application – Carefully unwrap/unfold the mask. You may want to do so on a dinner plate, I find it helps. You know your skin. Apply the mask on to your clean face for at least 5 minutes and no more than 20 minutes, resting supported on your back, head resting on a towel is best. Use a pillow under your knees and reposition yo finds comfortable position.
4.) Glowing Reveal – Remove the mask, blot/pat off most (not all) the excess oil with a barely damp cloth or damp paper towel.
Despite the use of the oils, this mask is suitable for all skin types and is a potent anti inflammatory and helps balance the skin’s oil production. Having said this, you may want to follow the mask removal with several splashes of warm water and/or a pat of a dry/damp towel. No toner to follow. Allow your skin to absorb the oil before any other skin application.
Your skin will be so soft, soothed, hydrated, conditioned – plumped and glowing. Stunner every time!
Revitalizing and Toning Facial Reflexology Technique
This video includes a basic introduction to Facial Reflexology and an easy to do body, mind and spirit technique that accesses your meridians, similar to other acu-treatment modalities. This treatment will leave you feeling refreshed and balanced as all your systems are engaged, overall circulation improved, face collagen and elastic production stimulated, all using a simple face swiping technique.
Results when done regularly. Improved digestion, muscular, endocrine, circulatory and respiratory function. Headaches, congested sinus and allergy symptoms relieved. Reduced stress, tension and balancing of blood pressure. Over time, you may notice a tightening and lifting of your forehead and peripheral areas of your face, therefore also impacting your eyes area.
Repeat morning and night, no more than 3 times daily unless under the supervision of a Facial Reflexology professional. Use a clean rounded tool (pen or your knuckle, for example). Ensure your face or at least areas of treatment area is clean.
Apply a facial oil, if you like.
Redness is normal and will go away or try using a soothing combo of 1 drop of lavender to 1/2 teaspoon aloe vera gel mixed in a bowl as an applicator.
Step 1: Get into position. Supported and comfortable, on your back or sitting.
Step 2: Take several long slow deep breaths. Each breath energizing every cell, clearing your mind, revitalizing your spirit, making you feel lighter.
Step 3: Follow the diagram below, swiping each area of treatment approximately 10 times. Any order, as long as you end each full face routing with the ear swipes, up and down along the sides of both ears. Apply a firm constant pressure.
Step 4: Do one or two more rounds of step two and three.
Step 5: Share this easy technique and ask me if you have any questions.
Recommended Essential Oils: Lavender, Frankincense, Cedarwood, Rosemary, Tangerine.
Revitalizing and Toning Facial Reflexology Technique Map
Releasing Self-Healing Combo
This technique combines Facial Reflexology, Aromatherapy, energy awareness and hand placement to induce deep relaxation – resulting in a gentle releasing and clearing of your mind, body and spirit.
The steps below can be used as is, a self-healing practice, and also combined in some way with your current mediation practice; as a way to enhance the energetic exchange as well as to revitalize the chakras, easing them back to a harmonized state.
This practice can take only a few minutes or up to one hour, depending on how many areas you would like to cover. Ensure you have water near by so you can take sips if needed. Essential oils/incense and music help to bring your senses to life.
Recommended Music: “Reflection”, by David Jesse Kennet
Recommended Essential Oils: Lemon, Lavender, Frankincense, Cedarwood, Rosemary, Tangerine
Note: Essential oils should be diluted when applied to the skin. Lemon and Tangerine are photosensitive (make your skin sensitive to the sun) and are therefore used sparingly, particularly when sun exposure is expected.
Step 1: Get into position. Supported and comfortable, on your back or sitting. If you wish, get your favourite meditation music going. You can keep your eyes open and just under the horizon point or closed.
Step 2: If using essential oils, massage a drop under your nose and a drop or two in the palms of your hands.
Step 3: Access your chakras by swiping each area indicated in the video above and on the Chakra Awakening Facial Reflexology Map. Swiping each area ten times, repeating up to three times.
You can start to meditate now or go on to the next steps for a full self-healing technique.
Step 4: Taking slow deep releasing and clearing breaths, rub your hands vigorously for a good 20 seconds, allowing the oils to warm up and aroma to release.
Visualizing a brightening yellow glow flowing between your hands brings the intention of action, confidence, creativity and energy, characteristics shared by the Solar Plexus chakra. The chakras are explained a bit more below.
Step 5: When you start to feel the heat in your hands, and yellow glow bright, cup your hands around your nose and mouth, taking slow deep glowing breaths. After ten slow deep releasing and clearing breaths, you are ready to place your hands – see below.
Ensure you keep taking clearing and refreshing deep breaths throughout; fully out without forcing and in just what you need, easy and slow, in and out. Also, continue to visualize any yellow from creamy to golden or more amber yellow.
Step 6: When your healing is over, place your hands together, take a few grounding deep breaths and start to come back to your body by moving around, getting up carefully and in your own time.
Hand Placement Techniques
These two techniques can be done alone, coupled or in conjunction with any balancing, de-stressing, healing technique.
Consulting a professional in these modalities can provide more personalized insight and results.
Intuitive Hand Placement: Follow your intuition. If you often get headaches or have a busy mind/life, placing your hands on your head would be a good idea. If you have digestive, reproductive, cardiac or a pain in a certain area, including hand placement in these areas would be prudent. Keep your hands at each position for at least 2 minutes, no more than 5 minutes.
Do this technique as needed.
You can create a routine of your own and/or track your progress by keeping a date log of symptoms going in to the treatment, areas targeted and outcomes. This technique does not replace consultation with a doctor or medical diagnosis/treatment.
Chakra Balancing Hand Placement: Keep your hands on each area below for 3 minutes each. Completing this technique will leave you feeling lighter, refreshed and recharged. This technique should be done daily, but can be done up to three times daily for times of great stress and illness.
Body Part(s) – Chakra – Colour – Correspondence
Top of head – Crown Chakra – Shining White – Entry/Connection
Forehead/Between Eye Brows & Back of head – Third Eye Chakra – Fuzzy Violet – Intuition/Intention
Throat, side of neck – Throat Chakra – Brilliant Blue – Expression/Balance/Healing
Heart, side-by-side hand placement – Heart Chakra Emerald Green – Heart Matters/Emotions
Between chest and naval – Solar Plexus – Glowing Yellow – Energy/Confidence/Creativity
Under naval – Sacral Chakra – Orange – Interpersonal/Joy
Between thighs – Root Chakra – Red – Grounding/Centering
Chakra Awakening Facial Reflexology Map
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