It's been this way for a while... so long in fact, I assumed I would have to drop some weight before I would see a difference in my face. So I had more or less resolved that this is the way my face would look until I had time to work out a little more.
A few weeks ago I ordered the book Your Best Face Now by Shellie Goldstein. I had scanned through the book, found out my "organ type" but had not had a chance to test out any of the acupressure points.
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Last Sunday as I was waiting on my husband to get dressed so we could go to dinner, I cracked open the book and flipped to the acupressure points for my specific organ type and did a few rounds. This was the only time I did the full routine.
I probably used this point 3 times that day. Throughout the rest of the week, whenever my neck would feel stiff, I would use that same point on each side of my head a few times a day.
Wednesday evening I fell asleep in my contacts and hadn't washed my face. I woke up around 3:00 am and stumbled half-awake into the bathroom, took out my contacts and began to wash my face when I was struck with this thought: "Where'd my face go?!"
I felt around my neck and jawline, and my face was seriously tiny. Still half-asleep I wondered if my hands had grown larger... I couldn't figure out WHY my face felt and looked so small. The fluid was gone. Even the fluid I had been keeping around my eyes was gone.
The next morning I wondered if I had been mistaken, but as I washed my face it still felt and looked so small. So I tried to figure out what could have caused me to lose half my face overnight. I was puzzled. Happy. But puzzled.
I thought maybe it was just me... But then I had people asking me what looked different about me. My mother-in-law told me I looked smaller and younger. And my mother was amazed.
I finally determined it had to be the acupressure point I had been randomly using because I had changed nothing else. So I flipped open my book and the description of that point said that it would reduce facial swelling and puffiness, drain fluid from the sinuses, help relieve congestion and loosen the muscles in the neck.
I'm a fan of acupressure points. I've often used them to relieve headaches or nausea... even menstrual cramps. But in a million years I never expected that massaging a tiny point on each side of your head could have this effect!
Obviously now I have to try the full 20 minute routine. What's wonderful about this is that it is not some facial workout to build the muscle in your face... this literally works internally to get your body in a healthier state, so the inside is reflected on the outside.
In four days of randomly using ONE acupressure point, I literally look like a different person. Younger. Smaller. Healthier. I know it sounds unbelievable... I've had trouble believing it myself honestly.
I am so glad I ordered this book. Shellie Goldstein has done a wonderful job of thoroughly explaining the different organ types, and she even gives you certain foods and recipes that you should be eating for your particular organ type. We have a tendency to believe that there's a one-size-fits-all diet even though we are all clearly different.
Oh, and that pressure point I used? It's called Triple Heater 17 (TH-17) and is located in the indention behind and below your ears at the base of the skull. Do each side separately using one finger. Move the fingertip in 10 small, clockwise circles. It really is that simple.
This book has quickly become a major asset to my natural beauty routine. I think coupled with a naturally healthy diet this can help us all retain our youthful glow... or help it return.
Be free. Be happy. Be naturally beautiful.
- Elisabeth :)