I can't believe that I forgot to mention Stress anywhere. Perhaps because its everywere, and so much of the work we do in a session is de-stressing.
If you google images for 'stress', people are shown clutching an area that holds a big amount of the bodies tension. It is estimated that up to 70% of all tension lives in the crevises of the face. The eyes are straining, the jaws store huge bits of tension party due in part to the shape of the maseter muscle, which in order to chew needs to be very strong without taking up too much space. Because of that density, and the responsibility the jaw has, it is also a logical place to hold major tension.
The scalp is so stressed, the typical image of someone pulling their hair out is a clue to all that can be held in the fascia of the scalp. The nose not only smells, it contains nasal passages that can get very clogged, broadcasting and accumulating tension. The list goes on.
All this to explain why I like to take ten minutes every session to open the face. Working specific muscles, different fascial levels and layers, not to mention cartilage and bone. Ten minutes well spent, within a session that spends a bulk of time working on different interconnected parts in a logical sequence. As one area starts to release, the rest of the body is reminded of what healing is. Re-turning to a state of relaxation the body naturally knows but it gets distracted or forced to some other programme. The body is only too happy to get back to natural function when it is possible. The body is always in some kind of balance. But some balances are more relaxed and open that others.
SOmetimes, it is not 10 minutes for the face and head, but the whole session. Layers of habitual stress can be stirpped away. Will they return? Thats up to you. Stress of course is a part of our lives, no avoiding that. But we can change our habitual behavior in order to accumulate and store less stress. If stress comes and then we return to relaxation, we have a fuller spectrum of possibility, and a richer life. Its well worth the effort, so that we can relax.