Thinking vs feeling, our left and right brain: how to quiet the mind for inner peace

In my training as an aromatherapist and especially facial reflexologist, I had the pleasure of exploring the fascinating aspects of our brain, its anatomy and functions, its contralateral control and the differences of our left and right hemispheres. An incredible machine!

As our face is an interface of the brain, I developed a deep interest in working on the face. On the face is where all our senses - with the exception of touch - are located, so the sensory chemical receptors have a very short distance to travel to the brain in a very short time. Facial reflexology and aromatherapy affect the central nervous system and are fantastic helpers to balance, ground us and help us to stop our mind from the chatter and put us in the space of feeling rather than thinking so that we can feel peace rather than negative emotions, anxiety, agitation and even depression.

Massaging the face has an extremely deep relaxing effect and it is rare that clients don't go into deep sleep during the treatment. Clients often share with me their difficulty to stop their mind, difficulty to relax and switch off and are happily surprised to realize, at the end of the treatment, that they have just woken up from a deep sleep and feel wonderfully relaxed, peaceful and rebalanced. Even the most "agitated" client will tell me: “it takes me a while to stop my thoughts but after less than half an hour I am gone". So, it really works, and why is that, what is the secret to achieve this beautiful sense of peace? The feeling good element and the pleasant sensory stimulations are all taking you to the right side of your brain.

If you would like to explore this further, please read on... and watch the videos clicking on the links below.

Jill Bolte Taylor is a brain scientist who dedicated her life to the study and research of the brain's biological differences in mental illnesses, driven by the desire to understand her brother's diversity as he had schizophrenia. She had the amazing opportunity to study the brain from inside out having experienced a stroke herself with a hemorrhage in the left hemisphere of her brain. She gives a detailed description of the right and left brain functions as her left brain shut down and she fully experienced being in her right brain only. She describes herself as an infant in a woman body.

Watch her Ted Talk video: “My stroke of insight".

Author of "A stroke of insight" she has been interviewed by Oprah Winfrey, here is the link for those of you who would like to understand their brain a bit more and understand that we are in charge of controlling our thoughts, all explained by an award winning brain scientist.

The brain is made of two cerebral hemispheres which are separated and process information differently. The two hemispheres have two very distinct "personalities" and different perceptions of reality: the left brain is for thinking, the right brain is for feeling and they have a way to communicate with each other through the corpus callosum