Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Facial Reflexology, brief history and benefits


What is Facial Reflexology?
Facial Reflexology stimulates fixed points and body ‘maps’ on the face, it is considered a multi-reflexology method. Quick and deep results are achieved in balancing the body, as the face is so close to the brain.
Not only is this technique therapeutic - as in better health – it also stimulates microcirculation in the skin of the face. Increased blood and lymphatic circulation result in an increase of nutrients and better hydration of the cells. Fine wrinkles soften; the skin looks healthier and is ready to absorb the beneficial ingredients of a moisturizer/oils.

Benefits of Facial Reflexology
Facial Reflexology has a wide field of action and provides excellent results in the treatment of neurological disorders such as autism, Parkinson’s, early dementia, ADHD and learning difficulties in children. The following react very well to Face Reflexology: skin conditions, rheumatoid arthritis and the various body systems such as, but not limited to, digestive, circulatory, reproductive and respiratory. Muscles and joints are also helped i.e. stiff neck, shoulder pain, cramps, etc. Due to the closeness of the face to the brain headaches, insomnia and depression respond well to this treatment.

What is the difference between Foot and Facial Reflexology?
Facial Reflexology is a clinical treatment that acts on the neurological points in the face as well as on the brain. Foot Reflexology acts on the circulation and the hormones in the body.

Prof. Dr. Bui Quôc Chau and Dien Chan
Prof. Dr. Bui Quôc Chau is a Vietnamese acupuncturist with knowledge of traditional Chinese medicine and Western medicine who worked at an addiction treatment clinic in Saigon in the late 70’s and was seeing thousands of patients. He noted the benefits of the treatments and discovered that points on the face used by Chinese doctors could be stimulated with great benefit without the use of acupuncture needles. At the same time, he considered the emerging modalities where the body is projected on various parts such as the feet (reflexology), the eyes (iridology) and the ears (auricular therapy) and through testing he discovered the various projections of the body on the face. He called his method Dien Chan that combines work on the points on the face and the projections on the face.

Tools of Dien Chan
The tools of Dien Chan that can be used have a purely mechanical action on the epidermis. They stimulate the circulation, the peripheral nervous system and stimulate the lymphatics in order to strengthen the immune system.

Lone Sorenson and Sorensensistem
Lone Sorenson is a Danish reflexologist now teaching in Barcelona, Spain. When Lone lived in Argentina she witnessed facial treatments used by native Indian communities in South American as well as a Vietnamese doctor using the Vietnamese technique. Back at her clinic, Lone applied what she had observed and saw great results. Today, Lone’s method combines the various techniques she has observed which include some aspects of the Vietnamese Face Reflexology Dien Chan


References
Rusten, K. Facial Reflexology. Retrieved from http://www.kimrusten.com/facial_reflexology
Sorenson, L. Face Reflexology: Facial Reflexology, Sorensensistem™ & More. Retrieved from http://www.facereflexology.info/lone-sorensen-sorensensistem