Dien Chan Zone…a new perspective

February 17th, 2019

As you may already know, in March 2018, I attended Helen Black’s (Mirror Medicine) Operator Course in Dien Chan Zone, Italian Facial Reflexology.  I’d been following Helen on Instagram for a while and was drawn to her enthusiasm and beautiful social media pages.  Having been a Facial Reflexologist since 2011 (trained in Sorensensistem and The Bergman Method) and being experienced in this field, I was intrigued to know more about this “new” method making a buzz in the reflexology world.

I attended the two day course in London with an open mind and wondering what this therapy had to offer.  I was also a bit sceptical and wary as this course is open to ANYONE.  It’s not a course purely for reflexologists or complementary therapists or even beauty therapists.  It’s a course open to ALL.  I knew this from the start and had actually persuaded one of my best friends, who is a nurse, to join me as she was keen to explore the world of complementary therapies and we thought this course would be a good introduction and/or “in road”.

During that weekend I became friends with some wonderful women, many of whom I’d been following on social media or met on previous courses but also some who were new to the world of reflexology.  It was a fantastic weekend of training, learning and treating each other.

Helen’s gentle, warm teaching approach made everyone comfortable and she easily put those who felt out of their comfort zone at ease.

Helen wrote in a recent post  “As a relatively new form of facial reflexology and not widely practiced outside of Italy, the results achieved through DCZ can be shocking to new receivers. Whilst it’s enjoyable to work with a method that’s generally underestimated, interested parties should know it can be used – and may produce incredible results – for just about ANY imbalance experienced at a mental, emotional and physical level. It’s free to use as a form of personal care and is suitable for EVERYONE.

It requires no ingestion, lifestyle change, excessive time commitment, regular sessions with a professional and can be applied by ANYONE, ANY TIME, ANY PLACE.”

The more I practice DCZ, on myself, on others and see the results of receivers working on themselves, I am completely in awe.  And I also feel a bit stupid.  As explained in a previous blog…one of the principals of reflexology, is that the more you receive, the quicker the messages will be decoded and affect the relevant parts of the body, and the quicker homeostasis will be gained and the body begin heal itself.  As Helen so succinctly puts it:

“Facial reflexology offers you the opportunity, through daily facial stimulation, to encourage the ‘correct’ circulation of blood, lymph, oxygen, minerals and energy to your interior organs. Stimulation of precise areas, according to maps projected onto the face, sends a signal to the brain which works with the peripheral nervous system to increase circulation at the chosen area in the body.”

DCZ encourages receivers to work on the facial map most relevant to their main symptom for 21 consecutive days.  During this time, with the reflexes being stimulated daily, balance and a reduction in symptoms should come about much quicker but it varies between individuals.  And I feel foolish for not latching onto this concept before.  Although I often give clients homework to do on themselves to complement our sessions, working on your own feet can be physically tricky and not very relaxing and working on your own hands can be very effective but the reflexes are more compact and complicated.  For the last 8 years I have also given people facial reflexes to work but never full maps or projections or instructions to do so daily for a set period.  The facial maps used in DCZ are so simple and easily accessible to everyone, it seems obvious that this is what we should ALL be doing!

I’ve worked the reproductive map on myself with powerful results.  My hormonal skin, premenstrual headaches and irregular periods have all vanished since using this map.  And I’m not the only one to benefit.  Others  have reported no headaches, no PMT, clear skin and better mood.  After the 21 days it’s important to take a break for 7 days to allow the body to reset and rebalance.  If you feel it’s necessary, repeat another 21 days but if you feel good, then wait a while and see what happens.  Again to quote Helen:

“The time it takes to rebalance your reproductive functions with the help of Facial Reflexology really depends upon how long held and deeply set your particular imbalance is. The same issue manifested in 100 people has causes which are entirely different from one case to the next. Some people may notice an improvement within a matter of days, whilst for others it may take weeks.”

And there are many maps available to you to help almost any imbalance experienced at a mental, emotional and physical level, including those linked to the digestive, respiratory, nervous, urinary, lymphatic and circulatory systems.

If anyone out there sounds intrigued enough by this therapy to want to train in it and become a Dien Chan Zone Operator, I’m happy to answer any questions.  This course is potentially life changing, giving you the knowledge and skills to not only work on yourself and heal any imbalance, but also treat you family and family and ultimately give you a new career.  The support received after you’ve graduated so you feel confident going forward with your new found skills is unparalleled and Helen is one of the best teachers I’ve had.  If you want to know more or if your mind is already made up, follow this link to find out what the course entails:

https://www.mirrormedicine.com/?ref=2a133f

Helen says:

“The practice of reflexology requires nothing more than your hands and knowledge of some very simple maps.  The DCZ technique is easy to learn and can radically enhance your wellbeing on all levels.  If you are interested in learning how to care for yourself and those around you (regardless of your background or profession)…this is a therapy like no other.  It’s practical, affordable and in most cases extremely fast acting.  Absolutely EVERYONE  is capable and therefore invited to study our level 1 Operator training from the comfort of your own home.  Training lasts just 4 weeks and could transform your life.  Are you ready to take your health into your hands?”

I thoroughly recommend the course and hope to learn more on the advanced course later this year (Ciao Milano!).  Helen Black is a wonderful, inspiring, passionate teacher and her social media pages are both beautiful and insightful.  Go follow her.  This therapy has made me look at facial reflexology in a different way and in some ways changed my way of thinking about reflexology in general. I’ve been working quite clinically these last few years but Dien Chan Zone has re-opened my mind and heart to the magical, energetic and spiritual aspects of reflexology. And I can’t wait for it to expand my mind and practice even more.  And I’m so lucky and grateful that one of my besties lives down the road for the occasional treatment swap!

If you’re intrigued to try this, or any other form of facial reflexology, please get in touch.  Thanks for reading x George x

Jogging on…running, a book recommendation, reflexology and mental health

February 4th, 2019

It’s a freezing cold, rainy evening in late January.  I have a rare Tuesday evening off work.  And I’ve just got in from a very rare run in the dark.  And the wonderful book Jog On by Bella Mackie that I’ve been listening to on Audible all week might have something to do with it.

I’m crap at running.  I don’t love it.  Often I’m not even sure I like it.  But I do it a couple of times a week and always feel better for it.

I wasn’t a fan of exercise until I hit 30, over a decade ago.  I joined the sparkly new gym that had opened near us when Edie was a year old and Elliott wasn’t quite yet three.  I joined this gym because it had an on site creche and I think I needed it as a means of escaping them, and my hectic life in general, for a short while a couple of times a week.

I soon realised that exercise classes and swimming weren’t for me but I did love the gym, especially doing intensive cardio to sweat out any excess energy (which I’m sure I didn’t have any of being a working mum with two toddlers).  I’m in no way hyperactive but am a bit of a fidget and can’t sit still for long.  Jay says I’m rubbish at watching telly and am easily distracted (unless there’s wine – that makes me sit).  But the gym did give me that gym buzz and I always felt good and healthy afterwards.  I really liked the treadmill, whether walking on an incline or having a little jog, but I never had the urge to take it outside.

A few years later I joined the team at Southcote and had a few personal training sessions with Emma Goodman, of Emma’s Fitness.  I remember chatting to Emma about running.  She was singing the praises of running outdoors, in nature, watching the world go by, getting lovely fresh air and couldn’t understand my love of the treadmill. Back then I knew very little about the benefits of exercising outside and liked the warm, or air conditioned, gym setting which was always the perfect temperature.  And the thought of running outside the safety of this environment at first filled me with horror. At least if I was on the treadmill and needed a walk, it would look like it was part of the plan.  And what if someone I knew saw me, red faced and sweaty, struggling to breathe on the streets of Rainham.  But something had sparked an interest and I decided to give it a go.

Well…no one told me how much harder it was to run outside!  On a treadmill I could easily run for 20 minutes straight (albeit on 0 incline and at a steady 7.5 km pace).  But outside I could barely run for 2 minutes without gasping for air and having to walk because my legs felt like jelly.  But as painful as it was I must have enjoyed it somewhat as I stuck with it.  As the months went by I got a bit better and started to enjoy it and finally gave up the gym membership in favour of the outdoors.

That was nearly 10 years ago and I’ve pretty much run outside regularly since.  Sometimes on my own.  More recently with Lolly, my 5 year old Lurcher.  I’m still not that good at it despite having two half marathons and numerous 10k’s under my belt but as I said at the beginning I always feel good afterwards.  I rarely run for more than 30 minutes these days but I’m hoping that will change.  My favourite place to run is by the sea or failing that through woods (preferably ones with paths and no massive roots to jump over!).

As the winter months close in I run less and less as I’m really not a fan of running in the rain or wind or anything below 5 degrees finding it very difficult to get the clothing gear right!  But a friend recommended Bella’s book, Jog On – How Running Saved My Life, and it’s given me a push,  motivation and a lot to think (and write) about.

Bella suffered with anxiety her whole life and found a release from it through running. Now this isn’t a particularly unique story and there are lots of books out there of inspiring memoirs of how physical challenges transformed lives but what I loved about this book is that Bella is so normal and honest in her struggles and made me change my opinion on my own running habits.  She isn’t a marathon runner but running gets her out of her own head, keeps her calm and helps her process any negative thoughts.  Much like it does for me.

Some reviews of this excellent book can be found here:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41590092-jog-on

So why did it inspire me to write this blog.  Thankfully I’ve never suffered with anxiety but had my share of mental health issues in my younger years and wonder if I’d discovered a love of exercise, or running earlier, I may have saved myself a lot of tears and sadness, and my mum some sleepless nights.  Nowadays I love being outdoors.  Running (and walking the hound) is my “me time” and a chance to either escape from the never ending to do lists or plan and rationalise something that’s bothering me or on my mind.  I don’t feel I need it for my sanity but it definitely helps clear my head and I always feel better having done it.

Also, I always thought I was a bit rubbish at running.  I know some amazing marathon and ultramarathon runners that are truly awe inspiring and compared to them I’m really crap.  But does that matter?  No it doesn’t.  Comparison is the thief of joy and all that and I should just get on with it and enjoy it.

Bella’s book has made me realise it doesn’t matter if I’m not fast or can’t go very far.  Or even if sometimes I can’t run for 3 minutes without having to walk for a bit.  So what.  At least I’m giving it a go, giving myself some space and fresh air and blowing away the cobwebs.

So why have I spent an hour hammering away at the keyboard wanting to share my running story with the world and what the hell has it go to do with REFLEXOLOGY?!? It’s a bit of a tenuous link but there is one…

Firstly, runners can most definitely benefit from reflexology. And so can anyone suffering with mental health issues.  Not only is Reflexology physically great for tired, achy feet and bodies, but it can also lower stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol which are often high in anxiety sufferers.  When I first started having reflexology I was suffering with stress and it was the only thing that helped me completely switch off.  I’d never known a calm like it. It’s not a quick fix and, like running, won’t make all your problems go away, but it might give you a bit of respite from your daily struggles.

For runners, Reflexology may alleviate stress & pain, encouraging the body’s ability to heal itself, restoring & maintaining health and harmony.  It promotes strength and balance, sharpens concentration and may improve fitness levels.  In addition to supplying muscle cells with nutrients and oxygen, the blood stream removes the toxins and waste products generated by increased muscle activity.  Reflexology is thought to improve circulation and enhanced circulation facilitates the removal of waste products from the body and prevents many of the aches, pains, spasms and cramps that typically follow extended exercise periods.  Reflexology may assist the delivery of blood to areas of the body that need it most.   This improved circulation may also prevent, and aid recovery from, injuries.

I won’t even mind giving you a treatment if you’re missing a toe nail or have a few blisters that can be worked around.  Or if your feet are too sore then facial reflexology may be preferable. And, having a session before a big race might help you sleep better and feel rested for the big event.

So there’s my tenuous link…running and/or mental health can both be improved with REFLEXOLOGY.  I got there in the end and thanks for sticking with me!

If you’re not aware of the benefits of exercising outdoors on mental health, it’s thought to build confidence, relieve stress, train your mind, boost your mood and much more.

The fantastic team at Day One Wellness advocate outdoor exercise for all and offer anything from personal training, group exercise, running clubs and retreats.  If you’re in Kent and want to know more check out what they do here:

http://www.dayonewellness.co.uk/

And the fabulous Emma Goodman runs outdoor fitness for new mums in Pushy Mother Classes, personal training sessions and running groups.  Find out more here:

https://www.emmafitness.co.uk/

So if you’re feeling a bit low in these winter months, depressed, anxious, grieving or not feeling yourself, try going for a walk.  Or even throwing on a pair of trainers and try giving running a go.  It won’t magically make everything better and it might be hard to start with but give it a try.  And have some reflexology. And read Bella’s book as it’s filled with honest accounts from someone who’s been there, interesting and scientific research from around the globe and useful coping mechanisms, including the importance of talking about your worries and seeking help.

Thank you Bella Mackie for making me realise that it doesn’t matter how fast or how far you go, as long as you just Jog On.  I am now a “Good runner…a person who enjoys running and wants to keep on doing it” and I’m looking forward to my next run already as know that only good can come of it.  I thoroughly recommend anyone interested in running, thinking about giving it a go or if you suffer with anxiety or any mental health issue, to read Bella’s book.  Which you can buy here:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jog-How-Running-Saved-Life/dp/0008241759

Or better still, get is on Audible as she has the most beautiful, husky voice.

https://www.audible.co.uk/search?keywords=bella+mackie&ref=a_hp_t1_header_search

Other websites you might find useful:

www.mind.org.uk

www.youngminds.org.uk

www.thisgirlcan.co.uk

www.runkeeper.com

www.c25k.com

www.aor.org.uk

Thanks again for reading to the end and I hope you found at least some of it interesting xxx

New clinic, new opportunities…no great changes

November 20th, 2018

Two blogs in the space of one month…I must be super busy.  As the saying goes…if you want something doing…ask a busy mum.  Because they’re the ones that get stuff done!

So the last few weeks have been a whirlwind of excitement and activity as I’ve prepared to launch my new clinic at the Hempstead Therapy Centre (HTC), based at Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre.  This opportunity all happened by accident and rather quickly but I think it was meant to me.  I rarely go round “Argos end” of Sava and wasn’t aware that the clinic was opening until I saw a post on Facebook the day before the grand opening on 3rd November.  I had planned on popping to the centre anyway so thought I’d go along to have a nose around.

On arriving I was greeted by the lovely Julie who was all warmth and smiles and I asked what treatments they offered.  She introduced me to Stuart Unthank the owner who showed me around the fantastic facility and bright, clean treatment rooms.

More details of what’s on offer can be found here:

www.hempsteadtherapycentre.co.uk

I mentioned to Stuart that I was a reflexologist working from home and at Southcote and asked if I could take some leaflets to pass onto clients.  Stuart said they didn’t have a reflexologist but it was something they would consider and that if I was interested in talking business to get in touch.  I went into the clinic initially just to be nosy but was so impressed with the facilities, location and possible opportunities, my brain started buzzing.  Their ethos seemed to be much like Southcotes…professional practitioners working together for the good of their patients/clients.  The HTC team have all been experts in their fields for at least 15 years and cover sports, childrens and respiratory physiotherapy, mindfulness and wellbeing, podiatry, pilates, massage, post-operative rehab and general sports fitness.  So wealth of knowledge under one roof.  I was very interested in becoming part of this team based on my doorstep.

So that weekend I drafted a little proposed business plan and returned a few days later for a meeting when a deal was struck.  And we agreed a start date of 19th Nov just over a week later!  All this happened within two weeks so there’s nothing like being proactive and running with an idea.

As the clinic is sparkly, bright and new and obviously very clinical as made for physiotherapists, I set about shopping to cosy the room up.  It didn’t take much…a lamp, music and a couple of cosy blankets did the job nicely as per the before and after pictures.

The reason for this short blog is to introduce HTC and because a few people have asked “Does this mean you’ll be leaving Southcote” or “Please don’t tell us you are leaving Southcote” to which I’ve laughed and said a resounding “NO WAY”!

Southcote is the most amazing place to work with the best team and such lovely clients, many who have been coming for treatment with me since 2010 when I joined.  And my loyalty to them remains firm and I’ll still be there on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and Saturdays by appointment.

After

So although my clinic at HTC is brilliant for my Medway clients and is another location for people to see me when out shopping or lunching with friends, I’m still working from home and at Southcote as before.  Look out for the “SHOPPERS SPECIAL” offer of £20 for a 30 minute foot, facial or facelift treatment to help you recover from any Christmas shopping.  Gift vouchers are also available for all locations so get in touch if you’d like to buy one for the person who has everything, loves reflexology or deserves a treat.  HTC is a great facility for the folks of Medway and it’s great to have an integrated health centre on our doorstep.  If you see any of my Facebook, Twitter or Instagram posts, please hit the like button, comment or share to help us spread the word that I’m there.  I think 2019 is going to be interesting ;-)

Big thanks for all your support x George x

Reflexology for fertility – my story, feet, a self help guide and the power of your face!

November 15th, 2018

Trying for a baby…maybe reflexology can help?

Over the years I have treated many, many women who came to see me because it was taking a while for them to conceive their much longed for babies.

I always feel very honoured when someone chooses me as their Reflexologist during this often stressful time but also know that I can take away some of the stress, give them advice and information they may not have discovered and hopefully achieve their dream of parenthood.

I can’t talk about fertility without telling you my story.  It was always obvious where my speciality was going to lie considering how I got into this wonderful therapy.  So here goes…

I used to hate feet.  I used to hate my feet.  Which is laughable now considering I plaster them all over the internet daily (see my Instagram), regularly get compliments on them and look after them daily!  I now love them and know what they can do for me and the power the hold.  But it wasn’t always so.

Yes, my feet are massive

I started looking into reflexology because I’d read in Company magazine that it could help you get pregnant.  And after nearly two years of trying I was getting desperate and willing to give anything a go.  I knew very little about this therapy (and the thought of having my very sensitive and ticklish feet touched by a stranger was a bit mortifying) but got out the good old Yellow Pages and booked an appointment with a lady who lived up the road from where I worked so I could visit in my lunchtime.

I went along and met the lovely Sue Reeves of Larches Reflexology (who has since retired) and she gave me the most wonderful treatment ever.   I didn’t realise now stressed and emotional I’d been and felt completely blissed out and wonderful afterwards, so booked a course of treatments (and didn’t go back to work). At this point I didn’t care whether it worked or not, I was just ecstatic I’d discovered this amazing therapy.

I was in love with it and amazed at how much better I felt in so many ways and after a couple of sessions I decided I wanted to learn how to do it so I could treat my family and friends.  My dear old nan had recently passed away and left me a little money and I used it to book onto a practitioner course.  By the time I started training a few months later… I was 12 weeks pregnant.  I’d been receiving weekly or fortnightly treatments with Sue and I think I discovered I was pregnant after 7 sessions.  Sue had helped us, when modern medicine had failed to.  I’d been on the maximum dose of fertility drug clomid for over a year thanks for my dodgy, severely polycystic ovaries and still wasn’t ovulating.  Until I started to receive reflexology.

I continued to have reflexology throughout my pregnancy, whilst on my training course and with Sue, and sailed through my pregnancy (the birth wasn’t so easy but I’ll save that story for another day).  I continued to have reflexology postnatally and fell pregnant again when Elliott was only 11 months old.  I think Edie was in a hurry to get here!

My babies

Over the past 15 years I’ve gone on to further train in many pregnancy and fertility courses with world re-nouned midwives and health professionals and I’m proud to have played a small part in many other couples stories so similar to ours.  I understand the emotions and frustrations that accompany failure to conceive and I also remember all too clearly the nasty side effects of fertility drugs.  And I know that reflexology made me feel so much better – physically, emotionally and mentally.  So that’s my story….but how does it work and what can I do for you?

Pre-conception care is preparing the body and mind for the everyday miracle of conceiving, developing and birthing a new human being.  Reflexology can play an important part in this preparation as it allows stress and tension to flow freely from the body, helping all the bodies systems function more efficiently and creating a healthy, calm environment for conception to take place.  Treatments may also help balance hormones, regulate menstrual cycles and help ovulation and sperm problems.

Reflexology encourages normal circulation of blood, lymph, oxygen, minerals and energy around the body and by focusing on the hormonal and reproductive systems, messages are sent via peripheral nerves through the central system to increase circulation and nerve flow to these areas of the body.  How cool is that!

Reflexology can be very beneficial for couples undergoing IVF or other fertility treatments and can help keep you calm and ease some of the unpleasant side effects of strong medications without interfering with them.  The stress relieving benefits are, in my opinion, unrivalled and this can only be a good thing.

But you don’t have to have fertility issues to benefit from reflexology before conception.  Aside from releasing oxytocin and the endorphins responsible for intense relaxation, reflexology provides space away from the speed of modern life and a chance to offload emotionally, physically and mentally.

And the beauty of reflexology is that in its essence it is actually really simple.  I know I make it look and feel complicated but anyone can do it (maybe not as well as me but give it a try).  Try these simple techniques on each other in the days leading up to ovulation to help encourage good circulation to the reproductive system and help ease any stresses.

  1. Start by giving the feet an all over gentle massage to warm them up
  2. Massage all the toes, which represent the head, to calm the mind
  3. Stroke down from the big toe to the heel on one foot then the other to relax the spine.  This simulates a good back rub!
  4. With the sides of your index fingers, massage around the ankles on one foot and then the other. This area corresponds to the ovary/testes & uterus/prostate reflexes
  5. Massage over the top of the ankle from the outside in to cover the fallopian tubes / vas deferens

Visit my YouTube Channel to view a video of the techniques which has been viewed nearly 9,000 times!  I’m sending good vibes to the git who gave it a thumbs down.  And even more to the lovelies who hit the like button…you can do that too please ;-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTTW_GEt2mo&t=9s&list=UUmQp82zkTC36qamg8cHb-Qg&index=31

But if you can’t be persuaded to let me, or anyone else, at your feet you can try Facial Reflexology.  I am trained in Sorensensistem, The Bergman Method and Dien Chan Zone…all similar but completely unique in their application and technique.  These therapies have the same benefits as foot reflexology but act as a great alternative, and often get quicker results for some conditions, particularly those concerning the head as the messages take  a more direct route to the source of the problem.  And the exciting aspect of working on the face, is that it is much more accessible to you! I can give you points and techniques to work on your own reproductive system on your face – amazing!

Dien Chan Zone – Italian Facial Reflexology, is particularly powerful as it emphasises self care in self application, and I have a very potent and effective map to share with you that not only balances hormonal levels but can help ease a myriad of other conditions related to the female reproductive system.  I’m witnessing it’s power every day in clients and within the Dien Chan Zone community.  So if you’d like to know more, just ask.

If you’ve stuck with me until the end, well done!  I know I’ve gone on a bit but I hope you’ve found it interesting.  One day I’ll go through all my old client files and add up exactly how many reflexology babies have come into the world in the 14-15 years I’ve been a reflexologist!  I think the number will surprise me.  When I get that wonderful text yelling “I’M PREGNANT”, I doubt there’s another soul around that has more job satisfaction then me.  Unfortunately, there are no guarantees and a few couples have moved on without success to try other options, but if you’d like a free consultation to discuss if I think reflexology can help you or to receive my “Trying to conceive” guide”, please get in touch.  But if not, I hope you’ve found this big blog and it’s contents useful.

Peace and Love, George xxx

Facial Reflexology…my thoughts and experience…so far…

April 19th, 2018

Since completing the Dien Chan Zone Operator course in March 2018, I’ve received a lot of messages from people asking for my opinion on the course and facial reflexology in general.  As this course was the first one to be held in the UK, I THINK it makes me the first therapist in the UK to be trained in the following three systems of Facial Reflexology:   Sorensensistem, The Bergman Method and Dien Chan Zone.   How cool is that!  It won’t stay that way for long I’m sure but for now I’m rolling with it.  So rather than spending time answering lots of messages, I did a little vlog on the subject.  You can check it out on YouTube here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FttzLFmauH8&t=1s

I didn’t want to waffle on for too long and there’s a lot of important stuff I missed out.  As  the weeks have gone by, I keep thinking of things I should have said.  Which is why I’ve done this blog too.

Sorensensistem is now available to learn online. Although I mention the cost and effort involved in learning this amazing therapy, it was definitely worth it.  It’s the facial reflexology treatment I use the most and the results are very powerful.  The potential for CPD with this therapy is phenomenal with webinars galore which teach you how to work with people with many different conditions such as dementia and alzheimers, stutters, diabetes, special needs, mother and baby and so on.  More info can be found here:

http://www.facereflexology.info/learn-with-lone-online/

http://www.facialreflexologyschool.com/course-catalogue

Ziggie Bergman offers many other courses following the basic and advanced facial reflexology such as facial cupping and zone face lift master class.  The online group is great for referring clients and answering any questions.  More info on Ziggie and the amazing pioneer she is, can be found here:

www.zonefacelift.com

But I really wanted to add more about Dien Chan Zone (DCZ) because it is starting to blow my mind.  The more I practice DCZ, on myself, on others and see the results of clients working on themselves, I am completely in awe.  And I also feel a bit stupid.  Let me explain why…one of the principals of reflexology, is that the more you receive, the quicker the messages will get to the relevant parts of the body and the quicker homeostasis will be gained and the body can heal itself.  As Helen Black, my amazing DCZ teacher, so succinctly puts it:

“Facial reflexology offers you the opportunity, through daily facial stimulation, to encourage the ‘correct’ circulation of blood, lymph, oxygen, minerals and energy to your interior organs. Stimulation of precise areas, according to maps projected onto the face, sends a signal to the brain which works with the peripheral nervous system to increase circulation at the chosen area in the body.”

DCZ encourages receivers to work on the facial map most relevant to their main symptom for 21 consecutive days.  During this time, with the reflexes being stimulated daily, balance and a reduction in symptoms should come about much quicker but it varies between individuals.  And I feel foolish for not latching onto this concept before.  Although I often give clients homework to do on themselves to complement our sessions, working on your own feet can be physically tricky and not very relaxing and working on your own hands can be very effective but the reflexes are more compact and complicated.  For the last 7 years I have also given people facial reflexes to work but never full maps or projections.  The facial maps used in DCZ are so simple and easily accessible to everyone, it seems obvious that this is what we should ALL be doing!  From the off I was intrigued to see if this would work and so started a little experiment with a small group of women who belong to my secret facial reflexology group (you get added to this fab group after you attend one of my workshops).  Helen Black did a great blog on the female reproductive system and this seemed the best map to start with.  Helen’s blog can be found here:

http://helen.black/self-treatment-female-reproductive-organs/

So we all worked this map for 21 days straight:

The gobsmacking results experienced within the group proved rather positive rather rapidly.  I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome in 2002 and although it caused a few problems years ago when starting a family, thanks to reflexology, it didn’t stop me having my two beautiful children.  However, since having my little angels I have suffered with hormonal skin, premenstrual headaches and irregular periods.  Well… 10 days into the 21 day self treatment and my period arrived without being proceeded by a massive, painful spot on my chin or a brain aching untouchable headache.  And I wasn’t the only one.  Others reported no headaches, no PMT, clear skin, better mood and one lovely lady sent me this “First period in 35 YEARS without back pain, migraine or crazy cravings.  Only two stomach cramps that passed in a few seconds.  I cannot thank you enough as it used to make my life a misery.  Less heavy too so I’m super happy.  And no big pimple on chin!”.  Now if that isn’t progress and healing in motion I don’t know what it.  And too many of us were involved for this to have been a coincidence.  After the 21 days it’s important to take a break for 7 days to allow the body to reset and rebalance.  If you feel it’s necessary, repeat another 21 days but if you feel good, then wait a while and see what happens.  Again to quote Helen:

The time it takes to rebalance your reproductive functions with the help of Facial Reflexology really depends upon how long held and deeply set your particular imbalance is. The same issue manifested in 100 people has causes which are entirely different from one case to the next. Some people may notice an improvement within a matter of days, whilst for others it may take weeks.

The healing isn’t limited to the reproductive system as other maps are available to us to help balance:

The digestive system

The circulatory system

The nervous system

The urinary system

Male reproductive system

Lymphatic system

Musculo-skeletal

And I have maps and videos explaining how you can heal yourself.  The power really is in your hands (and face).…so ask me at your next appointment or get in touch to book in.

But in summary…YES I would recommend the Dien Chan Zone Operator course and cannot wait to learn more on the advanced course next year.  After all my chat that’s what most people want to know.   Helen Black is a wonderful, inspiring, passionate teacher and her social media pages are both beautiful and insightful.  Go follow her now!  I wasn’t sure if this therapy could teach me much considering its cross over with Sorensensistem, but the differences are huge and it’s made me look at facial reflexology in a different way and made it a whole lot more potent.  And I can’t wait for it to expand my mind and practice even more.

As I say in the video, if you had the time or inclination to watch it, I would also most definitely recommend Sorensensistem and the Bergman Method too for the reasons explained.  I’ll shut up now.  Self editing is not my forte.  Thanks for making it to the end

x George x

Japanese Cosmo Facelift case study

April 21st, 2017

Back in February 2017 I decided it was time to do a case study for the Japanese Cosmo Facelift treatment I trained in 2015.  Although I’ve done many treatments of this type – which is an off shoot of Facial Reflexology Sorensensistem, but aimed at improving the appearance with anti-aging techniques (please see my JCFL page for more info) – so, far, no-one had signed up for a lengthy course of treatments. Many ladies treat themselves every now and then, and a few have had treatments once every few weeks but no-one had experienced a weekly treatment in an attempt to really try and defy the signs of aging and make them look and feel better.  Everyone notices a difference after only one treatment and I was intrigued to test out how good it actually was.

So, I asked my followers on Facebook if anyone would be interested in a course of 8 treatments at a huge discount (£80 to cover costs compared to £360 (£45 a session)).  I asked interested parties (preferably women aged 40-60 years) to send me a bare faced selfie so I could choose someone who I thought I could really help.

8 beautiful ladies were brave enough to send me their pictures and agreed to commit to 8 sessions and allow me to share progress pictures and use any photos for marketing purposes.  It was a really hard decision as I thought all those who sent in pictures would have been great candidates.  But I chose the lovely Julie….

After treatment one I was amazed at the difference after only one session.  There was an amazing improvement in the forehead and under the eyes.  The fine lines on her cheeks were less defined and the lines between her eyebrows had almost vanished.

I was so excited I shared a shot of Julie’s forehead and promoted it on Facebook (something I’d never done before.  Note to self, make sure you set a limit on how much you want to pay.  5 days and £24 later I figured out how to stop the promoted post.  I thought I’d only done it for one day!  Idiot).  And what a waste of money that was.  Although apparently 6,000 people saw the post, it also had its issues.  A couple of comments said the pictures looked fake, tampered with and that I was trying to fool people.  I was mortified.  In hindsight, the after picture was slightly blurry around the edges, a fact I hadn’t noticed at all or wouldn’t have used it, but still I think the changes and improvement were obvious.  As did lots of other people.  What do you think?

It was a lesson learned and I made sure every future photo was as clear and consistent as possible.  Same angle, lighting, facial expression.  To be honest the photographs caused me a lot of stress!  But anyway.  I hope you feel they show an honest and genuine account of each treatment.

Treatment 2

Julie reported that she had felt awesome the day following the first treatment.  She’d slept well and was feeling good, although she had developed a cold sore on her top lip.  This area was completely avoided to avoid cross infection.  Some therapists may have refused to treat but as long as I didn’t touch the area which was only tiny, this was not a problem.  Julie said she hadn’t noticed much difference in her appearance since the last treatment.

There seems to be a bit of improvement under the eyes and between the eyebrows…the WTF lines, as my darling friend Bekki likes to call them.  But in all honestly I was a bit disappointed after the success of T1 and  wondered if it was the lighting after all.  Anyway, onwards and upwards.

Treatment 3

Julie’s cold sore was still there (although I couldn’t see it!) but it hadn’t erupted or grown.  She said she’d felt good after the last treatment and her stress levels were better but she’d not noticed a great change in her appearance.

The forehead lines seem less deep and the fine lines less prominent.  Also, I think her jowls have lifted some.

Treatment 4

When Julie arrived she advised that other people were starting to notice a difference and a few friends had commented on how great she looked.  This pleased me very much as sometimes others notice what we don’t.

The skin is a lot smoother and we’re really starting to see a difference.  I was advised by a photographer that the best way to get consistent photos was to take them away from natural light, so we moved towards the door which is in the corner and away from the skylight.

Although I felt the treatment was going well, in my training, we were advised to encourage people to booked 2 appointments a week for the very best results.  In reality this is probably an impossibility for lots of people when you consider the cost and time involved but as the school holidays were fast approaching we decided to do two a week for the remaining four treatments.

Treatment 5

Julie didn’t feel great when she arrived.  She’s developed bit of a cold a few days after the treatment and had felt very achey and tired and a bit rubbish.  She’d had an early night and felt a bit better since but her energy was still quite low.  I included techniques to boost the immune system and a thyroid link to improve energy levels.

Treatment 5 was a bit of a disaster.  Well not really, but Julie left the building rather red faced.  Literally.  I’d run out of my usual rose water toner, which I use to mix the rose hip face mask and was using a different brand.  I’d already used it to cleanse Julie’s face, as I do at the start of every treatment, so thought it would be fine to use.  Julie didn’t say anything while the mask was on but  when I sponged it off, I noticed that her face looked very red.  Almost sunburned.  At the end of the treatment I asked how the mask was and she said it stung a little, whereas it hadn’t before.  Julie was quite red and said her skin still felt very warm, like she’d been in the sun for too long.  I assured her it would calm down soon (hopefully!) and figured the rose hip mask had reacted with the rose water for some reason.  Very strange as both are natural quality products.  So, another lesson learnt…if using new products, test them on yourself first!  But that aside, again I think the improvement in skin tone and texture are obvious.

Treatment 6

Thankfully, the redness from treatment 5 had only last a couple of hours and Julie’s friends commented on how good she looked (once the redness subsided).  Even in the before pictures, Julie’s skin appears to be less lined and the deeper lines in her forehead less prominent.  Her eyes seem wider and brighter.

Treatment 7

Julie had had a bit of a stressful week and had developed a bit of a cough.  She felt ok but was worried for her singing voice as she sings in the Whitstable Soul Choir and had a concert coming up and felt ok just a bit croaky.  I included work on the thymus, spleen and lymphatics to help boost the immune system as well as the throat reflexes.

Julie’s eyes seem lifted and forehead smoother.

Treatment 8

Julie had had a headache at the back of her head since Saturday and wasn’t feeling quite the ticket.  During this treatment I included a lot of work on the neck and spine reflexes as well as the Bergman method head reflexes.  Julie’s headache had gone by the end of the treatment.

I think the results after this last treatment were brilliant.

So here’s the final results and the difference between the first and last treatments.    I am super pleased with how things went.  And hope Julie is too.

The picture on the left was taken before any treatment.  Julie was sat in my treatment chair which is situated under a skylight giving natural day light.  The final picture was taken away from the skylight and natural daylight by the door. The room is still lit through the skylight.  No lights were on.  Again, hindsight is a wonderful thing and I stupidly should have thought of it at the time (especially as I’d gone to so much trouble to keep the pictures consistent), and I should have taken another final shot of Julie in the chair under the skylight as per picture 1.  Anyhow, I believe the difference between the first and last pictures are obvious, with improvements in many areas, mainly in the fine lines around her cheeks, the forehead lines and under the eyes.

Julie says of her experience:

I really enjoyed the treatment and found it very relaxing. I always looked forward to the sessions and came away feeling better for having been. There were noticeable differences in the lines on my face and I noticed my skin had an almost youthful glow to it. I would never opt for any evasive treatment so this natural and holistic way really suits me. I will be keeping up the sessions and would highly recommend Georgina and her magic hands to anyone wanting a natural approach to their health, well-being and appearance.

So following the success of this study, I’d encourage anyone wanting to give it a go to book 4 treatments, one every 5-7 days if possible, and then see if you want to book 4 more.  It won’t work for everyone and I can’t offer any guarantees but I hope these pictures will persuade you to give it a go.  Japanese Cosmo Facelift is so much more than just an anti-aging facial.  As it’s based on Facial Reflexology Sorensensistem and meridianology, it helps the body regain balance, and promotes health and wellbeing. If you wanted a bespoke treatment incorporating Sorensensistem and Bergman methods to help with any health related issues, this can easily be arranged as you could have a 75 min session for £55 in combining with other facial reflexology techniques or foot reflexology.  If you have any questions, please email me or visit my Facebook page here.

Thanks for reading (all the 1701 words…hope you enjoyed it!)

Facial Reflexology…Sorensensistem Vs Bergman Method

February 2nd, 2017

Recently I completed training in another system of Facial Reflexology so thought this was a good time to do my first blog about my thoughts on it so far. I’m still not too sure what I’m doing (with the blogging, not the face rubbing) so bear with me….

I suppose I should give you some background info first.  I trained in Facial Reflexology Sorensensistem™ (hereafter referred to as FRS as the other is such a mouthful) in 2011 to complement my practice and give those strange people who don’t like having their feet touched an alternative to foot reflexology. You’d be surprised how many people screw their faces up at the thought of feet.  Let alone someone touching theirs.  Weirdos. Anyhew. I love working on the face and find that some conditions respond better to facial reflexology, particularly those affecting the head.  I always assumed that this was because the messages don’t have to travel through the reflexes of the feet, up the legs, through the body to the head, and take a more direct route.  By working on the face, I feel I’m pretty much affecting the brain and central nervous system a lot quicker.  FRS has been around for nearly 40 years and was once the only known system of reflexology to work on the face…although tribes in Indonesia and South America have been doing this for centuries.  In a few years there will probably be lots of different systems and methods of facial reflexology and I’m rather proud that I trained in the first and most comprehensive.  Go me!

FRS is based on Meridianology – the same system as acupuncture – and uses specific pressure techniques to look for and treat the “worst deposit” (worst imbalance) in the meridians.  Many different maps and protocols are used to create detailed and bespoke treatment plans.  It has a very scientific approach and is a very firm and stimulating treatment which leaves people feeling wonderful.   It is without a doubt the hardest course I’ve ever done.  I mean, have you looked at a map of the meridians!  Mindboggling.  But it’s also one of my favourite treatments to do.

In 2015 in further trained in Japanese Cosmo Facelift (JCFL), an off shoot of FRS that focuses on lifting and sculpting the face to improve the appearance and smooth fine lines and wrinkles.  I never thought I’d be interested in the beauty side of facial reflexology but guess the fact I was soon turning 40 also had something to do with my decision to train!  It’s another brilliant treatment which makes you look and feel good, inside and out.

FRS is the health treatment with the beauty benefit.  I’ve had fantastic results with clients suffering with menopausal symptoms (hot flushes be gone!), headaches, vertigo, stress and insomnia to name a few conditions.  Children also respond incredibly quickly, especially those on the autistic spectrum.  I could go on singing the praises of FRS as it’s really powerful stuff but that’s not the point of this blog so I’ll stop there.

In recent years, the Bergman Method (hereafter referred to as BM) has gained popularity and is probably the most well-known facial reflexology treatment, which probably has a lot to do with its creator Ziggie Bergman, being a whizz at PR!  She has had numerous articles and rave reviews published about the effectiveness and amazingness of her treatments and I thought “I want a bit of this and need to train to keep up with the Bergman’s”.  And so I did. This system allows Reflexologists to use their existing skills and knowledge of Zone Therapy and transfer that knowledge to the reflexes on the face.  Zone Therapy is a much simpler system compared to Meridianology but equally as effective.

To be honest, after completing the first part of the training I was little disappointed.  Compared to the powerhouse that is FRS, BM, so far, seemed to be a bit flimsy and whimsical. It’s a much gentler treatment and is very relaxing and soothing but I was used to something with more substance.  A friend described it as the Swedish Massage of the facial reflexology world, compared to the powerful sports massage of FRS.  HOWEVER, having now completed the advanced course and learning all the techniques and reflex points, I was being rather harsh (and in hindsight under-educated!), as BM has many, many merits and is a truly fantastic treatment.  The subtle techniques serve to relieve stress and get you into a very deep state of relaxation, very quickly, as well as allowing me to access, stimulate or sedate the different reflexes and all the bodies systems.  In fact, so far this week a few people have tried BM and PREFERRED it to FRS!  It still improves wellbeing and the results can be just as astounding.  And so far I’m blown away by people’s response to it.  I love it so much I’ve registered to train in Ziggie’s Zone Face Lift in September, which like JCFL is mainly focused on improving the appearance, but also balances and works the reflexes, thus improving wellbeing and health.

Both Facial Reflexology Sorensensistem and the Bergman Method of Facial Reflexology do the same thing. Like foot reflexology, the therapies aim to bring about homeostasis or balance…by improving  vascular circulation and nerve flow, clearing blocked energy channels and relieving stress.  I believe all of these treatments can serve to relieve pain, boost the immune system, increase serotonin and dopamine levels and leave one feeling completely relaxed, calm and at peace.  And now I have the tools and skills to create truly unique, complex, individualised treatment plans for my clients that use many different techniques to get the best results.  As far as I am aware, I am one of very few Reflexologists who have been trained in all of these methods in Kent and can therefore provide the best treatment possible.  The fact that I am also a Reiki Practitioner, and can bring a level of healing to any treatment many cannot, is another added bonus!  I’d be really interested to know of any other local reflexologists trained in FRS and BM to chinwag and marvel about our work.

Here’s link to a little 3 minute video of me trying to explain some of the differences between the methods.  It starts a bit wonky with me referring to the first demo of FRS as Bergman (bit of a major fail) and I didn’t even notice the error when I first watched it!  However, I think the difference between the two is clear as the video progresses.  Let me know if you are in any way confused.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcog8bZmNM4&t=52s

I’m very excited about what the future holds for Lifespan Reflexology and my clients.  So if you are interested in booking a facial reflexology treatment, whether you like the sound of Sorensensistem or the Bergman method, know that you’ll be getting a totally amazing treatment that is unique to you and your needs.  Now I’m off the give myself a facelift…..

Here are some links you might find interesting

http://www.facereflexology.info/lone-sorensen-sorensensistem/

http://zonefacelift.com/#/biog/

Reflexology and me

May 6th, 2010

I hope you enjoy my site as the pictures and content mean a lot to me.

On trying to source photographs to illustrate “a lifespan” it dawned on me one day that I had all the material I needed in my dear Nan’s old family photos.  So most of the photos on this site are of my Nan, Grandad and family, spanning from birth to old age and I think they capture a very special time and spirit including the importance of family.

I believe that Reflexology can help the whole family remain balanced and calm and help make life happier & healthier for all.  Thanks for taking a look and I hope to hear from you soon.

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Georgina Strickland

Georgina Strickland BSc MAR

I qualified as a Reflexologist in 2004 having trained at the Philip Salmon School of Reflexology in London and have been a Full Member of the Association of Reflexologists since then.

I am registered with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council and I am also a member of Fedant