In March 2018, I undertook Helen Black’s (Mirror Medicine) Operator Course in Dien Chan Zone, Italian Vietnamese Facial Reflexology.  It was the first course to be taught in the UK and blew some minds.  Let’s start with a bit of background info..

The following information has been adapted from www.dienchanzone.com

Dien Chan Zone has it’s origins in Vietnam. ‘Dien Chan’ is a form of facial reflexology and we know that reflexology implies the principle that by stimulating one part of the body, another part of the body is rebalanced. More precisely, when the skin (a major sense organ) is stimulated according to established maps which reflect all the organs of the body, the nervous system (central, then peripheral) responds to reach the targeted organ or area.

Dien Chan was established by Professor Bui Quoch Chau who worked with a group of acupuncturists to experiment, create and code a therapeutic possibility. Dien Chan is the fruit of his passion for reflexology and Vietnamese medicine which puts the face at the centre of everything through massage, stimulation and knowledge of vital points.

Therefore he chose an area already widely understood within the realm of Vietnamese therapy. However, this reflexology remains unique within its genre because it is performed in the presence of all 5 sense organs simultaneously and it allows anyone to work on themselves independently, at any time and to combat any symptom in their body, every day, as often as they choose.

The technique was invented in Vietnam through the use of needles on the face but was always intended primarily to reach everyone. The Vietnamese were already working with the face to resolve health problems for hundreds and thousands of years. Indeed, facial massage remains and popular aspect of their culture today.

Building upon this local behaviour, Professor Chau studied a grid of infinite points and maps (a departure from ancient knowledge) to decipher how the internal organs are placed upon, and connected to, the face. His brilliant and modern intuition led to the depiction of maps for the face and also the body. Therein, Dien Chan in its full application is a ‘multi-reflexology’.

Dien Chan Zone was created by Beatrice Moricoli and Vittorio Bergagnini, two Italian therapists who studied with Dr Chau Professor Chau and adapted it to suit Western culture.  They aimed to find the correct language and order so that this technique would not be lost or wasted in the West. It has been an attempt to return it to everyone, not modified but re-implemented and de-coded and named Dien Chan Zone®.  The treatment now uses a delicate “pointer” tool to access the 633 nerve points to bring balance.  It’s an incredibly relaxing, soothing treatment like no other.  Until recently, it has only been taught in Italy but Helen Black is now taking this powerful therapy around the world.


It works to restore the correct flow of energy in the body. The body signals to us a problem by means of a pain or discomfort in the body. Such a symptom indicates an energetic block.

An energy block means there is a difficulty in circulation for the energy itself along the vital life force which nourishes our body. It is never a synonym for illness, but only a major request for energy (circulation of blood, lymphatics, nervous, respiratory, digestive, sexual and or purely energetic) by one or more organs or systems.

With the possibility to stimulate these interesting areas by ourselves throughout the day, we can regulate and encourage the movement of global energies in the body with particular attention to the zone which signalled the symptom.


It is suitable to treat symptoms presented in the acute, chronic or preventative phases.

In the first instance, we would work in first aid mode with treatment of a few minutes to lessen the pain.

In the second instance, we would work with a treatment of 30 to 60 minutes where the chosen system is worked until we are able to achieve various responses. Every time that you work a symptom we intervene to affect the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual condition of the recipient with relation to the chosen organ.

And the beauty of Dien Chan Zone is its emphasis on self care and empowering receivers to treat, and heal, themselves.  After a treatment, you will be given a map, and possibly sent a video, to help you work on yourself for 21 days.

As a relatively new form of facial reflexology in the West and not widely practiced outside of Italy, it’s drastic results 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.



There are many maps available to you to help almost any imbalance experienced at a mental, emotional and physical level, including problems with:

  • Digestive Problems
  • Respiratory ailments
  • Nervous System Issues
  • Urinary Imbalances
  • Circulatory Problems
  • Immune System issues
  • Reproductive / Hormonal problems



Here’s a link to one of the creators of DCZ, Beatrice Moricoli giving me a treatment on our training weekend