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Facial Reflexology: Self Treatment for the Musculoskeletal System

Allow me to introduce the map I affectionately call Mr Yang. This is the primary map I teach in the Dien Chan Zone Operator course because it is always our ‘plan A’ with regard to treating the musculoskeletal system. It is wonderful as a reference for treating any kind of pain, discomfort, tension or damage at the level of the muscles, bones or connective tissues and can be used by anyone at any time. By stimulating the zones which correspond to a current symptom in the body we invite our nervous system rebalance the energy levels there and promote circulation of blood, lymph and other vital fluids around the body.

With knowledge of this map you can relieve yourself of many discomforts in the body using nothing more than your hands as I hope to demonstrate to you in this brief and bulleted post.

Mr Yang

Acquainting yourself with the map

Our red figure has his back exposed as he lies across our face whilst his body takes the following position:

  • His head rests face down in a circular zone tracing from the eyebrows to the centre of the forehead

  • His neck corresponds to the area between our eyebrows an downwards to the curve in the nose.

  • His shoulders land on the inner tips of our eyebrows and his arms are outstretched across their length, hands on temples.

  • His spine traces from cervical, dorsal to lumbar along the length of the nose bone (as we move down from top to bottom) and his sacrum across the soft tissue at the tip of the nose, his coccyx at the base of the nostrils on the midline of the face. The entire ‘meaty’ sides of the nose correspond to the paravertebrae and muscles which hold the spine in place.

  • His pelvis become his hips at the outer wing of each nostril and his upper legs trace along the naso-labial line to meet his knees at the corner of the lips.

  • His lower legs run from the corner of the lips to his ankles at the hollow of the chin and his feet lie sole-upwards across the fullest part of the chin, toes along the bone which extends into the jaw on either side.

This map is 3D in every respect meaning it reflects both front and back, and everything in between at the physical level, e.g. his neck is also his throat, his calves are also his shins, etc.

Treating the upper body

This map is especially good for easing neck, shoulders, arm, head and back aches, easing tension and aiding recovery from trauma or surgery. Follow these instructions to stimulate the whole reflex zone or choose one area that relates to a current symptom you wish to treat:

  1. Uncross all limbs and if possible remove metal jewellery and belts. Close your eyes and relax if possible, though a mirror may be required at first.

  2. Sit comfortably and using the knuckles of your thumb or tip of your index finger begin tracing small circular motions in the space between your eyebrows - as if you are trying to colour in the space and don't want to leave any part uncovered.

  3. Slowly, massage the area between the eyebrows and up towards the centre of your forehead - this relates to the neck and head, refer to the map for a general idea of the zone. Take your time. We are looking for tiny micro-zones of points of discomfort, points that feel pleasurable to touch, or points which turn red/pale or where you notice a small lump or dent... When you find one stay there longer, lighten the pressure and observe what happens.

  4. With one or two knuckles work your way along the length of your eyebrows towards your temples, always ensuring you stimulate both left and right sides of the face. This area corresponds to your arms. You should apply a nice pressure but never to a level that hurts. As before, treat ‘points of interest’ for longer and with a lighter pressure before continuing to cover the entire zone.

  5. Next, we can work the whole of the back by exploring the nose with the same technique. Starting between the eyebrows and working our way down - from upper back to lower. You may find it is more comfortable to use slightly larger circles or more linear motions here. Cover the length of the nasal bone and all the way around both sides thoroughly.

Treating the lower body

This map is really good for treating the hips, heavy legs or circulatory problems, knee issues and ankle pain in particular. Follow these instructions to stimulate the whole reflex zone or choose one area that relates to a current symptom you wish to treat:

  1. To stimulate the hip region take both index fingertips and massage around the nasal wing and outwards, use a rubbing motion to warm the area and don’t be afraid to colour ‘outside the lines’ of our map. In addition it is best to treat the entire leg reflex zone as below.

  2. To stimulate the leg area it may be comfortable to add an oil or cream as we want to pass from the base of the nose on each side and trace down past the corner of the lips and to the hollow of the chin, following the lentht of the legs of the Yang map. You can use long strokes or a more inquisitive circular motion with your fingertips here and as before, when you find a point which responds abnormally, stay there longer before completing stimulation of the reflex zone.

  3. For knee issues it is advisable to treat the entire leg zone first, then using your index finger tips place either one at the each corner of your lips, mouth closed, and massage in a circular motion here moving only a little from that spot. Warm the area well.

  4. For ankle issues it is advisable to treat the entire leg zone first, then using one fingertip or the rounded end of a pen, find the central point at the hollow of your chin and massage the spot for a few moments. Warm the area well and as before, pay extra attention to any micro-zone or point which requests extra attention.

This technique (Dien Chan Zone) is as simple as it is effective! There are no counter indications to this work and it can be used as often as required. Most people will experience an improvement in symptoms immediately after stimulation but in all cases, the results are amplified over time with consistent use.

To learn more simplified massages for use at home, check out my teachers' incredibly generous book Dien Chan Zone: A Practical Handbook with Maps and Images available in e-book form for English speakers worldwide via Amazon.


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