Everything that identifies us separates us from ourselves, any idea or vision of life that creates judgment, or belief systems within which categorizing the world takes us away from the flow of Life.
We are trying to empty the ocean with a teaspoon... be the ocean: trustworthy, trusted trusting there is nothing that can be lost but fear...
Stay here, with your tired face in your hands and love every wrinkle, every sign that your warrior heart has drawn on your face ... and read with rapt amazement the story you wrote, which deserves to be read and understood and let go
Dien Chan Zone is
here and now
in your hands
on your face
but it always passes from the heart.
Francesca Airaghi (DCZ® Senior Teacher)
Simplicity is key to relaxation and best results
When I first began my study of Facial Reflexology I was living in Italy and had done no prior research in the field. To my surprise - a year into my coursework - I found that there are other people in the world sharing various techniques, applied with varying intentions and sometimes using the same maps.
Truth be told, the lack of comprehensive and practical information available to English speakers is the reason I began my teacher training. The more I have observed how others move in this sector, the more I am honoured to caretake the purity and the potency of Dien Chan Zone®.
When I am asked to explain why, of all the techniques available, one should choose this one, it's difficult not to sound competitive as for me there is no comparison. I'll do my best here to demonstrate that point of view.
What is Dien Chan Zone®?
'Dien Chan Zone' refers to the method of Facial Reflexology which has been advanced and adapted in Italy over the last 20 years by my teacher Beatrice Moricoli. It is a branch of Vietnamese Facial Reflexology which has ancient origins that were re-imagined into a points system post-war in the 1970s.
Is 'Dien Chan' the same as Dien Chan Zone®?
Despite the almost identical names - there is a world of difference between these two modalities.
To understand takes some knowledge of the function of reflexology... For those new to the sector, allow me to summarise that reflexology is an energetic signal sent from the periphery of the body to specific organs via the nervous system.
I've found that reflexology practitioners come in two varieties: first, there are those who stimulate zones or points methodically as part of a set sequence... they might talk to their receiver in the meantime, they might put a lot of energy into practicing specified maneuvers, they might think about what they have planned for the weekend during a session... They may be amazed by reflexology and eager to learn more with regular classes and varied trainings...
And then there are some practitioners just 'get it'. In most cases, they were lucky enough to arrive to this work with a good teacher who taught them from the beginning that reflexology is not just a science but an art form, a practice which in and of itself will reveal to you the Universe - if only you allow it. They are passed a technique that will permit the free and individualised exploration of their specialised region (be it hands, face or feet) and their results are all the more dramatic given the simple and modest mode with which they work.
As a member of the latter group which for now is much smaller, my perspective is that the key to reflexology is sensitivity, focused intention and a humble heart. The first description couldn't be further from my practice even though - to the untrained eye - what I do might look similar.
Therein, the fundamental difference between 'Dien Chan' and 'Dien Chan Zone' is that the latter has been subject to a longer study and development in Europe - to meet the therapeutic need of Westerners for greater soothing, guidance and support - and to invite more therapists to the world of reflex therapy.
Dien Chan traditionally entails brief and painful sessions involving the pressing of specific points according to a grid that must be kept nearby for reference during treatment. A beautifying derivative has been developed mainly to increase the sales of specialised aesthetic tools that were originally developed for use on the body.
Meanwhile, Dien Chan Zone® or DCZ® is a lie-down treatment which profoundly relaxes the nervous system using a delicate pressure to stimulate specific zones of the face. It encourages a deep connection between Operator and Receiver that puts both in touch with their bodies and acts as a meditaiton in motion. The ancient Chinese would say that when you work with a light pressure you treat the Shen, the spirit of the heart. I think that’s probably the best way to summarise our technique.
Always intended as a tool for all, self care maps and instructions are shared with each receiver at the end of treatment so that work can be continued at home using fingertips or a rounded pen. Nobody is obliged to purchase unnecessary tools at any stage - in fact, active discouragement is my advice most of the time.
Why are tools counter-productive?
You may have encountered images of tools that promise to 'add to' the benefits of facial reflexology with beauty-bonuses. Though innocent in intent, this is inadvisable for those who want the deepest whole-body results. For those in the beauty world, you can think of it as mixing pure green and chemical approaches - it doesn't make much sense. You literally can't work as 'deep' when you are focused on the superficial.
Facial Reflexology best practice requires a therapist to seek out and stimulate specific micro-zones where their receiver demonstrates a reflex response. Finding these tiny and unique areas is the action that signals the body to rebalance at the corresponding organ.
When we use multiple tools our impact is limited because:
Changing tools distracts our attention and breaks the energetic cycle between therapist and receiver
Tools designed to stimulate a large surface area do not serve the precision required to seek responsive reflex points
The use of elaborate instruments creates the image that reflexology requires something beyond the individual - which is detrimental to free and autonomous self care
The cost of fancy instruments prices many out of experiencing Facial Reflexology
The focus on stimulating the skin at the superficial level is not a focused interaction with the reflex zones
Skin issues presenting in receivers should be treated from their root by targetting specific organs for long term rebalance - rather than providing short term improvements that are only skin deep
Vietnamese or Italian?
After 20 years of research informed by my teachers' background in TCM, Shiatsu, Tui Na, Qi Gong and Tai Chi, DCZ® has been expanded to include:
The world's only Cranial reflexology
A therapeutic muscular Beauty Massage
TCM theory to treat allergies and intolerances
A unique first aid protocol
Together this package is referred to as 'Italian Facial Reflexology' through all of the maps and fundamentals were born in Vietnam around five centuries ago.
To best describe the Italian flavour, let's deviate to a mini-language lesson... In Italian, the word 'to feel', sentire also means 'to hear'. To put it this way - when you speak with an Italian they not only hear what you are saying, they feel it in their bodies as well. In all interactions, therefore, there is an emphasis upon what can't be seen or interpreted with the senses which is only reinforced by the country's long-standing mysticism and religious beliefs.
When working with DCZ® we treat all kinds of imbalance and don’t rely on any specific instruments or reference books to do so. Treatments are hypnotic and results dramatic but lasting.
Moreover, whilst we cater to the population we serve, what we teach is also suitable for receivers in the East, in the North and in the South... and we intend to take DCZ® in all of these directions!
This evolution of the medicine emphasises educating people about the language of their bodies and the power of their touch. Always recalling the Vietnamese origin of this gem - the world’s first Reflexology on the face and further, the first Multireflexology that in a stroke of genius extends all over the body - it is now ready to be applied universally with a softer touch and more respectful nature.
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If you've been drawn to me and my message I don't believe you'll be satisfied until you study this specific technique. Anything else may lead you astray and will most likely hinder your ability to absorb what is already a subtle transmission...
Instead, I'd suggest you grab a copy of my teachers' book (link >>> here) and begin to explore self-treatment following the generous instructions there. If you haven't already done so, be sure to subscribe below for a free e-book and email me any time with questions. All courses and booking is available here >>> www.mirrormedicine.com.
If you have already studied Dien Chan and are hungry to explore at a deeper level you know who to call. If you are eager to begin training with me but can't make a class this year... there are numerous teachers to follow. Anyone who talks about the present moment, who takes you out of your head and into the body... anyone who reminds you that everything you need is already inside of you.
May you move closer to what your heart calls for and may we all unveil our truest essence with Facial Reflexology as a key to deeper understanding of the Universe's poetry.