What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is an art and a science which involves the precise stimulation of established maps of the body (and its organs) at the level of the skin and at the periphery of the body. It is most commonly applied to the soles of the feet or palms of the hands.
What is multireflexology?
Dien Chan Zone® in its full application is a multireflexology meaning that it allows therapists to work with multiple maps both on the face and all over the body (including on the hands, feet, ears, arms, legs, back, fingers and using specialised mudras). This is a distinctly Vietnamese reflexology with ancient roots yet still relatively unknown worldwide today.
Is facial reflexology similar to foot reflexology?
It is and it isn’t. The main difference is that facial reflexology provides much faster results (by working in proximity to the brain and sense organs). In addition, because of the ease of access we each have to our faces, it can be performed in complete autonomy anytime, anyplace. Learn about more of the differences in this >>> blog post on the subject.
What is the difference between Dien Chan/m and Dien Chan Zone®?
‘Dien Chan/m’ (sometimes referred to as ‘multireflex’ or ‘Chan’beauté’) is very seperate technique to Dien Chan Zone® (Italian Facial Reflexology). Both stem from the same origin in Vietnam but whereas the former is shared by the main importers and global vendors of Vietnamese tools, the latter has been developed over the last 20 years by two therapists to meet the needs of westerners as a painless and non-invasive means of health care and vibrational medicine. Read more about the seperation >>> here. Key differences include:
- The former works with hundreds of reflex points on a grid whereas the latter uses reflex zones (and certain points) to decipher personalised points of interest for each individual receiver – hence the suffix zone.
- The former is based in Spain/ Canada, whereas the later is only taught only in association with the International Academy of Italian Facial Reflexology from Italy. To date, Helen Black is the only teacher offering classes internationally.
- Dien Chan Zone® includes simplified sequences for each apparatus in the body as well as a relaxation – tonification – base points protocol to prepare the nervous system for treatment which is used at the beginning of each session to induce deep rest.
Read more >>> here.
How does Dien Chan Zone® differ from other methods of Facial Reflexology?
- The maps: Dien Chan Zone® uses maps associated with Traditional Vietnamese Medicine which are thousands of years old and have been used for centuries by local people there to maintain wellness via facial stimulation. There are over 30, they overlap all over the face and are easily remembered and intuitive from the start.
- Its origin: other techniques use maps associated with Native American traditions, Zone Theory (developed in the late 1880s by an American doctor) or meridian points (which is technically acupressure and not reflexology).
- The tools: nothing fancy here, either fingertips or a double ended pointer, maybe a little bit of oil and occasionally (in the case of facial paralysis for example) a roller. Gemstone Gua Sha makes a nice compliment. No moxibustion on the face. No machines. And no faddy instruments. Certainly no fancy creams.
- Its perspective on the body: as its a multireflexology (see above) Advanced practitioners can interpret signs and symptoms all over the body with ease, relating back to the face for treatment.
- Self care: at the end of each Dien Chan Zone® treatment therapists provide a personalised map with instructions for self care to be applied at home in autonomy by their receivers.
- The extent of application: greater than any other technique in this genre this technique holds protocols for all kinds of symptoms. It also incorporates pillars of Traditional Chinese Medicine, includes the world’s first Facial-Cranial Reflexology and the Dien Chan Zone® Beauty Massage and even emergency protocols (for pain, choking, labour, panic attacks etc).
- Balance over beauty: whilst certain methods focus on the beautifying benefits of facial reflexology, teachers of Dien Chan Zone® recognise that improved circulation, better skin function, muscle toning and fine line reductions are unavoidable (though very popular) by-products of facial stimulation. Meanwhile, the results that can be achieved by working with internal imbalances (digestive, hormonal, respiratory for example) are so satisfying and transformative, this is always our priority.
Read more >>> here.
How long does a treatment last?
Typically 30 or 60 minutes. In the case of emergency treatment, seconds may suffice.
Who can benefit from treatment?
People of all ages and all backgrounds. The list of interventions is endless and unlimited by clinical diagnoses. The method is of great service in aiding recovery from illness / trauma or surgery, as a means to maintain good health. Of course, it is most potent applied as a tool of prevention to treat minor symptoms long before they reach an acute level.
Are there any cases where treatment is not recommended?
- Treatments should not be performed on anyone who has undergone recent botox, injected fillers or elected cosmetic surgery.
- Receivers with a pacemaker (or any other mechanical implant) should not receive treatment on the circulatory system (or corresponding apparatus).
- Anyone taking psycho-pharmaceuticals (or other state-altering drugs) should be taught to self treat rather than receive treatment from an Operator / Reflexologist.
- In the case of dementia or Alzheimer’s treatment is not recommended.
Are there any requirements to join the Operator Course?
There are no prerequisites to join this course. Everyone is invited.
Are there any requirements to join the Advanced Course?
You must first complete the Operator training and demonstrate adequate skills in your practice before applying to join the advanced course. Approval of enrollment is always made at the discretion of AIRFI (www.dienchanzone.com) teachers.
Will I be able to insure myself to practice Dien Chan Zone®?
As a teacher, Helen is affiliated with the IICT, an association which assists practitioners in attaining insurance to practice Dien Chan Zone® in over 36 countries worldwide. Please visit their site for more information.
Is it possible to train as a teacher when I complete the Advanced Course?
We are unable to provide teacher training to English speakers at this time.
What are the requirements to host a course for Helen?
Requirements are simple: for locations in Europe an adequate number of attendees (10 minimum in most cases) for the Operator Course and a suitable space in which to host the event. Classes are led using one massage table per couple and one chair per person.