Facial Reflex Therapy

Pain Management
Mental Wellbeing
Immunity
Weight Management
Hormonal Imbalance
Digestive Health

Main benefits

Helps with the relief of stress and anxiety

Helps with depression

Helps with sleep issues and insomnia

Helps with hormonal balancing

Helps with skin conditions

Helps with digestive health

Helps with immune system support

Helps with neurological conditions

Enhances overall wellbeing

What is and how it works

Facial Reflex Therapy combines the ancient philosophies and medical practices of Chinese acupuncture, with the meridian theory, and the Tibetan, Vietnamese and South American body maps with modern science of neuroanatomy.

 

It is a gentle, deeply relaxing yet rejuvenating treatment, mostly done on the face, and sometimes combined with reflex areas and points on the scalp, ears, hands and feet. This allows the therapist to assess the body, identifying any imbalances, and provides information needed for a personalised treatment, with the potential to balance the individual on all levels: physiological, psychological, emotional, and energetic.

The practitioner works in a particular sequence on the face, stimulating the various facial muscles, face zones and points, and working on various micro-systems (representing various body parts) which have a nerve relationship with the individual organs, glands, body systems and the brain, regulating any imbalances, stagnations and strengthening neurological connections.

 

The gentle rhythmic movements and pressing on the select reflex points send impulses via the vast neural network between the brain and the targeted structures, helping to optimise the body’s functions and facilitating overall balancing and healing.

Origins

The root of Reflex Therapy goes back some five thousand years. It was developed over a period of several hundred years in Oriental villages. Manual reflex therapy was created a long time before acupuncture, and is the oldest form of Traditional Oriental Medicine known. There are even references in Stone Age, how to use sharp stones and other instruments to help alleviate pain and disease.

 

There are more references going back 3000 years to the practice of manual therapies in various forms and to their use on hands, feet, and the face in Egyptian, African and Aboriginal cultures and mythologies. The oldest documentation dates to 2500 BC, found in the tomb of a distinguished Egyptian Doctor, Anknahor de Saqqara who practised foot and facial reflexology.

 

Incas practiced reflexology through generations as a preventative health treatment, and the Cherokee Indians recognised the importance of maintaining a physical, mental and spiritual balance and practised reflexology to achieve that. There are other aboriginal cultures in the Andes, southern Argentina, who continue to use facial therapy in its primitive form. There also exists ancient references, illustrating ways of diagnosing patients through observing the ear, tongue, face, and by feeling the pulses on different points of the body.

 

In 1872, an American Doctor, Dr. William Fitzgerald was carrying out research into Reflexology in Vienna and London, and came to some interesting findings with regards to ear, nose and throat problems, applying foot and facial reflexology instead of traditional anaesthesia.

 

In the 20 Century, two American Doctors, George Goodhart and John F. Thei carried out important research into acupuncture and created a technique known as kinesiology which includes the stimulation of the cranium. Cranial-sacral therapy today occupies an important place amongst this complementary practice.

 

Dr. Alfonso Cornelius from Germany was the first person in Europe to publish an article about facial reflex therapy entitled “Druckpunte” in 1902 in a monthly medical magazine.

In the 1970's, the Danish reflexologist Lone Sorensen started pioneering and developing her own therapeutic method called Neuro-Reflex Therapy. Her aim is to offer a very effective therapy to promote natural healing, and combat illness and disease worldwide. These new approaches and techniques have been inspired by ancient techniques from different cultures, and are mostly based on the Tibetan medical practices and philosophies. Additional methods include different Microsystems with scientific research behind Dr. Yamamoto (YNSA) - Japan, Dr. Castillo Morales - Argentina, Dr. Wong - USA, Dr. Chau - Vietnam, Maria Perez -Argentina, and Dr. J. Bossy - France.

Lone Sorensen has dedicated her life's work to the study and development of effective treatment methods for many health conditions, and in her school offers a broad range of specialist courses for professionals as well as for families with special needs children and carers of the elderly.

The International Institute of Reflexology is based in Barcelona, with representation and recognition worldwide. Each Sorensensistem therapist is personally trained and evaluated by Lone Sorensen herself, to ensure the highest level of practice.

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