Kim is a practicioner in Reflexology and Facial Reflexolgy and also lectures at Nature Care College in Sydney. Kim runs her own clinics and plays an active part on the board of the Reflexology Association of Australia.
About Kim Rusten
Q. You are a Reflexology practitioner and teacher, what were your motivations or stimuli to also learn Facial Reflexology?
A. I’m a big fan of synergistic treatments. In my opinion using a combination of techniques produces a longer lasting, more effective treatment. In addition, some forms of reflexology are more appropriate and more effective for particular conditions than others. So learning facial reflexology was an opportunity to put another “tool” in the “toolbox”.
Q. What is involved in a Facial Reflexology treatment?
A. Facial Reflexology is derived from Vietnamese methodology. Facial Reflexology as taught by Lone Sorrensen is a combination of Native South American traditional methods, Chinese acupressure, Vietnamese Facial Reflexology and the stimulation of parts of the brain through the skull.
The protocol is very relaxing and stimulating. The therapist presses and massages the facial tissue beneath the skin.
Q. Are any products such as oils used in Facial Reflexology and if so what are these?
A. Organic Rosehip oil is used as a lubricant. Rosehip oil has a very high antioxidant content which is useful for preventing signs of ageing.
Q. What is the primary aim of Facial Reflexology? Is it dealing with client ailments/conditions or as a relaxation and beauty technique?
A. The primary aim of facial reflexology is stimulation of the body to invoke healing. It has been used to assist learning difficulties in children, impaired brain function, cerebral palsy, autism, Parkinison’s disease, along with all the traditional areas of ‘dis-ease’ reflexology can help with.
Of course there are beauty benefits, as the face is massaged, thereby increasing circulation- leaving the client with a radiance.
In other parts of the world facial reflexology has been associated with beauty treatments particularly the application of pure silver and gold masks which are absorbed by the skin.
Q. What are the additional benefits of Facial Reflexology compared to a traditional facial massage?
A. The technique of facial reflexology is nothing like a traditional facial massage. The benefits are the clinical treatment of ailments through stimulation of meridians (acupressure), stimulation of the brain through cranial puncture and stimulation of body parts through the reflexology “map” on the face.
Q. Are there any similarities, in theory and practice, between facial reflexology, foot reflexology and acupuncture?
A. The theory of the reflexologies are the same and the practices are similar. The map of the body is replicated on the feet, hands, ears and face. A reflexologists may elect to use acupressure, pressing points along a meridian. An acupuncturist uses needles, burning moxa or other more invasive techniques to stimulate the points.
Q. Do you highlight different acupuncture points according to the clients needs or do you encompass all in one standard procedure?
A. Each acupuncture point is specific, so it follows that the points are chosen according to the client’s presentation. I should point out that the use of acupressure in reflexology is an augmentation of the modality. It is not essential to use acupressure in reflexology to achieve a result.
Q. Can you as a practitioner and/or the client feel tension at certain points when applying pressure at the reflex sites?
A. Reflexes that are “out of balance” may feel tense, hard, grainy, hot, cold, hollow, tender, painful or numb.
Q. Can a weakness in our body show up on our face in any way?
A. The Native South American technique is quite diagnostic but only so far as to indicate the meridian disturbance at the root cause of the client’s condition.
Books & Further Reading
Q. Is there any further reading you would recommend on Facial Reflexology?
A. Facial Reflexology by Marie France Muller
Facial Reflexology Course Notes by Lone Sorrensen
Q. What websites can one look for further information about Facial Reflexology?