Dien Chan Zone

The incoherence between thoughts and emotions gets in unbalance with the surrounding. This unease setting comes out in the body as a symptom.

Dien Chan Zone

What is Dien Chan?

Dien Chan, is a simple and highly effective manual technique designed to restore and maintain balance and wellness within the body. Founded in 1980 by Professor Bùi Quôc Châu of Hoi Chi Minh City (Saigon, Vietnam), it originated as a form of acupuncture and developed as a multi-reflexology utilising the body’s natural reflex-nerve and meridian systems.

A typical treatment consists of facial massage whereby pressure is applied according to more than 30 well-established reflex maps and over 600 points on the face. It can offer relief to those suffering interior disharmonies and bodily pains whether acute or chronic in nature.

Now practiced for over 30 years in medical and rehabilitation environments, it has drawn recognition as the most rapid and effective therapeutic technique in over 35 countries.

What is Dien Chan Zone?

AIRFI, Accademia Internazionale Riflessologia Facciale Italian, International Academy of Italian Facial Reflexology, based in Milan since 2008 and founded by Beatrice Moricoli and Vittorio Bergamini. It is the only officially authorised school of Dien Chan in Italy and offers a unique form of the technique worldwide.

Beatrice and Vittorio began their journey with Dien Chan before any books about it had been written. They have studied in Vietnam and were involved in the transmission of the technique from East to West, finally publishing their own book in 2015.

Whilst honouring the Vietnamese tradition their work has been one of extended study and experimentation to adapt the method to meet the needs of the Western public. Notably this has led to lighter pressure and greater openness and connection between therapist and recipient.

Acclaimed by Professor Bui Quoc Châu amongst others, their school has become an important reference point for the evolution of Dien Chan globally.

Why choose this method?

The face reflects every kind of pain and presents all of the reflex zones in the body; thus it provides a reflexology zone of the highest order.

Working in proximity to the brain and sense organs allows reflex systems to mobilise more quickly than other reflexologies. Moreover, the number of points and maps greatly exceed that of other techniques.

Dien Chan Zone is reputably beneficial for common ailments such as:

Sinus problems
Neck and back pain
Digestive problems
Migraines and headaches
Panic attacks and anxiety
Menstrual pains and hormonal issues
Water retention, cellulite and heavy legs
Muscle and joint aches e.g. cramps, lumbago, sciatica

Try to believe!

The first time I’ve tried Dien Chan Zone I could not believe how well it worked. I personally don’t recall ever having a more relaxing experience, almost like a meditation! I did brilliantly help me with the issue at hand too, of course, but the session itself was pure bliss!

The love was so great that I decided to add the therapy to my portfolio becoming in 2018 the very first Dien Chan Zone operator in Dublin, Ireland!

To book, message me HERE or mail me at contact@jennyferpicolo.com

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A note on notes – salt and sugar

Giving and receiving feedback takes an important part on development in a person’s professional or personal life. However how to keep away from the “note” trap is something that’s been on my mind lately.

The nature of a feedback is constructive criticism that one can build up on and grow from. On the other hand, a “note” may be charged with opinions which many times don’t give themselves to progress and usually bring about frustration.

I think that on the “art of feedback” you need two ingredients: SUGAR AND SALT.

SUGAR

GIVING FEEDBACK

Sweeten it up, sugar!

If its already sweet, it only gets sweeter. If it is bitter, as Mary Poppins would advice, a spoon full of it would help it going down!

Be kind. And when you think you are kind enough, be gentler.

A rule of thumb is asking yourself how important it is to say what you are about to and what the person you are about to talk to can do with the information given.

Be precise and specific. Talk about behaviour not personality.

If the reason behind the feedback leads to your personal preferences (giving the person is not employed to this specific need), be aware that it is a note you are giving, and be open to further discussion.

“If I were you I’d…”, “When I do it, I radder…”, “I don’t like this way, I prefer…”. These are phrases welcomed on an informal conversation and notes that open up discussion.

SALT

RECEIVING FEEDBACK

Flavour it. Put some salt on and even, at times, some pepper!

When we care deeply about what we do, we can become easily sensitive to the subject allowing our ego to be at the forefront and, therefore, get bruised.

First things first: learn how to discern a feedback from a note.

If it is a feedback, listen, consider it, learn from it. Then, thank the person who gave it to you.

If it’s a note you’re given, consider who is giving it. If the person knows you personally you might choose to take it that way and discuss. Otherwise, don’t take it personally. Thank the person and send her on her way.

When you realise what you’ve been given is a note it frees you to see it as it is -just an opinion- and even to sympathise with who gave it to you. After all, we all have our own opinions of how things should or could be done to perfectly suit our own likes.

So put some salt on it! Invite sympathy and compassion into it.

Sympathy and compassion are the salt and sugar we must bring along with us on our “quest for a better living” back pack.

We are all learners.

We are all giving our best.

Let us all remember that next time upon giving and receiving feedback.

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All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.

J.R.R. Tolkien

Chakra Bracelets!

I’ve been feeling called back to make some jewellery lately and, as I am trying and opening myself to guidance and flow, I obliged.
Got a few items out of my huge supply box, sat down on my zafu and off I went on my craft journey.

One, two, three, four, five… I wasn’t until the fifth bracelet been done that I realised what they were or what they wanted to represent. I was looking around the pieces and choosing colours at random, hand on heart, until I got it: red, yellow, orange, blue and purple… oh, wait a minute… these are chakra colours! Then I proceeded to make the two “missing” ones.

I love when that happens! It makes me feel connected on a different level to source. It’s like a conversation “I am here, speak”, “I am here, listen”.

I am saving this special set for myself, but felt the lead of making it available should anyone else like to have them. I am not adding them to my etsy shop (which is still in “holiday mode” in case you wonder why you can’t access it) and they will be only made by order. You can choose one of the chakras or the whole 7… just let me know here. The materials are: Austrian crystal and wood, and they feature a three of life charm and cotton tassel. They are built on a stretchy band.

Have you been listening to the universe and its awesome serendipities? What do you feel guided to lately?

Let me know in the comments! xx

Random acts of kindness

“Be kind whenever possible. It’s always possible.”

Dalai Lama

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Isn’t it great when you fill yourself with the most incredible feeling of joy and gratitude that only the experience of kindness brings?

Nowadays having this kind of experience is getting harder… but it is still there. Sometimes when I go out, I make a point on paying attention on to it. A scavenger hunt of sorts to find kindness and love.

And man, do I feel good when I find it! A helping hand, a smile, even the 3 “magical words”.

Last week a woman in front of me in line for the till on the supermarket turned around and gave me a €10 voucher to use against my purchase as she “wouldn’t be able to use it, and it’d go out of date”.  That was generous of her, I felt happy. But even the smallest thing can transform someone’s day.

I came across this little “take one” printouts the other day, and thought that’s a lovely idea! Sprinkle around town a little bit of joy!

What are your ideas to make ours a kinder world?

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Why Do I Meditate – the honest truth

Is meditation good for you or can meditation be beneficial in you life?

There are many articles out there, from the religious approach to the scientific one, all agreeing that, yes, meditation can in fact bring up positive changes to a persons life. In other words, its good for you.

Knowing that neurosciences and psychology reinforce ideas such as the “Relaxation Response”, and Mindfulness seemly being the word of the last few decades among those of us seeking for quality of life, the underlying questions is: why doesn’t everybody meditate?

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Perhaps to understand why doesn’t everybody meditate we should start by getting why one does, so here is my tale:

In a world where stress, fear and the idea of lack is the norm, meditation seem not only a luxury for those who have time to spare but also too much of a hard work and investment for one to make.

Yes, you have got to work with your patience and discipline in meditation, but above all you must be willing to stay put at your own side through tick and thin. Be present, there for yourself no matter what, be willing to listen. Here is when, some say, meditation becomes too difficult.

Mindfulness is a choice that you make over, and over, and over, and over again every step of the way.

However daunting this premise sounds, fear not.

I did start meditating quite early in life, at 15 years old, this its true. But lets not make any assumptions because of that. There is no such thing as a meditation master point, that once reached – after several years of practise – you’ve got a pass in live that states that from then on, my friend, you’ll go with the breeze.

Meditation is a practise, but what are we practising for? For life itself!

There is no bypass in it, and you are bound to find yourself several times in front of things that you’d rather not be dealing with. And its precisely then, on these not so glorious moments that I see the effects that meditation and mindfulness have on me, and here is why I choose to always come back to it:

The bounce-back-ability!

If you’ve been to one of my classes you know that I love saying that! And I do so not just because it’s fun, but also because I see it as a truth.

The ability to focus, to take a step back off a situation, to breathe, to have a different perspective there and then.

I will give you an example. We all have a person who knows exactly how to take us for a ride on a whirlwind of drama. To me this is, as I believe is to many of us, my mother!

I truly love her. Perhaps that is the reason why she could just grab me by the hand for many a unsolicited emotional rollercoasters. And I tell you this: the first day I could really feel myself getting sucked into it and took a step aside, was simply remarkable!

There is no small win here, people.

Owning it!

The capacity of reducing the amount of censure we inflict upon ourselves is truly liberating.

Having a laugh, having a cry, agreeing or not, saying it or getting up and leaving… and not dragging it all for the rest of the day or for the rest of your life!

Being brave enough to be vulnerable is one of the most important lessons I’ve learnt, and if there was one thing I could pass on to the world it would be that is not only “ok” to be you, it’s essential!

Being truly present to what is going own around and within me allows me a great deal of comfort in being who I am. Even if it is scared or sad. Perceive the moment, honour it, move on, repeat.

I guess what I am trying to say is: I meditate because it makes my life less complicated. It grants me contact with the root of who I truly am.

I am Mindful because it allows me to embrace life fully.

I teach it because I wish everybody deeply loved and accepted themselves as a stepping stone for loving others. I teach it because I wish a happier, fuller, more meaningful life to all of us.

I ask you now, if there was something out there with the potential of making you see life like that, and this thing relied solemnly on your will as it is already latent and ever available, would you give it a try?

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Have you ever….. wait a minute, if you are at all human you have more then “ever”! There is this little word that carries a big stigma: procrastination. And I know that without exception we’ve all found ourselves there, on procrastination limbo, for one reason or another… and here is where it gets tricky, is this “one reason or another” thing really a valid argument?

Believe you me, I have procrastinated in too many occasions in this life. So much so that I’ve become an expert on it and can create the most amazing reasons why it is ok for me not to do what I want to. But why?

There are a couple of things that we can observe when the subject is our own procrastination.

The first one is the feeling you have towards the act or decision you are avoiding, and you can tap that by asking yourself a very simple question:

“Do I want to do that?”

I’m not talking here about the more trivial things like doing the dishes or putting the bin out, this my friend borders on (or goes deep on) laziness, and you can bet that’s something I know a thing or two about too! But for now lets think about things like creating, exposing what you’ve created, making a decision, taking a chance, making a change, giving something a start or an end. How do you really feel about it?

It might be something that goes profoundly against what you believe, and a clear NO is the first thing that comes to you. In this case procrastination gains a “pass card” transforming itself into postponing, which might be just what you need to take a more clear and comfortable decision and that’s just fine.

But what happens when your guts tells you YES? This is something you want to and believes on but…

The “but feeling” is a funny codename for a not so funny emotion that is fear.

“Fear” has a bad rep overall, but it brings a prime opportunity to sit down and look inside, and is one of the best emotions (as usually the classified unpleasant are) to develop true awareness and kindness towards ourselves.

Here I list my personal top 2 fear-based reasons to procrastinate and their counterparts that help me keep on moving. I know… we all could get on and on and make of it a never-ending list, but I believe it narrows down to:

1 – “What if I fail?”

This one can be a constant in many people’s mind.

The “what if” is a pandora box that when open brings to the surface many other fears and anxieties such as financial and emotional stability. And these are the kind that can very easily be legitimated and reasoned, therefore keeping us paralysed.

The bottomline is certainty just isn’t there. It is never there, really. Sometimes things happen exactly as planned, but more often than not they don’t and, guess what, that’s just perfect!

This is one of life’s characteristics that makes living a great adventure!

Once you realise that being stuck in worry is too an decision and will bring about reactions that are also out of your control, you face the option of moving forward on a different light.

Life happens, transforms and flourishes. Always have and always will. The fear of failure will not stop life from doing so, and we shouldn’t neither.

Bravery and vulnerability walk hand in hand.

2 – “What will they say?”

That’s a type of question that hunts the mind particularly when it is time to share the things we very passionately create, may be an artistic talent, a book, a blog post… We are simply not read yet!

This is when we edit ourselves to no end, trying desperately to lapidate our precious diamond of creation to its perfection that, needless to say, we will never reach.

The concept of perfection is tied together with the vision we hold of ourselves and how deserving of good and love we believe ourselves to be. When when we accept the perfection within us we expand this view towards all of it that comes from and though us.

People’s opinions will then still matter, however will not shake our inner value and perception but act as a catalyst for growth.

Showing up for life from a place of love and authenticity is what makes us truly unique.

I invite you, next time you catch yourself on a less than proactive situation, to sit with your fear and observe them candidly. It can be an enlightening experience and a brilliant little reminder to just keep on going.