Anna-Louise Haigh explains her pioneering approach to an ancient skill
Every therapist wants to deliver their very best for their clients. Building trust and rapport quickly during the initial consultation is essential. Knowing and understanding your clients more deeply means that you can really meet their needs before they even know they have them! Every day, since 1988, with every client, I use Soulistic Face Reading to help me achieve the success my clients recommend me for!
Not only is this ancient skill fascinating because of its accuracy to unveil important messages about character, health and underlying personality, it is essential for anyone who wants to really ‘know’ themselves at a deep soul level.
I attribute the consistent results that clients enjoy to the fact that this skill has helped me understand their unspoken and underlying causes of their dis-ease and dis-harmony. By trusting the insights of this highly accurate skill, I know that I am always meeting my client’s needs which softens those times of self-doubt every practitioner experiences.
What is Face Reading?
So, what is Face Reading and why am I still so fascinated about it after all this time? Let me start by telling you what it is NOT! Despite it being called a ‘reading’, this is not a psychic endeavour to reveal the future or confirm what is already known. It is also NOT about interpreting facial expressions.
Face Reading is the systematic interpretation of the structure, features and lines of the face which reveals insights about personality, character and well-being status. Every aspect of the face holds messages that create the story of the person, chapter by chapter, hence the name Face Reading.
Where it all began
Dating back to the ancient days of Chinese Emperors, as with acupuncture and reflexology, a volume of knowledge was amassed based which became validated over time. Face Reading, or Siang Mein as it is called in China, is based on observing people’s behaviour and health in conjunction with common facial characteristics. Initial correlations were catalogued and conclusions were drawn after thousands of observations.
One of the most common applications of traditional Face Reading is found within the Chinese medical system. Although Western Medicine or Complementary Practitioners would not claim to ‘diagnose’ through Face Reading, the accuracy of this approach is commonly used within Traditional Chinese Medicine to assist in diagnosing a patient’s condition.
This picture is taken from a 400-year book which identifies the significance of parts of the face with personality traits.
Face Reading Speaks Volumes
At the time, with no books available, I built upon my initial introduction by basically following the Chinese approach to learn and trust my observations. Having conducted many thousands of Face Readings myself, I know how accurate this approach is.
When engaging with a client, I listen to their story, and at the same time I am reading the features and lines on their face. This allows me to ask, ‘just the right’ questions which open up their ‘real’ well-being needs. Then, I can create the most appropriate treatment session which ignites their return to balance and well-being on all levels.
Over time, witnessing how this approach went deeper than just assisting with general holistic needs, it became obvious that a new level was being reached. I coined the term Soulistic Face Reading to reflect the depth of this whole-being approach. This means that clients receive support for their mind, body, emotions and soul.
Stories the Face Can Tell – A Case Study
Here I am going to highlight 5 attributes and their meanings for this person. Each feature tells part of the story of the person so when they are all put together a clear understanding is unveiled.
- Wispy hairs along the hairline – Indicate natural creativity and that there is a strong soul need to be regularly engaged in something that brings the imagination to life in order for the person to feel fulfilled, whole and happy.
- Eyebrows – In general, straight eyebrows indicate a very pragmatic approach to life. Curved ones indicate a natural interest in spiritual matters. In this case, they are slightly curved which shows that she is cautious about exploring ideas that are not concrete, however, once she has enough information to make up her mind, she is likely to be very engaged.
- Ears – The upper rim of her ear angles outwards indicating that she has a naturally playful, even mischievous, side. She gets bored easily, so it is important to direct her energy towards something productive and meaningful.
- Lower lip – The lips represent what is happening in the digestive tract. In this case, because the lower lip is larger than the upper one, my observation would be that she struggles with bloating and needs to be better hydrated. From a soul perspective, it is likely that she experiences deep lack of self-appreciation and holds onto emotional issues unnecessarily so there is a need to ‘let go and move on.’
- Face Shape – In Soulistic Face Reading as I teach it, we focus on five main face shapes. Each one reflects a selection of core personality traits. The slim, long face shape pictured here denotes that this person likes a challenge and who gets restless easily. She is motivated by achieving goals and has a need to be recognised for doing so. She will give her best to meet the needs of others who she wants to please.
Overall, this young woman is happiest when focused on achieving her goals through creative expression which she approaches with great enthusiasm and dedication. She inwardly challenges herself to overcome what she perceives to be past failures, and can be unnecessarily hard on herself.
As a client, although it would be typical if she presented wanting help with headaches or migraines or insomnia, employing Soulistic Face Reading would reveal her deep sense of feeling out of balance, frustration at not moving forward fast enough due to lacking direction. I would approach her well-being needs by helping her feel more grounded, and comfortable at times of rest. In doing so, she would have the time and space to gather her energy and focus her mind which would give her the clarity she seeks.
Meeting the needs of today’s clients
We are in times or great uncertainty, it is said. I believe that we are in a time of great opportunity. While so many things are seemingly outside our control, it is only your clients are seeking some sort of stability. The foundation of true well-being is found in feeling content, fulfilled and valued.
For this reason, self-knowing is the key to unlocking the inner wealth of well-being and wholeness that underpins all our decisions, experiences and relationships. Soulistic Face Reading is the art and skill of self-knowing that every therapist can use, and every client can benefit from. This fresh and exciting approach to a time-honoured skill gives well-being practitioners the opportunity to expand their reach and make a difference in greater ways. Many students of Soulistic Face Reading develop a mentoring role which enhances their value to clients.
Learn Soulistic Face Reading Online
The time is right to share Soulistic Face Reading beyond the classroom. Delivered with the same richness of information, numerous reference illustrations supported by clear guidance, it is now possible for every well-being professional to gain the benefit of this fascinating approach. Learning online gives you the freedom to study when it is most convenient, yet have the connection with other students and myself through our dedicated Facebook community. Completing this accredited course means you will have received a thorough education and the opportunity to know and grow yourself, improve your relationships and strengthen your career….and benefit all your clients too!
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Anna-Louise Haigh was the first BCMA Member to do a webinar for the BCMA in November, thanks to Anna-Louise it was so successful we plan to do many more!
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A branch of Kinesiology that offers Body Tracking
The School of Creative Kinesiology was founded in 1989 by Carrie Jost, who had made the exciting discovery that the body can actually give feedback about how it is functioning. She saw this as an unfolding of the mystery about the way the body is working (or not) which allows a creative process to take place between therapist and client, through witnessing and working with symptoms and problems. ‘I love the gentle non-invasive work of acupressure and healing techniques that can really shift the energetic problem in the body, relieving symptoms and encouraging a new view on life’. Understanding that all of our experiences – physical, emotional or spiritual – can be held in our physical self is the basis of the work of Creative Kinesiology.
Body Tracking is the method we use to find out what your body is saying to you. Our bodies are wise – they know all about us. Symptoms come about so we can listen to what our bodies are saying – they have no other way of speaking. They can show up as any kind of discomfort, stress, aches and pains, digestive difficulties, low energy, ongoing problems of any kind, including relationships, family stresses and not being able to achieve goals in life.
We can track the problem, discover what it is doing there and from our wide array of techniques available find the ones to make a positive change. We use muscle biofeedback for the tracking – a method that comes from chiropractic – we include some bodywork techniques also originating in chiropractic work. Energy techniques give us a huge range of ways to help – many founded in acupuncture theory – such as acupressure – to make a change in the energy flows in the body.
This work will appeal particularly to those interested in personal growth and their Life Journey – healing the past, expanding the Self in the present and moving forward with potential.
- Enabling individuals to empower themselves
- Supporting people through change
- Learning the tools for life
When we see life as a story, we can find the triggers to our problems or symptoms and understand and heal them, so we are free to be fully ourselves.
The approach of Creative Kinesiology is person-centred. Practitioner and client work alongside each other in a co-creative journey. This process works by accepting, witnessing and using gentle, non-invasive healing techniques (derived from Applied Kinesiology and other modalities.) Each session is tailored to you – every one of you is unique and our bodies will be talking just about you – on all levels of body, mind, emotions and spirit.
Our Kinesiology practitioners are well trained and thorough and above all, they love the work they do – making a difference by facilitating your own healing mechanisms to work effectively. It is worth having a go if you have an ongoing problem that doesn’t seem to be getting resolved, if you are interested in preventing ill health and if you wish to be full of energy to live life to the full.
The School has now expanded, having trained over 250 Professional Practitioners and currently 10 Teachers providing courses all over the country. The CK School became an Association of the BCMA in 2016. A summary of our training courses are below:
THE LIFE TRACKING SERIES
A foundation kinesiology course, recognised by the Kinesiology Federation of GB. As well as an exploration of the world of subtle energy and an opportunity for self-development, it gives an introduction to the “tracking” approach, pioneered by Creative Kinesiology. The syllabus is below:
- Everything is Connected
We are connected to all of life and each other. Well-being happens when every part of our self is balanced & connected.
- Chinese Medicine – the basics
- kinesiology muscle testing
- balancing subtle energies
- practical tools for maintaining equilibrium
- We Can Make A Difference
Exploring how intentions, thoughts and goals can shape our lives:
- starting to track in the energy system
- releasing the blockages so we can move forward
- the Chinese five elements
- Witnessing: The Key to Change
When our stories and our Selves are uncovered and witnessed, our bodies and energy systems can let go of any unnecessary patterns:
- body language, posture & energy splits
- balancing the waters of life
- witnessing others and ourselves
- Self Empowerment
Our focus is on enhancing self-esteem and ways of standing more fully in our own power:
- tracking into the past and healing it
- deeper techniques for centring
- balancing the chakras
As we deepen the tracking work and build our tool kit, we are ready to launch into the next part of the journey:
- recognizing & developing gifts and talents
- the body’s inner realms
- tracking into the future
WAY OF THE TRACKER
This is the professional kinesiology training and a journey of profound spiritual growth and self-discovery which develops the detective work approach of “tracking” to discover the story behind a person’s symptoms and how best to heal. This is designed for you if you:
- Are interested in making a difference
- Enjoy being with people Wish to help others to heal and change
- Are open to being a detective – a body detective
- Have some idea what it means to take a journey of personal growth
You will learn to:
- Listen deeply and witness another as they tell their story
- Help to alleviate symptoms using an array of wonderful techniques
- Look beyond the obvious and discover what is not being said
- Find and use the maps that can guide the work (Physical maps, Nutritional maps, Elemental maps, Emotional maps, Medicine Wheel maps, Energy maps and many others)
- Support people wishing to go on a journey of discovery
- Understand the importance of relieving stress, finding balance and celebrating life.
A professional kinesiology training offering the opportunity to undertake a healing journey through learning simple and effective adjustments to the physical body and the electro-magnetic energy, as well as exploring various other approaches derived from Applied Kinesiology.
COMBINED DIPLOMA – WAY AND THE TRACKER AND PERCEPTUAL BODYTRACKING
This new kinesiology professional training will take you on a profound spiritual journey through which you will receive a thorough training in kinesiology practice. Taking place over roughly two years, you will become confident in the skills of a professional Kinesiology practitioner, able to work deeply with emotion, energy and bodywork.
The School provides courses in most core subjects.
- Inter-Personal Skills
- Practice Management
- Anatomy & Physiology
The aim of these courses is to provide a creative and experiential approach to the subject matter while incorporating the creative Kinesiology approach.
KINESIOLOGY PRACTITIONER DEVELOPMENT
Includes mentoring, master classes and continuing professional courses – these are important aspects of the work of the School.
KINESIOLOGY TEACHER TRAINING
An in-house programme of teacher training and how to lead groups and workshops is available that enables the School to train Kinesiology practitioners as teachers and workshop leaders of LifeTracking, Way of the Tracker and Perceptual Bodywork. Courses available are: Presenting Kinesiology and Group Work Skills. Practitioners must also repeat the professional training if they wish to teach at a professional level.
For further information, please look on www.creativekinesiology.org
WHISPERED TO ME BY ANGELS
Moments in Time, are they yours, are they mine?
The verse collection by Ceran
I am an holistic therapist and everyday kind of person, who for many years has practiced reflexology and working with Angelic vibrational energy to facilitate a way of healing the emotional, physical and spiritual body.
I believe in Angels, and during my lifetime, my intuitive connection to them has guided me on a path of discovery about myself, other people and the vast range of emotional challenges which life presents us with. Few of us realise what our soul’s purpose is in life, but when we each are ready, and the time is right, our journey begins to gently unfurl and we are awakened to tread our own path of discovery in many different ways. My path has led me to expressing the whispers of Angels in verse creating a collection of very special books, to touch people’s hearts and soothe their souls, and help them find a way to reflect, release and begin to heal negative emotions and situations with Angelic wisdom, purpose, positivity and love, each in their own way.
Let me begin by saying that I am not naturally a writer, and so it came as quite the shock when initially all of these beautiful, uplifting words of verse came to me so strongly that I couldn’t ignore them and then more just kept flowing in. I hadn’t really any idea of the reasons why, but responded in my usual way and I ‘trusted and went with it’. Over time when all of the verses had been written, and there were no more words forthcoming, I realised I now held a complete collection of verse, to do what with? – I had no idea.- I ‘felt’ there was a purpose to it all and so I waited for the next ‘intuitive update’ of what to do with them, knowing it would come when the moment was right.
I showed a few of the verses to people across the age spectrum from teenage to mature years. The response from them all was the same. Each recognised that whichever particular verse they were ‘drawn to’ reflected emotional memories or a situation they were currently experiencing, or had experienced within their own lives. They each deeply resonated and connected with their chosen verse, for their own reasons and said they felt as if the verse could have been written personally for each one of them and felt they had ‘got what they needed’ from the words.
I began to understand and realise that the purpose of the words and the verses was to share them with others, to open an emotional heart and soul connection through their own recognition of the sentiments, and their intention to ‘not feel stuck’ any longer. The verses are uplifting, inspiring and offer a way of tapping into and reflecting the real life emotions which we experience regularly, and can create upset and worry and a dis-connect from ourselves. They help us to re-connect with ourselves and emotionally move forward in our lives.
It was then that the name Rainbow Inspired, the rainbow colours, the title of the books and the book format were now all revealed to me. So I trusted, took a leap of faith and last year walked on the path of self-publishing these precious books called The Rainbow Inspired Verse Collection. Moments in Time, are they yours, are they mine? by Ceran.
Time and time again, people are quite amazed when they choose a book they ‘feel drawn to’, turn the pages to a verse which ‘jumps out at them’ and recognise it reflecting exactly a situation or emotion they personally relate to. They are also quite surprised by the emotional realisation, release and reaction often experienced.
If recently you have been calling out for answers, guidance, support or help in some way… Silently ask your question…
choose your book and let the pages fall open where they may. Feel your heart and soul’s response. Reflect on the Angel’s spiritual wisdom in the verses. Be inspired, and embrace their reply with gratitude.
with love and Angel blessings, Ceran.
T: 07508 835406
Thank you to Ceran for sharing her journey – the BCMA encompass a wide range of therapies under our umbrella from bodywork to healing, some of them well known some are unique to the registered practitioner find out more – visit our website to find information on a therapy, a practitioner in your area or if you are a practitioner find out how you can join us.
Long time BCMA member Staś Bernasiński has a natural affinity with bodywork. He holds distinctions in Therapeutic and Advanced Massage from the Natural Healing Centre in Cork, he is a certified sports injury therapist and a qualified Neuromuscular Therapist (NMT). Continuing professional development keeps his thirst and knowledge for bodywork prime and has taken him to many fascinating seminars, workshops and courses including Advanced Orthopaedic Massage, NeuroKinetic Therapy®, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation and more. Staś (pronounced Stash, rhymes with dash), who came to Cork in 2002, is British-born and of Polish extraction. He speaks both English and Polish natively. he works at Remedy Massage in Cork.
Remedy Massage specialises in therapeutic massage, remedial massage and neuromuscular physical therapy, combining massage and advanced manual therapy for effective pain care, rehabilitation and soft tissue health. Therapeutic massage is perfect for relaxation and letting go of tension. Remedial massage and physical therapy benefit a wide range of common injuries and pain conditions, long-term or recent. Visit us at our clinic or let us call to you. Treatments are always tailored to your needs.
Visit his website http://remedymassage.ie/
Nurturing Your Unique Brand – Wellbeing for the self employed and business owners
Valerie has worked in a number of fields: financial services and project management before starting her career as a self employed. Having made several career changes, Valerie has learnt to raise her own self awareness so as to make each career transition, a journey worth making. She worked for a number of years with business owners to grow and consolidate their businesses. She then joined a Pan African Trust to help beneficiaries carry out the projects that received funding from her employer.
Having to travel and work with people of different cultural and professional backgrounds, Valerie has learnt to look after her own wellbeing. She used her self help Reiki techniques as well as meditated regularly. She started her training as a Law of Attraction Practitioner so that she can use it to achieve her own personal goals. She is used to push the boundaries of her comfort zone and adjust to different cultural norms. She is now a Reiki teacher based on Eastern Principles ( Komyo Reiki Kai)
From Valerie’s personal perspective, wellbeing encompasses many aspects – managing change and befriending your worries, time management and learning new tools such as financial planning are all essential to building your resilience when you are self employed or running a business.
Self employment can be a daunting project. Deciding on how to market your services, what prices would you be charging, how to work out how much you need financially to run your business, how to define your Unique Selling Points (USP) and use it to raise your visibility.
Valerie is now using her work experience to coach and mentor her clients who are looking to start their own business or grow their existing business or run their charities. She provides them support to improve their managerial skills, grow their comfort zone as well as their financial literacy. An understanding of financial planning is important for the personal wellbeing of the business owner or founder as finances is part of the lifeline for your self employment or organisation to be successful.
Valerie is a member of the International Coaching Federation and has a certificate in Professional Coaching. She is also a Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioner and has received training in Coaching for Conflict Resolution. Find out more about Valerie and her work
Would you like to be a BCMA Featured Member? or find out more about the BCMA? contact Tracy at the BCMA Office
The BCMA announced the launch of the BCMA Guides, at our first ever Road Show on 18th May 2013, one of which I have helped to compile ‘The BCMA Guide to Finding a Therapist’ one of 4 guides released as either an online download or in paper format for a very low fee.
‘BCMA Guide to setting up a Therapy Organisation’
‘BCMA Guide to setting up a Therapy School’
‘BCMA Guide to setting up a Therapy Clinic’
These are available for pay per download from the BCMA website at a cost of £2.50*, a paper copy will be available in the future in A5 booklet form at a premium price, Please contact the BCMA office for further details.
*£2.50 is the BCMA member’s price, non members will be asked to pay £5 but the difference will be refunded against future membership.
Which title would you be interested in? Are there any titles you would like to see added?
Tracy Smith BCMA Administrator
“Blown away today to watch a baby turn itself from breech to cephalic during myofascial release work at an awesome School of Bodywork study day. The mother was so much more comfortable after the baby turned and grinned from ear to ear.
It was so gentle and permissive. Truly the baby chose to turn. Somehow the therapist merely held the space which enabled this. The change in the mother’s demeanour was profound from tense and experiencing chronic pain since 11/40 to smiling happy and comfortable. She told us the baby was moving big movements about 10 minutes into the treatment. The therapist’s hands were still. We could easily see the baby’s movements and all of us noticed the changed shape of her belly after the Release. She was kind enough to let me palpate afterwards, already convinced her belly felt quite different at the top. It looked so gentle and led by the baby. I was in awe and still am. More workshops may follow.”
The above account was written by Liz Nightingale an extremely well regarded independent midwife of 13 years.
On the 8th of August I, Emma Gilmore Director of School of Bodywork was kindly invited to Oxfordshire to teach 13 chiropractors and one midwife some incredibly effective myofascial release techniques, to free up restrictions in the pelvic diaphragm and abdomopelvic cavity which allows breech or posterior babies to turn. After settling into the space and getting over my fascination at the tiny chiropractic couches we settled into what was to become a very moving day.
The course entitled Pelvic Diaphragm Release is a one day course and in the past has been attended by midwives, physiotherapists, massage therapists, doulas or partners. So working with chiropractors was new to me.
After an introduction to fascia and an exercise to tune the therapists into the subtle yet profound touch of the myofascial techniques, I went on to teach the “workhorse” of MFR, the Cross Hand Release, a gentle, flat handed technique where the therapist contacts the patient’s body and feels for the first restriction or barrier. With light, sustained, yet constant pressure applied into the patient’s body, the trained therapist will begin to feel the restrictions release, working through barrier after barrier, releasing layers of restriction within the fascial system. This subtle yet profound work created a great atmosphere in the room and there was great focus amongst the students; everyone truly understood the essence of this work.
After lunch Geri a 34 week pregnant patient of a chiropractor present joined us, she had been in a lot of discomfort since week 11 of her pregnancy, she had numbness and pain down her left leg, and had been walking on crutches, she did not look 34 weeks pregnant. Her baby boy was in breech position. She looked exhausted and in pain, although had a charming disposition. She climbed awkwardly and tentatively onto the couch with the help of a foot stool and lay in a supine position. I ensured she was as comfortable as possible and explained briefly what I was going to do, she seemed very happy. While I worked with Transverse plane technique; which frees up restrictions within the pelvic diaphragm; Geri talked about some of the difficulties of her pregnancy, her baby was almost never still (as he was constantly trying to get in a more comfortable positon for both of them). As I worked I felt her sacrum soften and “drop” into my hand, allowing space into her body, I continued for several minutes more, tuning into what the baby and mother needed, we both felt further restrictions on the left of the abdomopelvic cavity, so after gently removing my hands from the original position I worked here with a Cross Hand Release, after a few more minutes of this technique there was a terrific movement and Gerri looked almost shocked as the bay repositioned himself in a cephalic position, it was clear that my work was done. So I invited Liz to palpate…….the baby had turned itself cephalic, Geri got off the couch saying how different she felt, the baby had dropped and she now looked like a pregnant woman, she then walked without crutches.
These techniques are a MUST for all midwives and bodywork therapists working with pregnant women.
Next course: Tuesday November 25th 2014
Pelvic Diaphragm Releases: Incredibly effective myofascial release techniques, to release restrictions and allow breech or posterior babies to turn. Invaluable techniques for midwives, massage therapists, doulas or partners. £95
7 CPD points awarded by APNT