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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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
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Complementary Therapies for Horses, Humans and Canines
Stef has always had a passion for working with animals and spent several years researching the most appropriate Complementary Therapy courses to enable her to make the step change to becoming a self-employed therapist. Stef completed an Equine Sports Massage ITEC Diploma with Mary Bromiley in 2007, after first completing an ITEC Diploma in Human Massage with Bodybasics in Stratford . During the same period she was also busy studying for a MSc. In McTimoney Animal Manipulation, from which she graduated in December 2008. Following this, Stef has added a number of additional tools to her portfolio, including Deep Oscillation® Massage, Omega Low Level Laser and ArcEquine Therapy.
Although Stef had never seriously considered working as a human therapist, she thoroughly enjoyed the ITEC Human Massage course and, as a result, has a number of people with horse riding and other sports related injuries on her varied list of clients. To complete her portfolio, Stef launched Equipoise Equine Gait and Rider Position Analysis in March 2013. This analysis is aimed at identifying gait asymmetries in the horse and assessing the rider’s balance using high-speed video work (up to 300 frames / second) and special gait analysis measurement software from Quintic Sports Consultancy. When Stef is not busy working, she likes to spend time with her “horse widower” husband and her own horse Mr G. She also enjoys a number of outdoor pursuits including mountaineering and running, having completed the Berlin marathon in 2013.
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