The 12 morning massages of Dien Chan first caught my attention when I was in the process of revamping my service menu a few years ago and doing research on facials with different massage techniques .
Face massage is great for increased blood circulation and lymphatic drainage. Most people don’t get a face massage often enough. We usually wait until we get a professional treatment to really get our face massaged but I recommend doing it at home daily.
Besides the beauty benefits of face massage there can also be health benefits. All you need is a few minutes each morning to re-balance the body, help prevent illness and give your skin a brighter more youthful look. You can achieve this by starting a daily practice of the 12 morning massages of Dien Chan.
A little background on Dien Chan:
'Dien Chan' is a form of reflexology. Reflexology implies that by stimulating one part of the body, another part of the body is rebalanced. More precisely, when the skin (a major sense organ) is stimulated according to established maps which reflect all the organs of the body, the nervous system (central, then peripheral) responds to reach the targeted organ or area.
Dien Chan or 'Vietnamese Facial Reflexology' is the youngest of the reflexologies.
It was established by Professor Bui Quoch Chau who worked with a group of acupuncturists to experiment, create and code a therapeutic possibility. Dien Chan puts the face at the center of everything through massage, stimulation and knowledge of vital points.
What are the 12 morning massages?
These are simple face massage techniques that anyone can do to improve and maintain health and youth, prevent illness and generally reinforce tonicity.
Each of the 12 massages corresponds with different organs and parts of the body and has potential to support the treatment of different conditions. For example Massage #3 supports the heart and the brain and is good for the skin and can help alleviate fatigue, and massage #12 corresponds to the throat and stomach and can help lubricate the joints as well as help the skin.
Think of the massages as a preventative measure and also a daily rejuvenating ritual. I challenge you to start this self-care practice every morning and see how you feel and look after a few weeks. It’s a great way to start your day and it’s easier than you think.
How do I perform the 12 Morning Massages?
There is a website and video link below on exactly how to perform the massages. They are not difficult but take a little practice. I had to do them a few times before I remembered them all. I recommend bookmarking the video on your phone and use it as a visual guide at first. This really helped me learn them quickly.
The 12 massages should be done between 15-30 times each. The important thing is not the amount of time devoted to each massage but whether you feel warm as a result. This will vary with each person.
It is important to practice the massages on a daily basis, listen to your body and be aware of it’s response.
Why morning, why can’t I do them at night?
It’s recommended to do the massages in the morning because some of them may interfere slightly with sleep. However here are a couple of easy massages to try at night:
Brush your hair with your fingers from the forehead to the back of the neck. (repeat this 30 times) This soft massage has a relaxing effect on the nervous system and may help against insomnia.
Rub the soles of your feet energetically until they warm up. Then, massage the feet, one on top of the upper part of the other, until they become hot. This is an ideal massage for relaxation and for refreshing rest.
What if I don’t have time to do all 12 massages each morning? You can pick and choose which massages to do as they apply to you or you can do all 12 massages each day. If you have a very limited amount of time in the morning the two main massages to focus on are #7 and #12. These two massages are complementary to each other and rebalance the body after waking up.
Learn the 12 Morning Massages of Dien Chan:
An in-depth explanation of each massage can be found here:
Short video of all 12 massages:
This is not medical advice. Always consult a medical professional or physician for any health issues you are experiencing.