In the Argentine Andes
In 1988 Lone closed her Institute in Copenhagen and travelled with her two children to Argentina. In the new country Lone settled near Bahia Blanca. At the beginning she did not speak Spanish and lived on top of a hill outside the main city, so she had few occasions to contact local people, the more so that nobody knew about reflexology. During this difficult period the first patient was a man collecting donations for the local community. Lone noticed a wound on his leg which could not heal for 30 years. Lone proposed him a therapy. 10 treatments were sufficient to heal the wound. The man visited neighbours and everybody noticed that the ulcer disappeared. The news spread throughout the countryside, and Lone had a lot of work again. Another man had liver cancer. When his condition improved as a result of therapy, Lone had hundreds of patients. After six months in Argentina she had 120 patients each week, working every day from the early morning till late night. There were queues of patients waiting on the slope of the hill when she lived. After next two months Lone already had her first students who started to help her in her work.
Soon Lone travelled to Copahue volcanic baths known for therapeutic effects. At that time Lone had allergy and a visit in Copahue was recommended by a doctor. In fact, treatments in one of the baths gave immediate relief. However, the visit had also an unexpected consequence. Near the hot baths, in the valley, Lone noticed Indian tents. Firstly she thought that filmmakers work there and tents are part of scenography. It turned out these were nomadic Pehuenche Indians. Lone was determined to know them. Despite warnings that they do not speak Spanish and do not have contacts with foreigners, Lone took a risk. She was astonished by what she saw in the Pehuenche camp. She noticed an elderly woman making a treatment on a face of a young girl. She noticed it was not a massage, but a precise reflex therapy. At first Lone watched the treatment from a distance, and later on, after exchange of smiles, she could come closer. The next day she could even sat next to the Indian therapist. Lone drew maps and took notes. Among the Pehuenche Indians, elderly women regularly work on faces of younger women, particularly adolescent girls. Men underwent therapy less frequently, when they had symptoms of a disease.
Lone’s trip to Copahue proved to be a breaktrough. Some time earlier Lone had a 23-year-old patient, a young lady who had her brain damaged in a car accident 3 years before. Due to spasticity she did not walk and could not look dress and eat independently. At the beginning Lone did not want to start therapy as she felt she could not help the patient. When the lady insisted, she agreed to start work, but without payment. 8 classic foot reflexology treatments gave no bigger effect. When she came back from Copahue, Lone proposed the lady a face treatment. After 10 minutes both of them were shocked. The whole body of the patient relaxed. Lone saw such reaction for the first time in her life. The truth is the spasticity came back after the first treatment, but Lone knew how to work. Since then she made treatments 3 times a week (work on feet, face, stimulation of acupuncture points, cranial lines and points). This was the very beginning of Sorensensistem neuro reflex therapy. After one year of therapy Suzana (this was the patient’s name), was in a very good condition. Only her left arm was a little bit stiff. Suzana not only came back to life, but also became Lone’s secretary. The end of their cooperation was only when Lone left Argentina. However, let’s not anticipate the future events.
With Vietnamese people in Cuba
Restoring Suzana’s health echoed in the entire region and hundreds of disabled people came with damaged CNS, Multiple Sclerosis, spina bifida, genetic syndromes. Lone created a new, 3-floor institute. She had several assistants and hundreds of students. However, Lone still continued to research methods useful in therapy. Her patients included people rehabilitated in Cuba, who proved the efficiency of Cuban rehabilitation system. Lone decided to visit this communist country. In spite of obstacles, she came there and observed how intensively therapists there work with patients. It established her belief that the secret of therapy in brain and spinal cord damages is the frequency of stimulation of the Central Nervous System. In 1989 in Cuba, Lone met Vietnamese doctors who applied Dien Cham therapy (cybernetic method) unknown then in the West. They punctured points in the face with needles. These were not, however, classic acupuncture points. Due to lack of language communication, Lone did not learn a lot after this first stay. She came back to Cuba one year later. Only thanks to Argentinean Dr. Caballo, who had brought acupuncture to Cuba in the sixties, she could learn the cybernetic method. Through Dr. Caballo, Lone accessed maps described in French. She realized that Vietnamese doctors work on points which stimulate not meridians, but the Central Nervous System. Back in Argentina, Lone used some neurological points of the Dien Cham method in a therapy of a paralyzed girl, fed intravenously. Lone worked with her every day. After three weeks the patient could digest food herself. This was the beginning of the current facial reflexology.
Lone came back with a translator to the Pehuenche tribe and was even invited to spend several days there. She learned that elderly women passed knowledge about therapy to the younger generation. The oldest therapist was allegedly 115. In spite of their old age, difficult living conditions in high mountains, women had smooth skin. They explained that they use a natural oil of Andean roses among others for facial treatments. Due to good language communication, Lone could be sure about the technique of work on the face. At some point she realized, however, that she cannot learn more from the Indians, as Indian therapists did not know anatomy or physiology.
Lone decided to “use” particularly sensitive patients to describe the map, as some of them immediately feel stimulation of respective reflex zones in their bodies. After scuh experiments she had no more doubts. The Indian map is the most recognized SorensensistemTM logo and serves among others the reflexological diagnosis developed by Lone, aimed at searching and assessing subcutaneous deposits. Only in Lone’s method the size of subcutaneous deposits is classified (from 1 to 5) and the individual therapy programme in causal treatment depends on it.
Further works over the Vietnamese method caused Lone to change the original work technique. Please note that the cybernetic method has been used in Vietnam for ages by Vietnamese doctors and healers. They developed thousands of formulas of symptomatic treatment: if you have a headache, press the following points, in the case of knee pain – the following, etc. They also recommended patients to stimulate certain points or zones in the form of self-therapy. It is similar to the use of pharmaceutics: use certain points for certain diseases. Lone always searched for the methods that made it possible to have effect on the reasons of illnesses, and at the same time without slavish dependence on complicated procedures. Instead of using full point formulas for defined diseases, Lone developed her own procedure focusing on stimulation of respective organs. She assures that comparison of both techniques involved in full procedure of facial treatments in groups of 20 patients demonstrated a much bigger effectiveness of her manner of stimulation of neurological points. An additional benefit is that a therapist does not need many maps and notes. Lone focuses on association, and not memorizing of hundreds of combinations of points.
Bahia Blanca, Buenos Aires – test bed for a therapist
At the beginning of the nineties, Lone already managed in Argentina a 6-storey clinic with 6 assistants and one thousand patients per month. The assistants „prepared” a patient with basic treatment, and Lone herself used additional techniques for 20 minutes more. Soon she created another institute and school in Buenos Aires. Lone says her work in Argentina was a test bed for a therapist. She conducted research programmes there based on work with groups of 30 Down’s syndrome children, 30 children with spina bifida, 200 women with breast cancer, numerous groups of people with Parkinson’s disease, dementia, etc. At nights Lone collected observations and developed therapeutic procedures.
During a dozen years of her work in Argentina, undeniably Lone gathered the broadest experience in application of facial reflex therapy. Nobody else has ever conducted such research work. She developed therapy of cancers, allergies, kidney diseases, etc. Life forced her to create new forms of works with patients, unknown previously. As she could not work personally with patients travelling long distances to her clinic, she had an idea of teaching their families. This was the start of Temprana Therapy and training courses for parents of disabled children.
Apart from face reflexology, in her work with the disabled applied also hand and foot neurological reflex therapies. When she moved from Bahia Blanca to Buenos Aires, Lone studied traditional Far East medicine at University there. She was most fascinated by Tibetan medicine, in which less attention was given to the system of meridians, and more attention was focused on work with the nervous system. From so-called Black Hat School, she took the colour system which systematizes her therapy. Only in Lone Sorensen’s method the work on receptors of spinal and cranial nerves and on receptor of particular brain structures is so precise. From Korean medicine Lone took bases to develop hand neuro reflex therapy, a method very quickly killing pain and removing inflammations.
At the end of Lone’s stay in Argentina, 80 percent of therapies carried out in the Institute were facial reflexology treatments. The other were hand and foot neuro reflex therapies. As underlined by Lone herself, work on face is particularly important because it is next to the brain. Classic foot reflexology to a bigger extent stimulates the circulatory system. During her stay in Argentina, Lone started cooperation with doctors who research relations between meridians and the nervous system.
After 13 years of work in Argentina, Lone had therapeutic successes and renown. She educated 2500 therapists in a country where before her arrival nobody ever heard about reflexology. At the end of the nineties her schools operated in: Buenos Aires, Bahia Blanca and Mar del Plata. Lone gave interviews in national media. She was recognized on the street. She received 3 titles of honour from OMHS organization for therapeutic achievements and development of reflexology in Argentina.
Copenhagen, Barcelona, Warsaw, Muscat, Tokyo, Seattle…
In 2000, Lone came back with her three children to Denmark. She was surprised to realize that nobody in Europe worked just as she did. In 2000, Marie France Muller described in a do-it-yourself manual the bases of the Vietnamese cybernetic method, calling it „Facial Reflexology. A Self Care Manual”, but it has nothing to do with Lone’s method, and the more so her experience. In 2001, the Danish therapist moved to Spain and opened the International Institute of Reflexology Face/Foot. She started to popularized her method in Europe and all over the world. In 2002, she published „Facial Reflexology”, where she described the procedure of facial neuro reflex therapy. Especially facial reflexology and Temprana Therapy courses are very popular in Scandinavia, USA, Japan. Lone gatheres there groups of nearly 100 people. Recently, she has been more and more frequently invited to Arab countries, such as Oman. The beginning of SorensensistemTM in Poland date back to 2005. Lone’s method was imported to Poland by Beata Sekuła, who at the beginning of her activity rendered great services to popularization of SorensensistemTM face reflexology. Since July 2012, B. Sekuła has not been a SorensensistemTM instructor. Currently there are 3 instructors active in Poland (Robert Przybyś, Joanna Szczypek, Jarosław Sawa).
Lone Sorensen’s Institute in Barcelona comprises three departments:
Basic – neuro reflex therapy for face, hands and feet (Praxis Vertebralis), classic foot reflexology TCM, Tibetan neck and head reflexology, etc.
Rehabilitation – Temprana Therapy (rehabilitation of neurological and genetic disorders).
Aesthetic – the newest one; based on elements of face reflexology, Lone created Cosmofacial and Japanese Cosmolifting; intended as additional techniques for those who want to be professionals in aesthetic treatments.
SorensensistemTM – is a method recognized on 5 continents, in more than 20 countries. The number of trained therapists is almost 10000. Among them, there are more than 60 licensed instructors. Some of them (among them Robert Przybyś) are the closets assistants to Lone, who suport her in her therapeutic and educational project all over the world.
Lone Sorensen Story by Graham SluterMAR, ITEC(dIP), MCThA