I am about to let you in on a big secret. It’s my favorite tool that I use in the treatment room… and you’re about to be privy to it!


A few weeks ago a patient walked into my office and she sat down for a first consultation. I listened to her concerns and all the things that she had done to address them so far. She was articulate and smart. She finished and looked at me, ready for my assessment.


I started in an unexpected place.


“So, you have a bit of an issue with control and your standards are usually hard to meet. Is that true?”


She gave me a slight head nod, so I continued.


“Do you tend to have all of your socks folded and organized by color and all of your clothes organized in your closet so that anyone could find anything?”


She started looking confused, nodded again and I went on.


“Do you love fine art and wide open space?”


She nodded again and asked: “But how do you know those things about me?”


I told her that I could read it in her face which was met with disbelief and more questions. I explained to her that there is an area of study called Face Reading in Chinese medicine. I was introduced to this by the world’s best face reader, Lillian Bridges. I met her in 2008 or 2009 in Rothenburg, Germany at a conference. I attended her class and have been attending every one that has been available to me ever since. It has helped me majorly to create great patient relationships over the years. It taught me to read people in a way that makes them feel understood and ready to share, without holding back.


[tweet_dis]If I already know who you are, you don’t need to hide or pretend.[/tweet_dis] 


Face Reading uses a few different systems to interpret the face. One of the systems that I use the most is the 5 element system. Each element in Chinese medicine (Earth, Fire, Wood, Metal, Water) has facial features that correspond to it. The stronger the facial features of an element, the greater the possibility that the person has a personality to match that element.


My patient above had a thin, large compared to the rest of her face, nose. It was her primary feature and the first thing you noticed when you looked at her. The addition of her pale complexion lead me to guess that Metal was her primary element. Metal folk are perfect organizers and notice aesthetics more than the rest of us. They prefer open space to crowded rooms. They have high expectations of themselves and others and always deliver what they promise.


This is one of my favorite things to share with patients because it’s so fascinating and so on point. It also really breaks down the barrier between us as soon as possible. This allows us to get to the heart of the matter much faster than we would otherwise. Getting to the heart of the matter faster allows you to get healthier faster and understand yourself better too! It’s a win-win-win!


So, if you’ve been in my office and I knew something about you before I should have – now you know how 😉