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The Zone Face Lift

A spring beauty pick-me-up, the Zone Face Lift is a totally non-invasive procedure. That's right, no injections, no fillers and no pain. Muddy takes one for the team and tries it out.

I don’t know much about facials and I don’t know much about reflexology but anything that promises to take off 10 years in 12 weeks has got my attention.

Karen Joseph has been practisicing reflexology for quite a few years. She has trained with ‘facial reflexologist to the stars’ Ziggie Bergmann who pioneered the Zone Face Lift (ZFL) and is widely regarded as the UK’s leading facial reflexologist and holistic beauty expert. Karen has now bought what she learned over in London, to the heart of Leicestershire.
The treatment focuses on the holistic benefits, crystals and visualisations which bring a spiritual element all of which ultimately leads to you feeling better and therefore looking better.
Karen is so so so passionate about this – you can tell once she starts talking. She believes there is a lot to be said for human touch and she predominantly does the work, not a machine.
So what the bejesus is facial reflexology? Well, it’s like normal reflexology but for the face and uses the same principles as ‘foot’ reflexology, so points on your face are connected to areas on your body. Stimulating these points helps your body rebalance, eliminate toxins, smooth, tighten and lift the face to leave you with a glow and feeling completely relaxed. If that wasn’t enough, it’s also good for reducing the symptoms of nasties like IBS, stress, sleep disorders and hormone imbalances. The cynic in me says it sounds too good to be true, but let’s find out.

Based in a bright and airy pop-up studio at The Manor, it’s a picture perfect spot in rural Leicestershire, in the pretty village of Tur Langton.

The room of her reflex space was in pristine condition and neatly laid out beside the bed was a variety of Neals Yard creams, oils, lotions and some organic products. I also spotted a few facial ‘tools’ including bumpy rollers, rollers with needles (luckily I didn’t need any of these) and a funny looking jade stone. Turns out this jade stone is actually a massaging tool called a ‘Gua Sha.’

Karen started by using a cooling gel, heated towels and for the next hour and half she swept, stroked, gently prodded and used pressure points on my face in an effort to lift, smooth and get rid of toxins. My favourite part of the facial was when she used the jade Gua Sha tool. She used it on under my cheek bones and it felt like a yoga for the face. The aim is to encourage circulation and removes toxins from the skin to clear the complexion leaving a healthy glow.


It was the most relaxed I’d felt in a long time and when we were finished, I struggled to get up – I felt a little light headed but this only lasted a few seconds. I threw off the towel and caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror. I didn’t look any younger but my skin was glowing and definitely looked a little more plump and fuller.

It’s a brilliant way to treat yourself safe in the knowledge that you’re in great hands, helping your circulation and getting a unique and safe facial treatment to help give it back its glow and get you boosted for spring!

For best results, Karen suggests booking a course of treatments. It’s cheaper than Botox (and probably more effective with no nasty side effects) totally relaxing and while Ziggie charges £165 for an hour, Karen offers it at a reasonable £65 and Muddy readers get to enjoy a special offer – see below!

She’s the only reflexologist who offers the treatment in Leicestershire and I expect once word gets out, her phone will be ringing off the hook.

Karen is offering all Muddy readers three treatments for £150, normally £195 until 1st of June. Quote ‘Muddy Stilettos’ when making a booking. A full treatment lasts 1.5 hours.

Karen Joseph Reflexology. The Manor, Main Street, Tur Langton, Leicester LE8 0PJ

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