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“If there is light in the soul, there is beauty in the person”

Chinese proverb

Revitalising on the outside, balancing on the inside, oriental facial therapy aims to rejuvenate the skin whilst enhancing overall health, wellbeing and relaxation - all in one session!

Facial therapy has been popular in the east for thousands of years. Oriental facial methods, techniques and instruments are based on TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and therefore have therapeutic benefits as well more refreshed and healthier looking skin.

Traditional techniques include facial acupuncture, facial cupping, facial gua sha and jade roller to revitalise your skin naturally, and to relax mind and body. 

ORIENTAL FACIAL THERAPY

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WHAT IS FACIAL ACUPUNCTURE?

A relatively new innovation in the UK – the Chinese have been using acupuncture for facial revitalisation for thousands of years since practices were employed for the Empress and the Emperor's concubines. 

Facial acupuncture (also referred to as facial revitalisation, rejuvenation, cosmetic & natural facelift acupuncture) offers a non-surgical, chemical-free route to healthier and better looking skin by boosting circulation of oxygen, blood and nutrients, activating detoxification processes and lymphatic drainage, and releasing tight muscles. Ultra fine needles are inserted to stimulate a healing response and skin cell renewal, resulting in a more radiant appearance and healthier looking skin.

My needle technique is very gentle and I use the finest Japanese needles and purely natural organic skincare products to minimise any discomfort and post treatment marks. Please be aware, occasionally slight bruising can occur due to the delicate nature of the facial skin, it may be worth considering this before an important occasion.

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WHAT IS FACIAL CUPPING / GUA SHA / JADE ROLLER?

Cupping is an age-old health practice that uses gentle suction cups on the skin for various health issues. Facial cupping is simply an adaptation of traditional body cupping techniques. It’s used on the face  to stimulate circulation, reduce puffiness, and sculpt the deeper tissues of the face for a healthy, lifted glow.

Facial oil is applied and the cups are moved across the face following meridian lines and natural lymphatic pathways. Great for fresh nourishng blood flow, contouring, reducing puffiness and lip plumping. 

Gua sha is an ancient Chinese technique that involves using a flat tool to stimulate the skin and underlying tissue. Gua sha tools are usually made of stone like jade or rose quartz. Great for releasing tension, lifting, circulation and puffiness. 

Face rollers are generally a soothing treatment that can reduce puffiness and stimulate blood flow. Face rolling is a great for product penetration, soothing the skin, and feels lovely! 

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EASE TENSION AND STRESS

The face is an incredibly hard working part of our body, constantly giving and receiving information, housing all of our senses, as well as expressing (or supressing) thoughts and feelings.

 

When our minds are affected by stress, it clearly shows on our faces. Our facial muscles  tighten, constricting blood vessels, limiting the flow of blood and nutrients; resulting not only in skin imbalances, congestion, premature aging and tired looking skin, but can also contribute to painful conditions such as headaches, sinusitis and jaw pain.

Taking some time to deeply relax your face, will not only help relax tense muscles, improve circulation and release stress; but can help smooth emotions and soothe the mind. With a calm mind, stress seems more manageable and when stress is resolved from the inside, it's soon reflected in the face on the outside.

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TRAINING & EXPERTISE

I am trained in Virginia Doran's Facial Rejuvenation Massage and Acupuncture programme, which is highly regarded worldwide in terms of effectiveness and thoroughness of training. For many years I organised her workshops in the UK and assisted with the teaching. 

 

I've completed training in oriental facial therapy including facial cupping, gua sha, jade roller and acupressure at the College of Oriental Therapy in London, and I studied Ayurvedic health and beauty in Kerala, India.

I've practised facial acupuncture and therapy for 15+ years, and have facilitated natural face care sessions at various wellbeing retreats. I volunteer at the Survivors Network offering monthly mindful facial group sessions with women and girls who have experienced sexual violence. 

The mind-body connection couldn't be clearer than on our faces, and I deeply believe that by caring for our faces with natural kindness we send ourselves messages of self love that travel way beyond the surface of the skin to our tissues, to our very bones, and to the subtle realms of the psyche.

TREATMENTS

All sessions begin with the following;

Discussion of general health, skin type and issues

Initial cleanse with organic oil and helichrysum water 

 

ORIENTAL FACIAL THERAPY + BODY ACUPUNCTURE

 

60 mins - £80

 Effectively address overall wellbeing and underlying imbalance while rejuvenating your face with oriental facial therapies.

Session includes;

Traditional body acupuncture

Facial gua sha, cupping, jade roller and acupressure during relaxation time

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FACIAL ACUPUNCTURE PROTOCOL

90 mins - £110

The full facial acupuncture treatment protocol for deeper and longer lasting effect includes; 

 

Gentle insertion of acupuncture and intradermal needles in ears, body, head and face

Relaxation time while needles do their work 

Removal of needles

Further cleanse with helichrysum hydrosol

Spritz of rose water or matcha green tea refresher

Application of handmade high quality facial oil blend, acupressure massage and jade roller

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ORIENTAL FACIAL THERAPIES + FACIAL ACUPUNCTURE PROTOCOL

120 mins - £145

The full everything! Body acupuncture, oriental facial therapies, and the facial acupuncture protocol

 

Traditional body acupuncture

Facial gua sha, cupping, jade roller and acupressure during relaxation time

Gentle insertion of acupuncture and intradermal needles in ears, head and face

Relaxation time while needles do their work 

Removal of needles

Further cleanse with helichrysum hydrosol

Spritz of rose water or matcha green tea refresher

Application of handmade high quality facial oil blend, acupressure massage and jade roller

All products and tools used are safe, natural, chemical free, cruelty free and sustainable, ensuring your facial causes no trouble to your skin, the planet or any of our fellow earthlings. Products are selected according to their benefit to the skin and overall therapeutic value.

**Please note: full facial acupuncture is not suitable for pregnant women, people with high blood pressure, pituitary disorders, diabetics, people with an active cold, flu or herpes outbreak or people that have had an invasive type of facial procedure (e.g. botox, surgical facelifts etc) within the past 6 months. 

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