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Thinking Outside the Botox

Posted by Tanya on February 26, 2014 at 1:20 AM Comments comments (0)

 


Spas, Dentist and Doctors’ offices are inundated with offers that promise to beautify and bloom up your cheeks, reduce the appearance of lines, and smooth out tired skin.

 

Few are regarded as “natural” and fewer considered holistic and gentle. Botox injections and fillers use various forms of the “botulinum toxin” to temporarily paralyze muscle activity; most clients are unaware of the bruising, inflammation and weeks of tenderness that can result.

 

A recent study lead by Dr Michael Lewis of the School of Psychology, Cardiff, Wales examined the idea of facial feedback on 25 people who had regular Botox injections. His findings presented: “People who became less happy because their “smiling faces” were less “smiley” than before, thus affecting how they see the world.”

 



What does your Face Reveal about your Health?

 

Have you considered using your constitution to aid in healing lines – using treatment that builds upon itself but also addresses the underlying internal cause of dull, slack skin?

 

Chinese medicine believes that the face reflects both the body’s overall health and quality of Spirit. Your forehead, nose, chin, right and left cheek: each of these five facial zones gives you a clue to what is happening inside of your body.

 

Your Forehead: Corresponds to the element of fire. Associated with the heart and small intestine organ network, as well as the mind and spirit.

 

Your Nose: The element of earth, indicating a connection to the stomach, spleen and pancreas, as well as worry and stress.

 

Your Chin: Related to the water element, which is internally connected to your kidney and bladder organ network, including the hormonal system and glands.

 

Your Right Cheek: Associated with the metal element, meaning your lung and large intestine network, including repressed sadness or holding on to ones past.

 

Your Left Cheek: Connected to the element of wood, or the liver-gallbladder network. Problems with this part of the face may also reveal emotional issues, such as anger or depression, since the liver and gallbladder network includes the nervous system.

 



What is a Constitutional Facial Acupuncture Treatment?

 

“A beautiful face is clear, allowing the spirit to shine through,” says Mary Elizabeth Wakefield, champion and teacher of constitutional facial acupuncture protocol in New York, NY – “The system is based on Oriental Medicine, acupuncture with resonance.”

 

Constitutional acupuncture facial renewal will offer a safe, effective option to those who seek the benefits of reduced aging in the face and neck where fine lines and sagging skin are erased, deeper lines and muscles are naturally uplifted and minimized and skin radiance/facial tone are enhanced.

 


How does this work?

 

Constitutional facial acupuncture is a combination of acupuncture and an organic process that includes Chinese herbal masks, jade rollers and moisturizers.

 

Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine needles into muscles, acupuncture points and facial lines to stimulate circulation and move Qi (energy). This enhances the blood flow to the area, transporting nutrients and oxygen to these cells.

 

The body interprets the needles insertion as “positive injury”, a micro-trauma which turn stimulates collagen and elastin production. As the face is nourished, the muscles tighten, the body reabsorbs the signs of aging, the face lifts itself, becomes more vibrant and your Spirit is greatly improved.

 



What is Microcurrent/Facial Rejuvenation?

 

A safe, non-needle, therapeutic electrical current used to facelifts and promote improved health. A more youthful appearance is created through facial muscle rehabilitation, enhanced tissue healing and energy balancing.

 


How does this work?

 

Microcurrent facial rejuvenation is a combination of microcurrent stimulation, herbal masks, essential oils, diets and lifestyle advice, body and ear acupuncture.

 

Local therapeutic electrical stimulation creates a current of energy that carries messages to recovering tissue cells to direct healing. It takes several days for tissue cells to decode messages and begin regeneration of collagen and elastin and for muscle balancing to occur.

 

You may notice an improved shine, or Shen (Spirit), an uplifted feeling as well as a smoothing of wrinkles and a sense of well-being.

 


Recommended Treatment?

 

Your first visit includes both a consultation to develop a customized treatment plan specifically for you, including your first facial treatment.

 

Generally 12 visits are recommended (at a price of $150 per session), coming twice per week. Thereafter we will revisit your goals and provide tune-up treatment on a bi-weekly to monthly maintenance schedule.

 


Tight Budget?

 

Since pregnancy and into my mid-thirties, I’ve discovered a lot of blackheads appearing over the bridge of my nose, chin and cheeks. After trying many facials and expensive techniques, I have a wonderful blog post on how to naturally remove blackheads – ladies it truly works!


http://www.fireacupuncture.com/apps/blog/show/15923088-naturally-remove-your-blackheads




Naturally Remove your Blackheads

Posted by Tanya on June 8, 2012 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (4)


Since pregnancy and into my 30s (shhhhh..its just our little secret), I've discovered quite a few more blackheads appearing over the bridge of the nose, chin and cheeks. After trying many pricey facials, I've decided try a home remedy that is natural and truly works:

Here's what you'll need:

  • 2 cups of water
  • 5-8 drops of Lavender Oil
  • Handful of Basil (Fresh or Dried)
  • Baking Soda

Here's what you'll need to do:

  • Step 1: Take 2 cups of water, Lavender oil, and basil, and pop them into a pot on the stove
  • Step 2: Turn stove on to medium and bring the mixture to a boil for 5-6 minutes
  • Step 3: Once mixture has boiled, pull off burner and pour into a bowl
  • Step 4: Pull back your hair (I usually use a bandanna, or head band), then place face over bowl letting the steam absorb into your face. Do this for about 10 minutes.
  • Step 5: Using the baking soda, and a tid bit of water, make a paste. Massage into skin. Let it dry.
  • Step 6: To wash baking soda off, I use cool water. Your skin will feel soft and yummy! Bye-bye blackheads!

I would commit to doing this once a week. Consistency will help diminish the amount of blackheads you have! WooHoo!

Lets talk ingredients

Lavender Oil

Lavender oil is great for clogged pores. It is a natural muscle relaxer, soothing agent, conditioner, and astringent. So not only, when you are doing the steam, does it smell great, but you are also absorbing all of active nutrients that come out of the oils, and penetrate your skin and pores.

Basil

The medicinal herb is especially great for acne problems because it has powerful ant-viral anti-inflammitory and antibacterial properties to it.

Baking Soda

Baking soda has been found to be an amazing natural non-abrasive skin exfoliant! When you by exfoliants at the store, they contain harsh chemicals (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) that are used renew the layer of skin, by burning off the old one. Baking soda is a physical exfoliant, that instead of doing harm, it actually physically scrubs off the excess skin cells and dirt that is accumulating.