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  The F​ire Within Acupuncture & Wellness

Sky above me, Earth below me, Fire within me



Thinking Outside the Botox

Posted by Tanya on February 26, 2014 at 1:20 AM


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?


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Categories: Facial Rejuvenation, TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), Pregnancy