Health and Re-vitalisation
Acupuncture has been used in the Orient for hundreds, if not thousands, of years as a method of maintaining health and vitality. Acupuncture practitioners were often used as a preventative measure against ill-health. After a successful course of acupuncture patients often switch to a ‘maintainence plan’ in which an on-going health problem (such as back pain) is managed with acupuncture.
This is thought to happen by encouraging the flow of Qi (life-energy) in those areas out of balance. Traditional Chinese medical thought puts this simply as "Where qi goes, blood flows" . Acupuncture began to be used for a healthy complexion by the Chinese Emperor and Empress as early as the Sung Dynasty (960-1270AD).
Our general health is reflected in our face and compexion.
Everyone is aware that our health is reflected in our skin and faces. Acupuncture diagnosis puts great store in the tone, hue and texture of the skin as a whole and in various regions of the face especially. It is thought that different regions reflect different systems and meridians of the body. It follows that as our health improves this is reflected in the general condition of the skin.
Anti-aging Facial Revitalisation Acupuncture (AFRA) is a complete, holistic health treatment lasting around 90 minutes at the first session and about an hour subsequently, however, this is not a treatment which can reverse the aging process. It is not the same as having a facial or similar cosmetic treatment, though it has some aspects in common. AFRA is based on the traditional principles of Chinese medicine believed to enhance the health of the body and mind.
By stimulating just under the skin surface, Acupuncture is felt at a deeper level than some other techniques. Treatments combine acupuncture with facial Shiatsu, gentle facial Gua Sha and toning techniques.
The receiver experiences a revitalising effect on the skin. This is supported by follow-up advice on diet and exercise also based on the patients unique diagnosis. Plus advising that generally a healthy diet, low in toxins and processed foods may help maintain health and skin condition in the longer term.
During an AFRA treatment body and facial acupuncture are combined to form a complete treatment. Sometimes a toning machine can be attached to the needles to enhance the treatment.
Anti-aging Facial Revitalisation Acupuncture combines the benefits of acupuncture with facial acupressure massage and warming Gua Sha massage techniques to create a unique and relaxing effect
When products are used these are only of the highest quality without harmful additives such as the Nefeli range (www.nefeli.com) which are made following the principles of Chinese medicine from natural herbs and oils which nourish the skin.