Holistic Beauty Treatments
FACE MASSAGE 1 hour
This treatment has been carefully developed to work and relax the shoulders, neck and face muscles. By applying a good amount of pressure, your body is left feeling uplifted, revitalised, and free from any aches and pains that might have been bothering you.
I use a set of techniques which combine gentle and vigorous movements, as well as working on reflex points and the fascia beneath the skin. Combined, they help to bring calmness in the mind and a serene look on the face- the perfect combination! I also adapt my techniques according to the unique needs of each patient, so no two treatments will be exactly the same. Depending on your wishes and requirements, the treatment can be either hands-on only, or a combination of natural face brushes, a jade facial roller, quartz crystals, and a facial ball to provide the best results.
The treatment concludes with a relaxing scalp massage, which helps to release any stored tension in the occipital and temple areas.
Face massage has numerous benefits, including:
• inducing a deep sense of calmness
• easing and relieving tension headaches, eye strain, and stress-related symptoms
• provides relief from temporomandibular tension (TMJ)
• tightens facial contours and helps to maintain smooth, soft skin
• improved circulation, improved production of collagen and elastin
• reduction of fine lines
HOLISTIC MASSAGE is a combination of relaxing, medium-to-strong pressure using hands and forearms to help warm up the muscles. The amount of pressure used will vary depending on your body’s needs, and can range from light to strong pressure. I use few pressure points, while encouraging the client to breathe in order to tackle tense muscles and bring about release and relaxation.
While the majority of clients are interested in massage focused on the back, I strongly encourage a full body treatment as I am a firm believer in the benefits of abdominal massage. These include improved digestion and immune system, and relief of lower back pain.
A one-hour massage is sufficient to include and work on the back, legs and arms. However, for working abdominal, chest and scalp areas, a 90-minute session is recommended.
As stated by Alexander Lowen MD, the body has tensions which are sometimes related to emotional experiences. While I use a set of techniques to liberate this, it is also important for the receiver to stay present, focusing on their breath and feeling the changes in their bodies.
METAMORPHIC TECHNIQUE – 1 hour, no cream or oil is used.
Metamorphic technique is a tool whereby I use a very light touch with my fingertips to the spine reflex of the feet, hands and head. These areas correspond to the period of gestation, when all the characteristics of our lives are established. In the 1970’s, Robert St John suggested that any stresses, traumas, or negative emotions experienced by a mother during her pregnancy will be held in the cellular memory of her unborn child- and metamorphic technique helps to take action against them.
The metamorphic technique doesn’t aim to “remove” energy patterns, since it doesn’t look at people as “broken” or “blocked”. Rather than trying to “fix” the client or direct their life force in any particular direction, the client is empowered to make the changes that they feel they need to make.
The technique is non-invasive, non-manipulative and very gentle, and is therefore suitable for all ages and medical conditions. I studied metamorphic technique with Gaston St Pierre, and it has had an enormous impact on how I approach my whole practice today, reinforcing my belief that as a practitioner, I can empower people to be their own healers.
BEAUTY TREATMENTS FACIALS
SCULPTURAL INTRA-ORAL FACIAL is a treatment whereby facial muscles are stretched from inside the mouth. To carry out this treatment, I use rose quartz stones and titanium gua sha, as well as organic geranium essential oil, wildcrafted shea butter, and Eberlin Biocosmetics.
Working inside the mouth, the treatment focuses on diminishing tension and pain around the shoulders, neck and jaw areas. The massage movements will vary from vigorous (to relax muscles and obtain a facial lift), to very gentle with soft movements to relax the entire upper body.
The techniques target the bones of the face and facial muscles, which are stretched both from the surface of the skin and within the mouth. These stretches inside the mouth help to release stress and tension held in the jaw area, the cheeks, and around the mouth.
It’s important to be aware that this type of massage is fairly intense, being rather firm and at times uncomfortable; sometimes people report feeling emotional after the treatment. However, this is completely normal, and so long as you drink plenty of water and take time to rest and relax, you will be fine.
This type of massage will improve blood circulation and oxygenation of cells as well as making the whole complexion tighter, smoother and re-energised. I also chose to combine the intra-oral massage techniques with rose quartz and titanium tools. Not only do they complement the anti-ageing effect of the massage, but they also make the treatment a little more calming and relaxing. The benefits of these can be found below.
Geranium essential oil calms and relaxes the body and mind. It has the power to reduce the appearance of wrinkles because it tightens skin and slows down the effects of ageing. Rose Quartz aligns with the Heart Chakra, governing the emotions, and is therefore known as the “love stone”. It can be used to promote self-acceptance and love, and thus it has an incredibly powerful effect on your self-perception. Together, these two ingredients are used as an elixir to clear the skin, reduce wrinkles and promote a soft complexion.
Titanium is believed to have the following health benefits.
1. Highly compatible with a person’s body, it never causes any allergies or adverse effects.
2. Enhances the body’s oxygen supply by attracting and capturing oxygen and then transferring it into the body. ‘Wearing titanium ornaments near inflamed areas assists in reducing inflammation through directing oxygen to that region. Oxygen is well known to alleviate inflammation and pain in the body.’ (resource: Guasha Shop)
3. Alleviates pain by stimulating nerves present in the sore area to encourage healing. It also has magnetic properties that attract iron-rich blood cells to the affected part of the body. The enhanced blood circulation leads to faster pain relief and better healing.
FIRMING & UPLIFTING FACIAL / ELECTRIC MUSCLE STIMULATION (EMS)
This treatment combines manual face massage (please see benefits on Face Massage Holistic Treatments) with added professional anti-ageing skin care and EMS.
It is important to start the treatment with warming up the muscles of the chest, neck, and face through manual massage. Then, I will use the pulsing mode of an electric facial muscle device and for approximately 10 – 15 mins.
EMS is used in sport training for enhancement of muscle strength, as a means of recovery and rehabilitation, and as a motor learning tool. On the face, I have used EMS to diminish puffiness, offer an enhanced contour of the face with improvement on lifting the cheeks, improvement of skin elasticity, correcting eye brow drop and others.
Apart from using good anti-ageing skin care it is highly important to exercise the facial muscles for a complete facial care and best results. Facial massages are a great way to keep our skin and the face contours looking healthy and energetic and these can be done through self-massages as well as a therapist using advanced facial techniques. Facial exercises are also highly beneficial for everyone who wants to stay looking youthful without resorting to invasive facial procedures.
However, research shows that when we contract a muscle, only 30% at best of all our muscle fibres are in a state of contraction. The remaining 70% are dormant, and it is here that EMS comes into play, by potentially electrically stimulating these resting muscle fibres to improve their strength.
Also, EMS has a twofold effect: a low intensity setting of the device has a positive effect on improved circulation and capillary density, which aids in nutrient transfer, while high intensity exercise is anti-circulatory as it pumps up the muscles (restricting blood flow).
Please leave at least a two-week gap between your EMS facial and any aesthetic procedures such as Botox, dermal fillers, chemical peels. For facial surgeries, you will need to consult with your doctor to understand the necessary amount of time for recovery.
HERA MD PROVENCE FACIAL 75 mins
Hera MD Facials are holistic facials which can include: skin exfoliation, extractions, peels, use of facial devices such as galvanic machine and high frequency devices, and steam. Time permitting, facial massage will also be included, as I consider this necessary on all of my treatments for helping the skin to recovery.
I choose to work with Hera MD products, since they use eco-certified preservatives, and contain no perfumes or dyes. This makes them suitable for even sensitive skin, and I’ve found they provide the best results when combined with the manual or electric techniques I use.
These serums contain a blend of pure organic essential oils, enriched with ultra-low molecular weight hyaluronic acid, DMAE, and vitamins. Alpha lipoic acid (ALA)is scientifically formulated to help minimize the appearance of wrinkles and enlarged pores, while working to improve the skin’s texture, boost oxygen levels and enhance cellular energy. Biopeptides activate surface renewal, something which can to address problems of more mature skin.
I have a wide selection of different skincare products on hand, and I use different ones for each client depending on skin type and condition. My focus is on rebalancing the skin and helping prevent any future damage, so that you always have clear, healthy skin.