My name is Maggie Brown and I am a registered Acupuncturist and member of the British Acupuncture Council. I have a special interest in treating women and my facial acupuncture practice reflects that.
I am passionate about natural health and beauty and have developed the Beauté Chinoise treatment rituals to promote the concept of external beauty as a reflection of inner balance. My treatment rituals are popular with those wanting to combine health and vitality with a fresh, tone, glowing complexion and are described by patients as a journey to balance, during which they become empowered to age gracefully. The Beauté Chinoise hand-blended, luxurious facial oils and therapeutic teas are used in all treatments.
The philosophy behind the Beauté Chinoise treatments is to strive to achieve and maintain balance within the Cycles of Life (monthly, seasonal and life cycles) with Acupuncture treatments which stimulate the body to rejuvenate itself, providing balance in body, mind and emotions.
The Ageing Process is viewed differently in Western and Eastern philosophies. In the West we strive to achieve balance within the cell whereas within the teachings of Eastern philosophy, health and ageing are measured by the degree of balance between Yin and Yang, therefore balance in the body.
In the Chinese Calendar there are five seasons. We are currently in the fifth, magical short season. This is the season of the Earth, according to the philosophy of Chinese Medicine. A time to focus on the digestive system, a time of transition, from the Yang of Summer to the Yin of Autumn and Winter; bringing with it a need for warming foods. Camomile is a fabulous tea to drink at this time of year as it stimulates the stomach and calms the nervous system.
As the stomach meridian winds around the face, this is a good time of year to start to focus again on looking after our skin and muscle tone. I recommend facial massage to all of my patients, with specific acupressure to suit their needs. Below I have put together a simple massage:
Facial Massage encourages lymphatic drainage and boosts blood circulation to face (in Chinese Medicine we talk about boosting Qi [energy] flow to the face) therefore literally cleansing and feeding the skin from within. Apply 2-3 drops of facial oil to fingertips, dab on to neck and face evenly, then massage with gentle, upward sweeping movements over neck, start to apply more pressure from chin up and across cheeks, massage with firm, circular movements, sweep across cheek-bones, then smooth from between eyebrows out over forehead.
Acupressure points to clear puffiness and boost circulation.
By Maggie Brown