Cosmetic Acupuncture has been around for a few years in the UK and I first ran a class on it back in 2003. I remember that some established practitioners were quite sniffy about it at the time but now lots of people use it and it is well established. The first thing to note is that all acupuncture is potentially good cosmetically because if we ask what makes a person attractive then it’s health that is attractive. A person who is healthy and well balanced physically, emotionally and spiritually will radiate that for all to see, no matter what their age or genetics. Their health will be reflected in their skin, their body, their general demeanor and especially in their eyes. It’s interesting to note that most of the things that make us attractive to other people physically are things that reflect good strength and reproductive health like lips, skin, hair, muscle tone, body shape and posture. Things that make us attractive mentally/emotionally are things like self-esteem, humility, the ability to laugh and smile, empathy and self-confidence. And it’s through the eyes that we can convey an inner brightness or spirit that says more than words ever can no matter what condition we are in, actually even if we are not in perfect health. We have all met “good looking” people who are unattractive and those who are less obviously so but still have a sparkle in the eye haven’t we? So the good news is that acupuncture can help with all these things because it has an holistic approach to health and beauty. It will consider your physical health, your mental health and ultimately through those your spiritual health as well. This is achieved by looking at the totality of you as a person and then using acupuncture needles to adjust the balance of your Qi (energy). Add to this whatever lifestyle advice we can recommend and the first part of cosmetic acupuncture which is ultimately the most important part has been achieved. The other part addresses the physical, we have techniques to improve the blood flow to the face, tonify and invigorate the face muscles, soften lines and wrinkles, and restore a healthy glow. A Cosmetic Acupuncture treatment usually involves needles to the body and face as well as massage and other techniques. It is initially stimulating and then deeply relaxing. I find that even those people who do not “need” Cosmetic Acupuncture still really enjoy and benefit from the experience. This is why we still include a day specifically on Cosmetic Acupuncture on our one-year acupuncture course.
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