The skin is the largest organ of our body. It is a key piece in our health, the vitality of our immune system, and our overall well-being. Our skin communications with us in myriad ways. it is a permeable and living barrier between us and the world. My facial treatments are adapted to fit the specific needs of your skin. All facials are plant based, supportive, and nourishing.
The holistic facial works with the skin and body at multiple levels. It begins with a deep cleanse and facial massage, followed by oil and water sequences, a mask or masks, optional extractions, and more massage. Other tools that are integrated into the treatment are facial gua sha tools, facial cups, kansa wands, flower essences, and LED light therapy.
The holistic facial treatment is designed to help the skin breathe, nourish the acid mantle, and feed the dermal passages. It allows the nervous system to rest, sinking the mind and body into deep relaxation. The treatment plan for each facial appointment is individualized for every client depending on the length of time of the session, skin care needs, skin concerns, stress, and always with the long term health of the skin in mind.
The plant based products I use in my treatments do not use synthetics that coat or cover the skin. The skin is able to use it's own natural functions in combination with the amazing plant based products to heal itself and come into a place of balance. Each facial works well for ALL skin types and is designed to adapt to the needs of each client. The 90 and 120 minute facial allows for additional treatment time for specific skin conditions, such as acne, sensitivity, or extensive irritation and dryness. These longer facial times also allow for a combination of modalities such as both facial cupping and LED light therapy.
Facial cupping uses specialized cups with gentle suctioning. It is an ancient technique with widespread use throughout Asia as well as part of formal Chinese medical training. Cupping is a bodywork technique that uses a cup as a means of suction to draw out and resolve congestion of fluid and metabolic toxins. It can be used for facial rejuvenation and/or therapeutically. It uses a negative pressure, like body cupping, to draw out sha and relieve stagnation in the tissues. Sha is the excavation of metabolic toxins.
It can increase circulation of blood and lymph, nourish the skin, and resolve tension. This treatment can help alleviate redness, puffiness, and blotchiness of the face. It can also help reduce mild facial and jaw tension and headaches. Facial cupping is a smooth, gentle and rhythmic treatment. It feels a little like "kissing cups".
It is not meant to leave sha on the face (as does body cupping - or the red/purple sha circles). Deeper TMJ work on the masseter can leave sha on the face since it is such a vascular area of the body, but this is only by client request and with permission. The lighter work is very effective as well and does not leave sha.
This treatment takes about 30-45 minutes and can be added to a massage or integrated into a facial. The treatment includes hydrosol cascades, a serum suited for your skin's needs, and hot compresses. It is wonderfully relaxing and therapeutic.
LED Light Therapy
The Celluma LED panel utilizes scientifically-proven low-energy LED light to promote skin health through increased circulation, waste elimination, and moisture retention, improved cellular turnover and growth, and stimulation of collagen and elastin, the building-blocks your skin needs to stay fresh and healthy. Delivered through a revolutionary flexible and shape-taking light-array panel, Celluma delivers healing light exactly where your skin needs it most, fighting acne and reducing the most visible signs of damage and aging.
Celluma LED light therapy is the application of light energy to the body for aesthetic benefits. It promotes a natural photo biochemical reaction similar to the process of plant photosynthesis. It has been shown to effectively treat a wide variety of skin and musculoskeletal conditions. It is FDA-cleared for wrinkles, acne, and inflammatory skin conditions as well as arthritic pain, muscle and joint pain, and muscle and joint stiffness. It is proven to decrease inflammation and increase micro-circulation.
This was originally researched and developed by NASA and is also known as low-level light therapy or photobiostimulation. NASA’s Space Program has proven that LED light therapy (near-infrared) promotes wound healing and human tissue growth. The energy delivered by the LEDs has been shown to enhance cellular metabolism, accelerate the repair and replenishment of damaged skin cells, as well as stimulate the production of collagen – the foundation of a healthy and smooth skin.
Research has shown that LED Light Therapy may help to smooth skin texture, improve skin firmness and resilience, increase the lymphatic system activity, restore skin’s natural cellular activity, and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and superficial hyperpigmentation. The treatment is for all skin types and will not abrade any part of your skin, is non-invasive, painless, with absolutely no downtime. Clients can return to their normal activity immediately after the treatment.
This treatment takes 30 minutes. Just relax and let the panel do the work!