Cosmetic Acupuncture: More than just a pretty face

Written by Dr. Stephanie Flockhart | 18 July, 2019

The face is arguably one of the most influential aspects of our identity. The expressions we make are evaluated, recognised and judged daily. Impacting not only how we show up in the world but how others respond to us. Faces reflect what is happening within us internally. Mirroring the state of our physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual health.

Cosmetic Acupuncture offers not only a natural alternative but one that transcends the superficial approach to beauty and anti-ageing that flood the current offerings in our society. While these more conventional treatments are able to offer successful results cosmetically, they fail to recognise and address the deeper issues underlying the ageing face and come attached to a lofty price tag. The illusion of beauty is marketed as something to be revered. With a beauty industry targeting an audience through an idealised idea of perfection, projected via celebrities, magazines, social media – all creating a sense of angst and fear surrounding ageing. We are persuaded to change our face, with surgery, fillers and botox however these treatments don’t understand that real beauty resides in the radiation of the individual’s spirit or “Shen”.

It is said, “The eyes are the window to the soul”, a concept wholeheartedly embraced within the philosophy of Chinese Medicine. When healthy across the emotional, mental, spiritual and physical planes, both the face and the eyes are thought to reflect the spirit through a certain radiance. Cosmetic Acupuncture certainly can reduce the specific signs of ageing including wrinkles, loss of skin elasticity, and lustre. However, its power lies much deeper, the treatment is focussed around altering the ageing cycle, assisting the patient to understand why they have the lines, addressing the underlying emotion and in turn expression that caused the wrinkle to form in the first place. Holistic healthcare aims to always seek the root cause of the problem, and the question is raised, why should beauty be approached any differently? Science is also on board, as research is now finding that ageing isn’t solely a result of a ticking biological clock, or genetic DNA but a reflection of one’s own self-image, belief system and the emotions surrounding that. As these powerful subconscious beliefs surrounding ageing influence how individuals behave, dress, think, live and show up in the world.

We are seeing the beginnings of a revolution with generations emerging that are challenging these preconceived notions of beauty. Opting for a natural, holistic approach to embrace and emanate beauty from the inside out. Cosmetic Acupuncture offers these seekers the opportunity to maintain a youthful appearance without sacrificing their integrity and avoiding the constellation of ill-fated side effects associated with a less natural approach.

Cosmetic Acupuncture is suitable for anyone, at any age, wanting to take a holistic approach to ageing prevention, and in doing so embracing their appearance as a reflection of their inner wellbeing rather than merely masking the symptoms of ill health with cosmetic procedures. Ideally, it’s best to start in your mid-twenties to early-thirties to minimise the effects of facial ageing, however, any age group will experience the benefits of treatment. The treatment is approached as two in one, both body and face, and acts as a reconnection to the spirit, as this is what shines through in the eyes and face. Providing you the opportunity to come home to yourself, and reversing ageing in the process.

During your first visit to a Cosmetic Acupuncturist, you will be asked a series about your general health and about the areas that are troubling you including any scars, lines, wrinkles, discolouration, acne, sagging skin and so on. The practitioner will then take your pulse, look at your tongue and examine your face in some detail. Your complexion and colour can provide valuable insight into your health, as Chinese facial diagnosis recognises certain areas of the face pertain to an imbalance internally. The treatment involves tiny, incredibly fine needles creating painless “micro-traumas” resulting in the increased production of collagen and elastin to the local area. The needles are barely felt as they are inserted due to the size and technique of the needling and many patients fall asleep during their treatment. Gua Sha (Jade stone massage) and a Jade roller are used alongside the Facial Acupuncture, to increase circulation to the face, improving skin texture and promoting a radiant glow.

Dr. Stephanie Flockhart

As a modern Acupuncturist, I believe in the integration of Eastern and Western philosophy, creating a well-rounded framework for healing that is inclusive and holistic for all. It was always the tools and teachings of Chinese Medicine that brought me vibrancy, energy and balance each time I felt I had drifted out of alignment with my health. It was this love and respect for Chinese Medicine now permanently in my heart, that saw me qualified as a registered Acupuncturist at Endeavour College as a young adult. Soon after I embarked on a career treating, caring and connecting with women from all around Australia

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