Jill Shepherd

COSMETIC ACOPUNCTURE, OR FACIAL
REVITALISATION ACUPUNCTURE (FRA)

I attended a post~graduate training in FRA, studying with Virginia Doran, a renowned American acupuncturist and international teacher. (See www.luminousbeauty.com )

FRA is a powerful and natural treatment for revitalising the skin and addressing specific skin conditions. It works by invigorating the flow of qi and blood to the skin, as well as treating any internal conditions which may be leading to aggravated, aged, or dull looking skin.

Conventional cosmetic therapies only treat the outer skin, without tackling the root cause of any skin concerns. This only provides temporary benefits.

Although FRA is sometimes referred to as an acupuncture facelift, it is more than a cosmetic procedure. Acupuncture to enhance the face is not about changing it, as would be the case with cosmetic surgery. It is about optimising and invigorating one's natural beauty. It is a revitalisation process designed to help the whole body look and feel younger. Whereas it works directly on your skin, it also addresses any internal conditions which may be affecting your appearance. This is holistic skin care which is much more effective with longer lasting results... You may also benefit from an improvement in your general health and well~being.

FRA Treatment is based on the principles of TCM, and involves the insertion of fine, hair~thin needles into particular areas of the face, ears, neck, hands, legs and feet, along the meridians. Specific points are chosen, tailored to the individual's needs. Many meridians begin or end on the face whilst some have internal branches that go to the face. As practitioners of FRA we know how to specifically effect the face, whilst simultaneously treating the underlying factors that contribute to the aging process.

THE BENEFITS OF FRA:

The basic tennet of FRA is that by needling facial tissue and muscles, qi and blood circulation are improved. Blood contains vital nutrients, hormones and oxygen, which revitalises the tissues it infuses. This helps to improve circulation, collagen production, skin quality and muscle tone.

FRA brings out a person's innate beauty and radiance, and helps reduce the signs of stress and tension evident in the face.

It boosts skin nutrition and improves hydration, making the skin look refreshed and luminous. Facial colour is improved and becomes more even by means of local circulation of Qi, blood and lymph to the face.

FRA increases cell and collagen regeneration for renewed complexion and skin elasticity. It may improve muscle tone, dermal contraction, and tightening of the pores.

It may help minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

FRA can help improve hormonal balance.

It brightens the eyes, bringing an added sparkle! It helps eliminate dark circles and puffiness under the eyes by improving metabolism (thereby eliminating excess fluids.)

HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?

FRA can be administered occassionally; otherwise a course of treatments consists of 12 ~ 15 sessions, preferably on a weekly basis. Results can be seen immediately, but it is around the seventh treatment that results are more dramatic and lasting. Like surgical facelifts, the actual outcome cannot be predicted, nor how long the effects will last. Factors such as age and lifestyle have a big effect on maintaining the results. Maintenance or booster sessions can be administered once every two months to protect your health and investment. Some clients like to book in for a FRA every four months, or prior to a special occasion.

FRA is an intense treatment in which over 100 needles are used, and the session may take 1 ½ ~ 2 hours. However, Mini FRAs are available for the more faint hearted, using a third as many needles, and lasting up to 1 hour. Obviously, the results of a mini FRA won't be as dramatic as a full FRA, but you should still be able to see and feel an improvement.

PRE~REQUISITES TO TREATMENT:

THERE ARE A NUMBER OF CONTR~INDICATIONS ASSOCIATED WITH RECEIVING A FRA (See list below.) AS WITH ALL ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENTS THERE IS A SMALL RISK OF BRUISING. YOU MUST BE WILLING TO SIGN A CONSENT FORM ON THE DAY OF TREATMENT.

In order to receive a FRA you must not have any of the following Contra~indications to treatment.

  1. Problems with bruising or bleeding (Haemophilia/ Use of warfarin)
  2. Colds / Flu / Acute Herpes attack / Acute Allergic reactions.
  3. Pregnancy.
  4. Migraine / Tinnitus / Vertigo.
  5. High blood pressure (including use of Calcium Channel Blockers)
  6. Coronary Heart Disease
  7. Diabetes Mellitus.
  8. Cancer or Pituitary Tumour.
  9. Hepatitis, HIV, AIDS.
  10. Former cosmetic surgery, or recent botox treatment.

In order to receive a Full FRA you will need to be able to lie flat on your back for roughly 1 ½ hours, with only 1 pillow supporting your head. Also, please come dressed in loose clothing, and remove any jewellry and ALL make~up prior to treatment. Please note, 48 hours notice is required to cancel a FRA treatment.

Go on, book an appointment now ~ The best by FRA!