March 10, 2016

Battling Aging Naturally: Vanity or Celebration of Health?

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Wanting to look younger isn’t necessarily vanity.

It can also be a “crown” for taking care of our selves. Aging gracefully does not mean you have to avoid all treatments that reverse the signs of age on your face. Our physiques look younger than they did 50 years ago due to exercise and diet, so why not smooth out our complexions?

The concept of aging gracefully is about respecting our bodies as the wondrous miracles that they are. You can feel just as intelligent, if not more so, by loving and nurturing the temple you live in—your amazing body.

Seeking more natural, non-invasive options for looking and feeling your best is a marvelous way to “battle aging.” Many of us never even knew such effective weapons like massage, exercise, yoga, meditation, mindful eating and a type of acupuncture called Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture (FRA) are credible tools for us to utilize in this anti-aging crusade. Arm yourself—because you deserve your very own crown!

Massage stimulates circulation, breaks down scar tissue, alleviates pain and promotes relaxation. For all of these reasons, receiving massage therapy is a well-loved method for relaxing the body and overall appearance.

Exercise is another beneficial strategy for taking years off our looks. Not only does exercise increase circulation, but it also stimulates collagen production. Sweating stimulates the pores and detoxes the skin. Yes, daily exercise is a natural face lift!

As a matter of fact, yoga not only replicates all of the benefits mentioned, but a full series of yoga poses is known to activate the energy of every organ in your body. No wonder everyone glows after yoga class—they’ve been “treated!”

Meditation is the brain and heart’s relaxation system. By focusing the mind solely on peace, tranquility and bliss, we can literally take years off of our complexion. Erasing stress from the mind erases stress from the face. Ommm

We must understand that we truly are what we eat, and mindful eating is part of that equation. Choosing varying, brightly colored organic and (ideally) well-sourced meals (gaining different nutrients—vitamins and minerals—from different food groups) will nourish the skin from the inside out. And a healthy digestive system is reflected in a beaming complexion. Some of the best “skin” foods are salmon, avocado, cucumber, lemon, and, of course, plenty of either filtered or spring water to hydrate every bit of you.

What the heck is Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture & why try it?

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is a treatment that essentially unlocks repetitive facial expressions and heals the dermal tissue from the inside out. It treats not only the skin itself, but also the body’s organ systems that happen to be reflected in our complexions. According to Chinese medicine theory, organ malfunctions can create an emotional response, which explains why we appear older and feel emotionally down when we’re fighting a cold or flu. When we receive FRA, the essential nutrients we ingest, along with all of that lovely collagen and elastin our bodies produce when in youthful balance are transported to the surface of the skin. This process fills in lines and even firms and lifts the facial tissue so that the vertical sagging or deeper wrinkles of the tissue diminish. The result? We look and feel happier and more refreshed.

FRA is an ancient treatment utilized by the Imperial courts of China dating as early as the Sung Dynasty (960 AD to 1270 AD). Based on the principles of Chinese medicine, specific acupuncture points are utilized to promote the circulation of Qi (life force energy) throughout the body. These points are chosen according to the individual’s unique underlying health and organ imbalances, which contribute to the aging process.

A series of 90 minute sessions, dependent upon the patient’s overall health and condition of their complexion, can erase as many as 10 to 15 years from the visage by also increasing hydration, eliminating puffiness under the eyes, firming the skin, healing old sun damage and scars, and even releasing those repetitive facial expressions that get locked into our faces due to trauma or habit.

So, now you have your weapons for aging gracefully: massage, exercise, yoga, meditation, mindful eating and the ancient treatment of Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture. May you celebrate your newly-found, yet always-existent inner beauty by the way of a firmer, smoother, more refreshed complexion.

Give it a try! You’ve discovered your body’s very own Fountain of Youth!

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