The face is the mirror of what is going on inside the body, and more closely, the digestive tract. If you take a look at the face chart below, you can see that the governing vessel, conception vessel, stomach, gallbladder, small intestine, large intestine, urinary bladder, and triple warmer meridians all travel along the face. A problem within any of those meridians, or organs, will always eventually become evident on the face.
Last month’s article touched on how certain organ disharmonies will present themselves in regards to skin and aging, but today I want to focus on our two main digestive organs in TCM, the spleen, and the stomach. The stomach is considered to be the most important of all yang organs, and its paired yin organ is the spleen. It is considered to be the root of all postnatal qi, or qi that we create in our bodies from food and water. It is what gives us energy on a daily basis. The stomachs' job is to break down the food through "rotting and ripening," while the spleens' job is to "transform" that matter into nourishment for our bodies, and "transport" it to organs and extremities.
As some of you may know, as of this past June we are now offering a Rejuvenating Acupuncture Facial at the Spa! The response has been great, and I wanted to share a little more information on this relaxing and therapeutic treatment for those who may be interested in trying, or just trying to decide if this is the correct way to achieve their skincare goals.
We use Acupuncture for any and every health condition of the body, and this does not exclude age control! Although prevention of disease, or unhealthy, aging skin is always our best defence, we can still use TCM modalities to return the body to a healthy state, and repair damage to the skin and muscles of our face, neck, décolletage, and whole body! We use the needles to treat the local area, but also heal the internal environment, so the skin is supported from the inside out. It is very important to treat the whole person, improving general health, so we can use the persons own internal energy, or qi, to heal.
I know it feels good to be out in the sun, feeling the warmth on your skin after a long winter! When you're in the sun too long, by the time your skin turns pink and painful, most of the sun damage and harm is already done. Sunburns indicate that there is damage to the DNA in your skin cells. Over time, these injuries add up and lead to physical changes like wrinkles, sagging skin, hyper-pigmentation and skin cancer.
What do I mean when I say you need to be conscious of your sun exposure? Wear and re-apply your sunscreen and sun protection, or you will damage your skin and become prone to skin cancers!!
Sunlight can take its toll on just about any proteins, fabric garments and even our own skin, over time. Picture leaving your favorite leather jacket outside in the sun everyday where it is exposed to the sun’s harsh ultraviolet rays, day after day. Inevitably, it would cause considerable physical damage to its appearance. This isn’t something that happens immediately, but constant exposure can, and will, damage your leather, making it look old, dry, lacking flexibility, pigmentation loss, and irregularity. This too is the same for your skin.
Hey all you men out there! I was asked to choose one product that I believe to be one of the best product for our male clientele. It was a simple choice for me, I naturally chose the Stone Crop Body Lotion. Any of the Stone Crop products from the Eminence Organic line are great for men. I chose the body lotion because it can be used on the face or body, has a light-weight texture, and is great for all skin types. It also has a fresh smell that all the boys seem to love. It’s like freshly mowed lawn goodness. Dry hands, body, face - you name it, it can be used. It’s amazing for nourishing and feeding environmentally devitalized skin, great for after sun, or just any old night to re-hydrate after a laborious day.
What ingredients make it so amazing you ask? Well let me tell you.
Do your ears feel blocked? Do you find your hearing isn't quite what it should be? Does it feel like you have water in your ears, or sore infected blackheads? Do you experience ear aches or pain? Have you been cleaning your ears regularly after the shower? If not, then you may be one of my clients in need of a good ear cleaning!
Ears are self-sufficient and naturally clean themselves. Over time as we chew and yawn, our bodies will move ear wax out of our ears, but sometimes this process isn’t perfect, and wax builds up and hardens in the canal and can cause a hard wax impaction to form.
Essential oils, or aromatherapy oils, have been used by many cultures around the world for centuries. Their uses varied between cultures from religious purposes to healing the sick and wounded. It is difficult to pinpoint exactly when essential oils gained notoriety as effective healing medicines, but eventually the knowledge of essential oils spread around the globe.
Just picked a few of my own personal favorites Essential Oils
The perfect new lightening + brightening anti-aging skin care protocol from The Natural Art Of Skin Care.
Do you want a more luminescent glow, tighter pores, and a younger looking complexion just in time for Spring?
In this article, we've provided you with a free instructional-how-to for our newest in-house anti-aging protocol. Enjoy!
1.Begin by preparing your skin with your favourite classic Eminence Cleanser, or try the NEW Eminence Mangosteen Daily Resurfacing Cleanser.
2. At home, use the Arctic Berry Illuminating Peel kit as a way to exfoliate and gently peel the skin. This 3-step peel system is derived from six different natural acids including a papaya enzyme (Papain). It is also full of antioxidants to fight the signs of aging. FYI - currently one of my favourite peels out there!
If you have been struggling with the constant up and down cycles of weight loss, you are not alone. You diet for a few weeks, calorie restrict and portion your meals to whatever book you’re reading says or celebrity that’s on the latest magazine cover does, just to gain it back or more within a short period of time. Well, I’m here to let you know that that cycle can stop now.
Have you been struggling with yo-yo dieting, binge and crash eating habits, mood instability or overall sluggish energy? It may be time to start a detoxification program.
Our bodies are magnificent machines, making sure all of our organ systems, breathing patterns and energy functions are correctly working behind the scenes to keep us alive. We don’t consciously think about when to breathe, how fast our heart beats or when to filter acidic substances through our kidneys, it’s all part of the built in regulatory system. So when something is not functioning at it’s highest capacity, compensations are made to make up for it. It’s survival of the fittest and we have been equipped to overcome some harsh conditions or threats that we expose ourselves to on a daily basis. We have been designed to survive and given the right materials, we have the capability to protect and heal ourselves from the inside out. What we put in our bodies directly impacts the output.
Although it may not feel like summer’s quite over with the incredible weather being in the 30’s, the first leaves have fallen, the days are getting shorter and this is about that time where the summer blues start to kick in. It’s back to school, back to work and back to reality for most, with all those BBQ’s, festivals, patio drinks and camping trips a distant memory, but is there something lingering from all that overindulgence? If you’re feeling more brain fog, sluggish, headaches and mood swings lately, or skin issues, muscle aches and gas and bloating, it may be your body telling you to start detoxing!
Let’s get back to the classroom and learn the 5 W’s of Detoxing.