Constitutional Facial Acupuncture™ is a safe, painless and effective treatment for renewing the face as well as the whole body. Fine lines may be entirely erased, deeper lines reduced and bags around neck and eyes firmed.

Constitutional Facial Acupuncture™ is a safe, painless and effective treatment for renewing the face as well as the whole body. Fine lines may be entirely erased, deeper lines reduced and bags around neck and eyes firmed.

Fine needles are placed at a variety of acupuncture points on the face, neck and around the eyes to stimulate the body’s natural energies, or Qi. Since muscle groups are addressed as well the acupuncture points, the face lifts itself, via the acupuncture points, through the muscles’ toning and tightening action. The needles also stimulate blood and circulation, which improves facial color.

Benefits

Constitutional:

Improves acne (caused by hormonal imbalance) Helps menopause, perimenopause, PMS and other GYN issues Helps sinus congestion and headache Improves hyper- and hypothyroidism Reduces symptoms of toothache, TMJ, trigeminal neuralgia, and Bell’s palsy Helps headaches (except severe migraine) Treats diarrhea and constipation (most digestive issues) Helps to eliminate edema and puffiness Benefits eyes, ears and brain Can help insomnia and dizziness Helps depression and aids self-esteem

Facial:

Can improve collagen production and muscle tone Helps reduce bags and sagging tendencies Helps eliminate fine lines and diminish larger wrinkles Helps reduce double chin and lift drooping eyelids Improves metabolism Tightens pores and brightens eyes Increases local blood and lymph circulation Improves facial color Reduces stress and promotes total health and well-being

Is Facial Acupuncture for Everyone?

It would probably be more instructive to list the few contraindications for facial acupuncture, because, for the vast majority of prospective clients, it is a safe and beneficial treatment, not only for prevention of wrinkles, but also the reversal of the customary signs of aging.

Contraindications:

Severe high blood pressure (it is OK when the blood pressure is under control and the patient is seeing a medical doctor)

Severe migraines (if the patient is having a migraine only once every 3 months or so, they can receive facial acupuncture treatments)

Be aware that it takes a patient 3 weeks to recover from laser resurfacing on the face. Do not needle during that time; wait a week after microdermabrasion.

Do not perform during:

pregnancy; colds or flu; acute herpes outbreak; or acute allergic reactions In the latter 3 instances, once the condition has passed, the patient may receive a facial acupuncture treatment.

Short and Long-Term Effects of Facial Acupuncture

After the first treatment, one usually observes an increased glow to the complexion, the result of increased Qi and blood flow to the face. The person’s face appears more “open”, there is a clarity in the eyes (“clear Shen”), and the patient appears to be more rested; wrinkles start to lessen and the skin appears more toned.

A significant difference in their appearance can be ascertained following the 5th to 7th treatments; even more marked changes in wrinkles, skin tone, etc. The impression of relaxation and calm is more pronounced; they appear as if they have returned from vacation. Lifting of the jowls, neck and the eyes has begun and is usually noticeable. With continuing treatment, constitutional issues like digestive complaints have been ameliorated or subsided.

By the end of a series, the patient should look and feel 5-15 years younger. These results may vary slightly, depending upon how well the patient has taken care of themselves during the process, and afterward. At this stage, booster treatments provide ongoing support within a normal process of aging.

Constitutional Facial Acupuncture™ is non-invasive, less costly than surgical procedures, and draws upon the ancient Chinese wisdom related to longevity, beauty and balance.

How Long is is a Treatment Series?

Constitutional Facial Acupuncture™ involves the patient in an organic process, in which a series of treatments is necessary to achieve maximal effect. After an initial session, practitioner evaluates the patient’s response, and then can determine the number of follow-up visits that will be required:

After this evaluation, and taking into consideration other variables such as stress, diet, lifestyle, genetic inheritance, proper digestion and elimination, sleep, emotional balance, and age, the following durations of treatment are customarily recommended:

Usually 10-15 treatments; 20 treatments for smokers or people whose skin tends to sag, i.e., who manifest jowls, “turkey wattles,” droopy eyes, etc. It should be noted that age is not as crucial as might be estimated; an older patient with a healthy lifestyle may in fact have a better prognosis than a younger person who is prone to dissipate themselves.

Maintenance Treatments:

Within the normal parameters of aging, the completion of a series of treatments should be effective. To ensure the persistence of the results, ongoing maintenance treatments are recommended:

Every 2 weeks for 2 months following the completion of a treatment series, then once a month for an indefinite amount of time; Of course, the patient can also embark upon a subsequent series after a week’s respite

Initial Appointment = $150 for 90mins

Follow up Appointments = $110 for 60mins

Book today: andrea@nbip.com.au

Phone : 0423 362 729

Staying well this winter. Advice from our Naturopath

How are you holding up with the recent drop in temperature and winter really setting in? If you haven’t already, it’s time to ramp up the immune support and put some extra defences in place to keep sickness at bay.

Natural medicine is a powerful therapy that is very effective in treating coughs, colds and influenza. Naturopathic treatment can bring rapid relief to symptoms and reduce the risk of a cold developing into a more serious condition.

There are a few simple steps to take as soon as you feel the dreaded lurgy rearing its ugly head which may help speed up recovery.

Rest! That’s right- rest! With all our commitments and the busyness of daily life we tend to “soldier on” and not give our body the rest it deserves. Taking the time to rest may not only reduce the severity of your cold, but it can also reduce the duration of the cold.

Stay warm. Keeping warm, particularly when braving the great outdoors on miserable days is important. Remember to add an extra layer or two under the kids’ clothing too. With this is mind, remember fresh air and sunshine are not only free, but necessities for optimal health and wellbeing.

Eat well. Nourishing your body with warming nutritious foods is something you are entirely worthy of. Packaged processed foods are often high in sugar which is damaging to your immune system and puts a further load on your liver’s detoxification processes. Including more immune-stimulating foods into your diet in the cooler months will help build immunity and lower susceptibility to disease. Garlic, onion and ginger, for example, contain antimicrobial, antibacterial and antiviral properties which are perfect for targeting dis-ease of the respiratory system.

To supplement or not? There are many specific nutrients that are needed for immune function. The most common ones are vitamin C, zinc and probiotics all of which support the immune system and perform many other essential functions in the body. At times supplementation may be necessary, particularly in times of acute stage illness. A naturopath can recommend specific nutrient supplementation targeted at immune support and respiratory function including information around dosage.

Herbal medicine can offer patients suffering from coughs, colds and the flu, not only symptomatic relief but long term immune modulation and balance. Different medicines exert different therapeutic activity which enables a naturopath to prescribe a customised formula targeted at individual symptoms and causative factors. Naturopaths have so many wonderful herbs to choose from which can be tailored specifically to the patient. Herbs can be used to balance multiple imbalances within the body at the same time which can be helpful if your sickness is causing other dysfunction such as sleep disturbance.

There are many natural remedies available to us that work efficiently and effectively, suitable for all ages and at every stage of illness. Tissue salts can offer immediate relief to sufferers young and old and for many conditions. Speak to your natural healthcare practitioner about which remedies are best for the common cold, sore throats, coughs and mucous congestion.

The famous “flu brew” is a concoction aimed at getting rid of that awful flu sooner than later. Juice one lemon, crush one clove of garlic, add a few slices of fresh ginger, 1 tsp of Manuka honey, mixed with one cup of boiling water. This can be made several times per day and sipped to aid in fighting off those nasty winter ailments.

YEP tea (yarrow, elderflower and peppermint) has been used to fight against the common cold and flu for many years. Drinking these teas, which can be found at your local health food store, have been known to bring some relief due to their medicinal properties.

A naturopathic consultation is based on thorough case taking to investigate the cause of the dysfunction so it can be addressed and resolved. If you are experiencing recurrent sickness you may be immune compromised. Natural medicine can offer you the support you need to strengthen your immunity and reduce the risk and frequency of becoming sick over winter.

Don’t underestimate the power of naturopathic medicine when it comes to your immunity and wellbeing. If you feel you need some extra support this winter, book a naturopathic consultation to get your defences in place and reduce the risk of catching the winter sniffles. Call us on 02 8406 0679 or email reception@nbip.com.auto discuss how we can support you.

What is Calmbirth®?  And did you know we run classes here at our Mona Vale clinic

Calmbirth® is a pre-natal course run over 4x 3hr weekly sessions for women and their partners/support person which prepares them mentally, emotionally and physically for the birth of their baby. Calmbirth® gives couples knowledge, confidence and skills to work with their labour and birth however their day unfolds.

What do you learn?

The amazing design of women’s bodies and how they grow and birth their babies.

The strong connection between the mind and body, and how pre conceived ideas and beliefs about labour can impact on our labour

Practical skills such as breathing techniques, relaxation methods, creative visualisation to help in achieving a calm and enjoyable experience

The important role partners play and practical tools they can learn in helping their partner through their labour and birth

To feel confident, empowered and excited about the upcoming labour and birth

How hormones play a part?

Fear and tension incites the fight or flight response and remaining calm incites the relaxation response. Learn about the most productive hormones for labour and how to remain calm and in control throughout your labour and birth by tapping into your subconscious resources such as breathing techniques and creative visualisation.

Choosing the right caregiver for you

This is also an important part of your birthing journey. Choosing a caregiver that is right for you and your ideals about your birth preferences and choosing someone that supports your informed choices is an important part of your journey. Whether it’s public hospital, private hospital, homebirth or birth centre you need to do your research into caregivers that you feel will support your choices, ask friends and family for personal referrals and find the right support for you.

For more information contact Martine martine@nbip.com.au  or 02 8406 0679

www.yourperfectbirth.com.au

 

 

Massage doesn’t just feel good it has numerous health benefits. In clinic this month we are offering 90 mins for $75!

Isn’t it amazing how just the touch of another human can completely relax you, work out stubborn knots or even release emotions?

Massage is offered in many different places, not just fancy spas but hospitals, businesses, clinics and even airports. By making massage more accessible more people are becoming aware of the amazing benefits massage can give.

There are many different types of massage;

Swedish

Remedial

Trigger Point

Pregnancy

Sports

Aromatherapy

Immediate benefits of massage can be a feeling of deep relaxation and calm. Massage prompts this to occur through the release of endorphins-the brains chemicals (neurotransmitters), which produce feelings of wellbeing. It has also been noted that levels of stress hormones, such as adrenalin, cortisol and norepinephrine (a neurotransmitter that is secreted in response to stress), are also reduced.

And they all work with different strokes and techniques but still have many common benefits. Some of these are;

· Boost Immunity

· Can decrease stress levels

· Increase joint flexibility

· Relax muscle tension

· Improve circulation

· Improves posture

· Can lower blood pressure

· Helps release endorphins

· Stimulation of the lymphatic system

· Heightened mental alertness

· Improved recovery of soft tissue injuries

With all these fantastic benefits, not too mention that is just feels great, why not come in, take a sip of tea, have your feet gently washed and completely lose yourself in the moment.

To make your appointment, call us on 02 8406 0679 or email reception@nbip.com.au