What is a holistic facial?
Holistic facials are a gentle facial treatment which cleanse, exfoliate,tone and nourish the skin. The treatment can also help to relax muscles of the face, head, hands/feet, neck and shoulders.
Where did holistic facials originate?
Massage is thought to have been used in ancient China, Japan, by the Greeks, Romans and more recently in the development of Swedish massage. Having possibly been used as far back as 3000 BC in China, it has long been turned to for pain relief and healing. The use of massage in the Western world as a cosmetic treatment is relatively recent; it is an innovation of the twentieth century.
How do holistic facials work?
A cleanser and face mask can help to remove impurities from the skin, whilst a gentle exfoliator and face massage promote desquamation (removal) of dead skin cells. Massage of the face, head, neck, shoulders and hands/feet can help to release stress and tension of muscles in these areas. Massage also promotes fresh blood supply bringing with it oxygen and nutrients. This encourages the body to rid itself of waste products associated with muscle discomfort and can help to improve skin condition.
What happens during a session?
During an initial consultation, some personal details such as diet, lifestyle and general health are discussed in confidence. You will then be asked to lie on your back on a comfortable massage couch. You will remain fully clothed other than removing your upper clothing (not underwear) to enable the therapist to massage your decolletage, neck and shoulders. Please rest assured that your modesty will be preserved by a towel during the treatment. The therapist will massage a cleansing lotion into your face and neck which will then be removed. Following this, a gentle exfoliator will be applied and removed before a natural clay face mask to suit your skin type and preferences is freshly prepared and applied to your skin. Whilst this is setting, you can choose from a soothing hand or foot massage. The mask will then be carefully removed and a light oil selected to suit your needs will be used to provide a face and head massage. The shoulders, neck and decolletage are also massaged as part of this treatment. Pressure points on the face and head are gently stimulated to relieve tension.
If clients would prefer not to have oil applied to the hair, this can remain covered by a towel or head massage omitted.
Why do I need an initial consultation?
There are some occasions when treatment is not advised. The therapist needs to be aware of these for your safety, comfort and if treatment is advised, to tailor the therapy to each individual client.
How long will a treatment last?
A full treatment is one hour in length (with an additional free 15 minute consultation at your first appointment, prior to the treatment beginning). If time is short, our express facial offers a cleanse, tone and massage in a compact 30 minute treatment. Please see our website and the section on Treatments and Prices for further information about the full variety of treatments we offer.
How much does the treatment cost?
All one hour facials are £30. There are also a number of special offers available, including 20% off the cost of your first ever treatment. Pamper parties are available at the cost of £10 per person for a 20 minute mini facial treatment (minimum 3 people)
What are the benefits of holistic facials?
Many people comment that they experience a sense of deep relaxation and well-being during and following treatments. Other benefits may include:
- improvement of facial skin condition
- muscular (e.g. neck) tension and pain caused by occupational stress (long periods marking, completing paperwork, sitting at a computer)
- tension headaches and facial pain
- eye strain
- sinus problems
- stress, anxiety and feelings of depression
When should I not have a treatment?
- being treated for or in remission from cancer
- a heart condition
- uncontrolled high blood pressure
- kidney problems
- any implant/ recent operation
- a dysfunction of the nervous system e.g Parkinson’s disease
should obtain written permission from their doctor prior to proceeding with treatment.
No treatment will be given for clients:
- with severe acne
- with hypersensitive or irritated skin
- with acute inflammation/swelling in the face
- with acute sinus problems
- following recent facial surgery
- with thrombosis/ embolism
- during the first trimester of pregnancy
- with a recent head or neck injury
- with contagious conditions eg. measles, mumps
- with skin or scalp infections eg. cold sores, head lice
After the treatment:
The effects of massage are unique to each individual. Because the treatment stimulates the body and encourages the release of toxins, you may experience some of the following over the next 24 hours:
- increased energy levels/ feelings of tiredness
- deep sleep
- increased urination/ bowel movements
- increased thirst/hunger
- skin breakouts as toxins are released
- aching muscles as toxins are released and nerve fibres respond to the massage
- tearfulness/ emotional feelings
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
After care advice:
To gain the most from your treatment, over the 24 hours following this you are advised to:
- avoid caffeine, alcohol, smoking and strenuous physical exercise.
- eat a light meal
- drink plenty of water and relax!
- leave oil on the skin overnight (if possible)
Bespoke after-care advice may also be provided in terms of skin care routines.
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