Aesthetic treatments are more effective than ever, and in turn, clients increasingly demand zippier procedures with the absolute minimum downtime.
Despite the results-driven nature of our industry, relaxation need not be compromised.
Sending your client into tranquil serenity during an appointment has a myriad of benefits. In fact, studies show that light-based skin treatments work best on patients who meditate throughout.
This is why dermal clinician Natasha Laouta incorporates a gentle pressure point scalp and face massage into her high-tech, medi-facials at the Skin & Injecting Clinic on behalf of Dr Bryan C Mendelson.
She says the Mendelson Medi-Facial is most popular with busy clients as it’s jam packed with results-inducing elements like LED therapy, an oxygenating mask and peptide infusions. It’s bang for buck for the time-poor.
“I have found that acupressure scalp and facial massage has a beneficial effect on patients,” says Natasha. “Staying calm throughout encourages both internal and external healing. I see patients responding more positively when they are in a relaxed state of mind.
“Using the technique, I aim to reduce tension and enhance the mood of patients through the alleviation of daily stress.”
Acupressure is a therapy developed in Asia more than 5000 years ago. Practitioners use fingers to press key healing points and so stimulate the body’s natural self-curing function.
The technique uses the same pressure points as acupuncture. Aficionados believe stimulation can release muscular tension, promote circulation of blood thus enhancing overall health and beauty.
“There are seven main pressure points on the head and facial regions, all of which can provide marked relief and various therapeutic benefits,” Natasha explains.
“During facial treatment I simply apply then release firm finger pressure on these five points.”
Third-eye point is situated at the central point of the forehead, where it meets the bridge of the nose (above). Stimulation of The Third Eye acupressure point is believed to promote balance in the endocrine system with many benefits: stress reduction, relief from headaches and stomach aches, radiance and overall health.
Bright light is located just below the eyebrows towards the inner corners of the eye. Applying gentle pressure on these points simultaneously is thought to relieve eye-strain related headaches along with sinus issues such as allergies and hay fever.
Facial beauty is found at the bottom of the cheekbone. Activation of these points can aid in healing tooth aches, nose congestion and combat fatigue.
Sun point is situated at the point of depression of the temples and approximately two centimetres outside the eyebrows. By pressing the temples, you can improve overall mental state and reduce headaches.
Crown is a small hollow on the crown of the head between the cranial bones. Pressure on this point on the crown is thought to improve memory and concentration.
Natasha Laouta has over 18 years of industry experience. She has a Bachelor of Health Science in Dermal Therapies from Victoria University and is a full and active member (and past secretary) of the Australian Society of Dermal Clinicians. She is trained to the highest level to administer and assist in non-surgical skin rejuvenation, including medical, aesthetic, cosmetic skin care treatments, as well as the operation of laser and electrical based equipment. Her skills are used in the clinic to assist post-operative healing for its surgical patients, and to provide advanced aesthetic and skin care treatments for non-surgical patients.