A Holistic Approach to Healthy Skin
We all crave healthy, beautiful skin.
At some point in our life, we look in the mirror and only seem to notice the imperfections and wish we could somehow turn back the clock.
But what if I told you, it really is possible to restore your skin to that vibrant, youthful glow.
My approach to my skincare practice is based on an understanding of how the body works as a whole; that, coupled with its relationship to well-being, is always with one goal in mind – healthy skin that is balanced and able to perform its natural functions.
Adopting a holistic approach to skincare
In our clinic, if I didn’t adopt a holistic approach to treatments, I feel I would be doing my customers a huge disservice. I believe by finding and removing the barriers to any imbalances; we can return skin to optimum health, without the need for invasive treatments such as micro-needling or harsh products.
Our body has a powerful innate instinct for self-healing, therefore looking at the body as a whole, with the healing powers of emerging therapies is key.
Holistic in the dictionary means, of or relating to Holism.
Emphasising the importance of the whole and the interdependence of its parts
Holistic therapies, which are the result of the inspiration and continued dedication of skilled holistic aestheticians, learned healers, and doctors from around the world, are at the DNA of what we embrace as skincare specialists, both through the treatments we offer and the products we use, which I would love to share with you.
Utilising naturally-extracted aromatic essences from plants is a real art form. I’m a trained clinical aromatherapist; unfortunately, in my industry, too many businesses use the term “aromatherapy” lightly.
They carry out this treatment with pre-selected oils, with no regard to the potency and synergy of the properties in the essential oils.
The correct delivery of this treatment requires a stand-alone approach if it is going to be administered correctly. One that involves an extensive consultation, which is based around the careful selection of essential oils that have been specifically chosen for their healing properties.
Through breathwork and absorption, these potent aromatic oils can help to alleviate many areas of physical and emotional stress someone may be experiencing.
Massage is the medium used to deliver the oils to the skin and once absorbed, they are taken into the circulatory and nervous system, through this delivery system, the oils have a potent physiological effect; aiding in the alleviation of stress, anxiety, depression, and so much more.
Dr Edward Bach created the original herbal flower remedies. He believed that plants contained vibrations that work to restore harmony. Dr Bach created the flower remedies as a direct way of treating the whole person by way of their emotions, helping to balance their health on a holistic level.
The theory behind them is that unhappiness and fear lead to ill health, and that true healing meant arresting disease at its emotional source – before the physical symptoms disappear.
I really love working with flower remedies and they’re at the heart of all of our formulae; they help to restore the balance between the mind and body. Both Miracle Cleanse and Nectar Treatment Balm are great examples of these formulas that harness the potent power of native herbs and flowers.
Their healing floral essences serve as a reminder to honour our body, to take time out of our busy day to stop and breathe; restorative blends that take you back to peace and well-being, so your skin and body can gently return to balance.
The term homoeopathy comes from the Greek word ‘homeo’ which means similar, and ‘pathos’ meaning suffering or disease.
Homoeopathy treatment involves administering minimal doses of substances that produce characteristic symptoms of illness in healthy people; these are given in full concentration, with the belief that they will produce the same symptoms as the disease being treated.
This approach is “like cures like”, a natural therapy that helps to accelerate our body’s own healing process, a wonderful, restorative alternative to conventional medicine.
Chinese herbal medicine
This philosophy is based on the belief that the human body is a small universe in itself, and within it, there are a set of complicated interconnected systems.
Yang is positive, while Yin is the negative principle.
The emphasis is on the individual and symptoms are viewed as the result of a unique set of imbalances within the body; Chi ‘energy’ is believed to flow through the body via meridians, and if these are disrupted, it can lead to blockages.
Some of our facials in our clinic include acupuncture, a treatment that involves the use of fine needles applied to specific areas of the body, this frees up the flow of chi, helping to restore healthy skin and the mind-body connection.
The term spa is actually associated with water treatment; it is thought that water has very beneficial effects on the body, helping to equalize circulation by causing blood vessels to dilate and constrict rapidly. This, in turn, increases the flow of blood around the body, helping to improve circulation.
Treatments that combine the use of salts, water, and hot steam are thought to remove impurities and toxins; these are sweated out through the system and flushed through the skin, cleansing the body from within and releasing unwanted waste.
Roughly 90% is sweat, but the rest is toxins and chemicals from the environment and salt, steam also flushes out lactic acid, which is a major cause of stiff muscles and fatigue.
I am a huge advocate for this type of therapy, and if you have not seen the iceman and the amazing documentary from Vice, I highly recommend watching it.
The principle theory with naturopathy is that the human body’s natural makeup is genetically coded to cure itself, given the right conditions.
Ultimately, the philosophy based around this practice is one of prevention, as opposed to attacking, naturopaths understand that disease is not a one-off condition and that disease has been occurring in the body, unnoticed, for a significant amount of time.
They believe that this disease is due to a combination of genetic, emotional, systemic, and environmental elements, and only through understanding these four areas, can healthy restoration begin. Acupuncture, colon cleansing, detoxification, and elimination diets are all treatments that are a principle to naturopathy.
Their philosophy is also based on the fact that one symptom that displays itself in the body can actually be the result of multiple conditions; through a thorough consultation, it is their job to build a picture of the client, and only then can they begin to create the right environment for the body, so it can begin to heal itself naturally.
As you can see, achieving beautiful skin is about having a multidisciplinary, holistic approach to your skincare routine.
Having worked in the beauty and health industry for many years, I have seen how restorative these holistic treatments can be on the body and mind.
I believe that optimal health is so much more than the absence of illness; it is a positive feeling of vitality and energy, which imparts an overall sense of well-being.
Helping us to reconnect with the very essence of who we truly are.
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