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Facial Rejuvenation

Springtime! Time to refresh and rejuvenate your skin with facial acupuncture

michelle gellis

Spring is here and after all those months of dry heat, not enough fresh air, winter colds and holiday parties,  the wear and tear can really show up on your face. It’s time to refresh and rejuvenate your skin.

There are many options available these days for erase the sign of aging from the face; lasers, peels, injections and of course surgery.  For those of us who would rather chose a mor…

Facial Acupuncture is good PREVENTATIVE medicine

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture

Eastern medicine is based on a system of wellness and prevention. Historically you went to your acupuncturist regularly for treatment in order to stay healthy.  If you were ill you did not pay because it meant that your healer was not doing their job.    Acupuncture has its basis in keeping the flow of energy flowing throughout the body, therefore nourishing all of the organs including t…

Benefits of Facial Gua Sha

facial gua sha of chin performed by Michelle Gellis

By Michelle Gellis LAc MAc DiplAc

Facial Gua Sha is a technique in which specially crafted hand held pieces of smooth jade are used to invigorate the skin, smooth out wrinkles and increase blood supply. Facial Gua Sha can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions such as Acne, Rosacea, Melasma and dark circles. Facial Gua Sha is used as part of a comprehensive acupuncture facia…

What is Qi?

Qi (pronounced “chee”) is a fundamental concept of everyday Chinese culture. At the core of Chinese medicine is the philosophy that Qi flows throughout the body. Qi is loosely translated to ‘life force’ that is part of everything that is alive. Where there is no Qi there is no life. Qi helps to animate the body and protect it from illness, pain and disease. A person’s health is…

How Our Emotional Expression Effects Our Face and Our Health; a Chinese Medicine Perspective

smiling face

According to Chinese Medicine, one of the most common causes of disease is repressed emotions. Emotional health is an integral part of Chinese Medicine. The seven emotions associated with disease are: anger, joy, worry, pensiveness, grief, fear and fright. As stated in an ancient text, the Su Wen, Chapter 8, our internal organs are portrayed in terms of their mental, emotional and spiritua…

Facial Acupuncture for Acne, Age Spots or Melasma

facial acupuncture gua sha

As we age our skin goes through many changes. Some of these changes have to do with fluctuations in our hormones, which can cause acne or dark spots or patches (melasma). For many women in their forties and fifties, adult acne can appear along with winkles, causing a double whammy! Even if you did not have acne as a teen, the surge of estrogen which occurs right before menopause or t…

7 ways Acupuncture can reverse aging

By Michelle Gellis LAcMAcDiplAc

We tend to think of Acupuncture as something that can help with aches and pains. But what most people don’t know is that Acupuncture can make you look and feel younger! Regular acupuncture treatment can make you feel more energetic and youthful, AND it can actually reduce the signs of aging

1) Stress Reduction

We all are exposed to stressful situations…

Facial Cupping to rejuvenate your skin.

During the summer Olympics we witnessed a preponderance of athletes such as Michael Phelps receiving cupping to relieve sore muscles. Since then I have received a multitude of calls about cupping. When used to relieve pain, cupping and gua sha can be very beneficial for releasing tension in muscles and fascia. Facial cupping is a highly specialized technique, which can be employed to assist…

Why Clearing Blocks Can Improve Your Cosmetic Acupuncture Treatments

By Michelle Gellis LAc MAc DiplAc
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists. Rooted in Five Element Theory, the practice of clearing blocks before initiating treatment is at the core of my facial acupuncture classes. A block is defined as…

Cosmetic Acupuncture as an alternative to Botox® Injections

Cosmetic Acupuncture as an alternative to Botox®

Michelle Gellis, LAc MAc DiplAc

In recent times Botox has been used to treat a myriad of conditions. From wrinkles to headaches, overactive bladder to overactive sweat glands, the medical community has been finding new and innovative uses for Botox®.  Acupuncture has been used for over 3,000 years to treat many physical and cosmetic…

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