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can be treated with traditional – and ver y effective - face and body
“If your business only offers high-end technology-based
treatments, how will you safely treat clients with rosacea, eczema,
psoriasis, pregnant clients, or those with systemic diseases such as
MS, lupus, cancer and diabetes? ”
To this end, facial treatments involving sophisticated massage is
fundamental to Skin Factors’ Christina Cosmeceutical and Ahava
SPA+CLINIC looks at signature facials from some of Australia’s
leading professional skincare brands and the importance massage
plays within them.
AROMATHERAPY ASSOCIATES ULTIMATE FACIAL
A personalised prescription uses a range of A romatherapy
Associates products based on therapeutic essential oils and natural
plant extracts to detoxify the skin and provide v ital nourishment
to its deepest layers. The treatment utilises Eastern and Western
massage techniques to refresh the skin, improve circulation, lymph
flow and oxygenation while easing stress and toning facial muscles.
BABOR EFFECTIVE TOUCH FACIAL MASSAGE
“Relaxing and finding inner peace is becoming more and more
important for the treatment experience. A fter all, the facial muscles
– particularly those around the forehead, temples and jaw – tighten
in stressful situations,” says Jenny Millar, sales and brand manager
of Babor Australia.
“ Tensed muscles apply pressure to the blood vessels and impede
the transportation of oxygen and nutrients to the cells. The facial
expression then appears strained, grey and tired.
“Professional face massages do not just activate skin
regeneration and allow nutrients to penetrate deeper; they also
loosen tightness and tension and can have a positive effect on the
overall wellbeing of the individual.”
Ricky Welch has been the International Chief Massage
Instr uctor at Babor since 2011, creating unique massage
compositions such as Effective Touch.
It uses wide-ranging techniques from both traditional and
the modern methods; elements from acupressure massage and
connective tissue massage, with movements borrowed from
physiotherapy and osteopathy.
“ We use this massage to activate the body’s energy pathways (ie.
the meridians and the chakras), the lymph system
and the blood circulation and provide a holistic
approach in the treatment,” says Ricky.
“ The massage not only has a positive
effect on the facial skin; it also has
a lasting effect on all the organs in
the body. This promotes rela xation,
regeneration and balance within the body,
and ensures a youthful, radiant appearance.
The targeted sensory stimuli in the
massage and pressure points stimulate
hormones such as oxytocin and serotonin
(happiness hor mones), melatonin (the
hormone that controls the sleep/wake cycle), as
well as endorphin, the body’s own painkiller.
Effective Touch’s various, intensive massage movements are
an ideal way to work the high-quality active ingredients in Babor
products into the skin.
This intensive massage increases cutaneous perfusion, boosts
metabolism and promotes the absorption of oxygen and nutrients,
thus activating skin regeneration.
DERMALOGICA TOUCH THERAPIES
“At Dermalogica and The International Dermal Institute, we have always
understood the benefits of massage both from a physiological and
psychological standpoint,” says Emma Hobson, Education Manager.
“ W ith society becoming more ‘solitary’ - people living alone, working
from home alone - as well as stress, anxiety and depression on the rise,
the power of touch has never been more needed than it is today.
“For the skin itself we know that various forms of massage can
benefit all skin types and the majority of skin conditions.
“Massage can assist clearing acne breakouts, improve lacklustre
skin, assist the lymph flow reducing puffiness, stimulate the
removal of waste products from the tissues, improve the circulation
(especially for smokers), increase the supply of oxygen and
nutrients to the skin and muscles and stimulate glandular activity
(which is fantastic for dry, post-menopausal, mature skin).
“It improves cellular activity and the overall texture of every
skin. For those concerned about ageing, receiving a weekly facial
massage would prove highly advantageous.”
Dermalogica has systems containing suites of professional-
only products and various massage techniques incorporated into
routines which are referred to as Touch Therapies including
European Massage, Age Reversal Touch Therapy, Ultra Calming
Touch Therapy, Stress Relief Scalp Touch Therapy, Pressure Point
Touch Therapy, Stress Relief Back and Reflex Point Touch Therapy.
ELEMIS RAIN DROP TECHNIQUE
“I’ve always believed that one of the best anti-ageing approaches to
skin is the power of hands- on therapy combined with great actives
to deliver immediate, visible results,” says Noella Gabriel, Elemis
Director of Product and Treatment Development.
“A great pair of hands supported with great product knowledge has
the ability to meet and exceed clients’ needs. Like going to the gym,
an Elemis treatment is a physical workout for face or body.”
The Rain Drop Technique is one of Elemis’ most
popular. The therapist applies a light rose oil to the
tips of the fingers and “pitter patters” it in a rain
drop motion all over the client’s face.
“This, believe it or not, brings
micro-circulation to the top layers of
skin to warm, cleanse, soften and renew.
The power of touch brings instant
EMINENCE EXPERIENCE FACIAL
This treatment features Eminence’s specialised
organic “Botox” massage, designed to promote
micro- circulation while small, inactive muscles of
the face are manipulated to achieve a v isible lift in the
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