from the Outside In
several patient requests to offer facial rejuvenation acupuncture, I
decided to look into the training. When I came across microcurrent
facial rejuvenation treatments, I realized
that this was what I was looking for. The course was taught by a
physiotherapist, I can also use the machine to treat pain (body and
face), there is scientific evidence to support its claims, and for my
needlephobe patients it’s needle-free.
Time and gravity cause drooping of various areas of the face as muscles
lose their tone. It also causes a loss of collagen, a protein
responsible for the elasticity and strength of healthy youthful skin.
Finally, it slows the renewal of new skin cells. Microcurrent
stimulation uses a very small electrical current to trigger:
- a tightening of loose muscles
- relaxation of tight muscles
- production of collagen (to fill wrinkles)
- and faster turnover of new skin cells
Instead of paralyzing your facial muscles
with a toxin, as Botox does, microcurrent stimulation works with your
muscles to reshape parts of your face.
Microcurrent research and clinical studies show the following positive
effects after microcurrent treatments(*):
- Cellular regeneration and increased
protein synthesis for enhanced soft-tissue healing
- A 500 percent increase in ATP, which
provides energy for cell metabolism and injury repair
- A 40 percent increase in cellular
membrane transport and the reduction of soft-tissue swelling and
- Improved DNA synthesis for soft-tissue
- Activation of T-lymphocytes that
strengthen the immune system
Regeneration and ATP production: The effects of electric currents on
ATP generation, protein synthesis and membrane transport. Cheng et. al.
, Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, Nov/Dec 1982, 171
funny story is that a patient of mine who I hadn't seen in a few years
asked me if I was pregnant. Taken aback I joked that my belly was not
round...was it? She laughed and said it was because I had a glow. I was
flattered, but didn't know where that came from. It wasn't until later,
when I told a friend the story and she reminded me that I had been
getting some facial rejuvenation myself that I realized that that might
have been what my patient had seen! The same happened to my husband.
Without telling anyone that he had received a microccurent facial
rejuvenation treatment, one of his coworkers told him that his skin
looked really good!
What happens during treatment?
Treatments last one hour and include three parts to the microcurrent
stimulation—lymphatic drainage, lengthening or shortening of
facial muscles, and filling in of fine lines. Treatments also include
aromatherapy and facial massage. You may notice a difference after just
one treatment, but just as you cannot expect to train a bicep in one
set of bicep curls, so too does it take a series of treatments to
expect change in the facial muscles and skin.
If you love the idea of
putting your best face forward, call or email us for your free 15-minute
single treatment sessions for $135 or packages of 10 treatments for
$1300. Packages include $133 of health products important to healthy
skin and body.
Because I need to get the word
out, I will offer just 20 people the 10-session package a further $200
And, because my passion is about health, if
you would like to incorporate acupuncture into treatments, you may be
covered by your extended health insurance.
call it “health
I call it eating
your cake and getting your veggies too.
To try Bonsai Facial Rejuvenation contact us
the time when flowers bloom, leaves grow back, and birds return from the
south. Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnosis and principles
are based on observations of nature. Spring is a time of
renewal for our bodies as much as it is a renewal for nature.
What can you do to help in this revitalization?
to TCM, the key organ of springtime is the liver, a major organ of
detoxification. It filters our blood of toxins that are
inhaled, ingested, and absorbed through the skin.
Even if you are careful to eat healthy; avoid smoking, drinking, and
drugs; and use natural bodycare products and household cleansers, in
our modern world, the liver still has an enormous task! We
still breathe polluted air and it is a daunting challenge to avoid all
chemicals, so our livers could definitely use a healing hand.
A stressed liver may result in headaches, allergies and sensitivities,
tearing or inflammation of tendons, ligaments, and muscles, stiff neck
and shoulders, anger, irritability, frustration, depression, high blood
pressure, eye problems, fatigue, and skin problems, amongst other
The duration of our cleansing program is 2 weeks and includes the
- Initial consultation – 1 hour
- Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) food
cures and personalized nutrition advice with optional menu plan
- Customized supportive TCM herbs to last 2
weeks (value $50)
- Cleansing supplement kit (value $37)
- Two 1 hour acupuncture sessions (value
priced at $275 (total value $317)
Sound Spa for Body, Mind, and Soul”
Under the Piano?
It is indeed being under a grand piano, but
also much more.
When you crawl under my grand piano and nestle amongst opulent quilts
and cushions you are treated to about 40 minutes of piano
improvisations. You are surrounded by the music and enveloped by the
sound. Your entire body is bathed by sound vibrations. You get to enjoy
your very own personal concert and a remarkably relaxing and healing
Each person’s session is unique, but there are some
experiences that are frequently mentioned by clients. These include the
sneaky, childlike, playfulness clients experience just by crawling
under the piano. The experience is also often described as calming,
relaxing, magical and meditative. The vibrations of the piano and the
music I create for you give you access to becoming present to both the
moment and your body. The experience is ‘healing’
on a cellular level.
About Craig Addy
Pianist and composer Craig Addy was born in 1962 and has been
improvising at the piano since he was a child. He has two music
degrees: A B.Mus from the University of British Columbia and an ARCT
Performer’s Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music in
Toronto. As a young teenager, he used to lie under the piano while his
mother played beautiful classical music. A recent visit to Showcase
Pianos gave Craig an opportunity to get under a piano again. It had
been over 30 years. The power of his teen experience came flooding
back, but this time with a conscious awareness of the effects the
vibrations were having on his entire body. Craig combined his unique
improvisational artistry with the experience of lying under his grand
piano and began sharing this with people in his life. “Under
the Piano” was born.
Tel: 604-662-3053 • #604-1350 Broughton Street, Vancouver, BC,