Facial rejuvenation acupuncture
As I prepared to have the treatment, the image of Pinhead from the
horror film Hellraiser crept into my mind. Once I was in the safe hands
of practitioner Alice Maguire, at the Thuja organic health and beauty
centre, however, I soon felt reassured. With a degree in acupuncture
and Chinese medicine, Maguire is also a member of the British
Acupuncture Council. She began by asking about my well-being and
sleeping patterns and whether I had any ailments. Answers to these
questions determine the positioning of the needles.
Remaining fully clothed, minus socks, I gingerly climbed on to
the treatment bed. Individually sealed needles were unwrapped and
inserted at specific points on my feet, wrists and hands - these are
grounding positions, essential for the effectiveness of the whole
treatment. You feel a small pricking sensation as they go in, and then
they are twiddled into position.
My ever-deepening forehead expression lines were to be the focus
of the treatment, and four needles (finer than the previous ones) were
inserted just under the skin in various positions. Surprisingly,
though, I felt relaxed.
I was left in tranquil bliss for about 30 minutes, with Van Morrison quietly crooning in the background.
Once the needles were removed, McGuire gave me a relaxing head
and face massage - her own personalised addition to the treatment.
Although the effects are not instant - a course of 12 sessions
is recommended - later the same evening I was sure that the skin on my
forehead felt slightly tighter.