A Face Loving Workshop Series in the Season of Self Care

Updated: Mar 30

Event Series hosted by Barbara Poczyniak, R.Ac

Winter is a time to go deep within, conserve our energies, nurture and take care of our face, body and mind. Due to the pandemic, this winter is really like no other – so why not use this down time to nourish your skin and maintain a natural, healthy glow? 

This January 2021, I’m excited to present a 3-part workshop that covers Facial Self Care based on the principles and practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine Cosmetology. This will be a live online series, held over a 3-week period. Participants will also receive the recordings in order to rewatch and practice along to. Best of all – these recommendations and routines will have a “2-for-1” benefit of relaxing the mind, melting away stress as well as boosting facial health and appearance.

In my work as a Registered Acupuncturist, I regularly share tips, techniques and guidance for self care that clients can do on their own at home. Often these are simple care practices that are complementary in between cosmetic acupuncture appointments. My goal with this virtual workshop is to compile this knowledge for you to add to your own customized self care toolkit.

We’ll start with a brief overview of how TCM views skin health, aging and beauty preservation. As with all things in Traditional Chinese Medicine, beauty is a holistic, whole body approach. We’ll briefly touch on the organ systems and how they relate to skin health, and what your face may be secretly trying to tell you about your health.

Observational Face Reading in TCM

Face Mapping and Face Reading are an ancient diagnostic art that gives us clues as to the links between areas of the face and their connections to systems in the body. Each area of the face is associated with a particular TCM organ system, and “Face Readers” will look for signs of a potential imbalance by what they see on the face.

The Face Reading method is quite an art and can even divulge information about a person’s past medical history. This ancient system has appeared in a number of classical TCM medical texts, and has a few different versions, but many acupuncturists utilize it as an observational tool (much like pulse taking or tongue assessment).

Looking at your own face this way can help you make the connection to the rest of your body and how lifestyle, diet, stress and more may be affecting what you see. For instance here are examples of 4 of the 13 areas of the face.

The Heart areas (above the eyebrows and above the upper lip): wrinkles or redness in these areas may indicate high blood pressure.

The Liver area (located between the eyebrows, right over the “yintang” or “third eye” acupuncture point): Stress, irritability and anger will cause this spot to be vexed by frowning that causes deep “eleven-style” wrinkles.

The Spleen area (located at the tip of the nose) shows imbalances that may be present in the digestive system. Pimples, black heads or a red spot may indicate blood sugar issues or gut inflammation.

The Reproductive system area is represented on the chin (in TCM this connects to the Kidney organ system). Pimples or cystic acne in this area show fluctuation in hormones or a possible imbalance. Severe dryness or even lined skin may be present as hormone levels change during perimenopause and onward.

Next we’ll proceed to the main focus of the workshop series – hands-on methods of self care including step by step tutorials in the following:

Facial Acupressure

Discover practical self care applications with the tools that you already have – your hands! Facial acupressure is a safe and effective self care modality, that can be practiced by anyone with great results. I’ll teach you what to expect with acupressure, how to successfully perform it on yourself, point locations and a routine for a full acupressure facial.

Facial Gua Sha Massage

Gua Sha massage can be a game changer for self care – if you know how to effectively use the tools for a complete neck, head and face self treatment. In my experience, there is a lot missing in many of the product demos that are commonly found online – which can be frustrating, misleading and might lead to you to think that gua sha does not work! I’d like to make sure you’re getting the most out of these tools, and I’ll include my best tips for a complete neck and face gua sha massage routine.

Facial Self Cupping

Cups are still fairly new to the modern skin care world – but they are one of the world’s oldest self care modalities, even older than acupressure and acupuncture. Used properly, they can help gently decongest, depuff and help skin maintain a natural firmness and elasticity. Cups are not meant for use by everyone though – and it’s important to know how to use them safely in order to get the results you are looking for.

Topical Masks to make at home

Chinese Medicine Cosmetology has numerous home care remedies for masks, including combining ingredients you probably already know and have with a few traditional items that may be new to you. All of these suggestions integrate beautifully with the hands-on treatments such as facial acupressure, etc. I’ll cover several classic recipes that use natural ingredients and help nourish skin in the cold winter months.

TCM Beauty Nutrition

Chinese Dietary therapy is itself a complete “pillar” of TCM treatment – it is a huge part of skin care and aging beautifully. Nutrients to help clear skin congestion, encourage collagen production and brighten dark spots will all be discussed, along with some recipes and suggestions that are easy to implement and follow.

Blending Oils for Facial Massage

Facial massage requires good quality oil. Sure you can simply use one of the bottled beauty oils but why not have some fun and make your own? I’ll make suggestions for single note oils based on skin type, and 3 recipes for blends that you can easily source and make at home.

Who should take this Workshop Series?

Whether you are new to TCM self care modalities, or if you are already using one or more of these methods – I guarantee you will learn useful information to help you feel nourished and taken care of. During this time of pandemic, stress and uncertainty it is even more important to learn new skills and ways to take care of our bodies and minds.

If you are already regularly getting cosmetic acupuncture, this will fit in perfectly as a bridge between your appointments in-clinic. And if you are currently not coming in for treatments, this is a wonderful way to learn how to use some of these tried and true methods safely from home.

My Background and Training

I’m a Registered Acupuncturist with a special focus on Women’s Wellness as well as Facial Health and Beauty. I’ve trained with some of the best Cosmetic Acupuncture teachers from North America and Asia. I’ve studied Facial Cupping as well as Advanced Facial Gua Sha techniques, and am one of only a few certified Qi Beauty™ practitioners in Toronto. I’m a certified aromatherapist and am formulating a line of natural products based on TCM beauty principles. Beyond that – I’m also a true self care devotee – and have spent years exploring and trying out the ancient beauty secrets of Traditional Chinese Medicine on myself and in the clinic.

For more information on dates, times and registration please contact Darou Wellness or click here.


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