When jet setter and entrepreneur Teresa Herbst learned about using acupuncture for cosmetic purposes in order to defy early signs of aging along with its other health benefits, she really took time off her busy schedule to go to Japan and experience it herself.
It was in Japan that she met one of the most sought after and renowned licensed acupuncturist Kokoro Nakahara. " It was extremely difficult to schedule an appointment with Kokoro Nakahara since he've very in demand in Japan and has a lot of clients. But I was glad to have had the chance to do so. Right after my facial acupuncture session, I felt an instant relief. At the time, I knew I should bring this in the Philippines so that my fellow Filipinos can also experience the wonders of cosmetic acupuncture," recalls Herbst, who is the proprietor of Teceruma Spa and Salon in Ortigas.
Kokoro Nakahara owns and operates Cocona Medical Spa in Japan. In order to practice Japanese acupuncture, one needs to master its basic techniques and learn the art of palpation. He's a licensed radiologist, judo therapist, moxibustionist (practitioners of massage, finger pressure, acupuncture and moxicauterization), and also licensed in Anma-Massage-Acupressure. He has received his acupuncture and moxibustion license in Japan and has studied extensively with Japanese masters since he was 10 years old from his father who was also a licensed acupuncturist. With his years of experience, mastery of acupuncture and qualification + Herbst's personal experience under the skillful hands of Nakahara, Herbst has partnered with Nakahara and flown him to the Philippines so that others can also benefit from cosmetic acupuncture. In fact, Nakahara has around 2,000++ Filipino clients back in Japan, including popular celebrities such as hearthrob Aljur Abrenica and his brother Vin Abrenica.
"At least this time, Filipinos can save on their fares in going to Japan because they can just call in for an appointment here at Teceruma Spa and Salon, and Sensei Nakahara will be flown in from Japan to do cosmetic acupuncture for them," enthuses Herbst.
In traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture has long been used to improve the flow of vital energy (called "qi" or "chi") throughout the body. This vital energy is thought to circulate through invisible energy lines, which are known as "meridians." Traditional Japanese Acupuncture (includes Meridian Therapy): An imbalance in Qi and Blood flowing in the meridians is considered to be the cause of disease. The aim is to regulate the flow of Qi and Blood. Sensei Kokoro Nakahara uses a combination of both Chinese and Japanese acupuncture on his treatments.
According to traditional Chinese medicine, health problems occur as a result of blockages in the flow of vital energy. By inserting needles into specified points along meridian lines, acupuncturists aim to restore the flow of vital energy and, in turn, improve health.
Cosmetic acupuncture is purported to improve skin and act as an anti-aging treatment in part by stimulating the production of collagen (a protein that acts as a major component of your skin). As you age, your skin's inner layer loses collagen and—as a result—becomes less supple and firm. Acupuncture claims that it can promote collagen production.
Some proponents also suggest that cosmetic acupuncture can help rejuvenate your skin by improving your overall energy. Although research suggests that acupuncture may offer a number of health benefits (including reduced stress and management of problems like chronic pain and depression). Acupuncture is generally considered safe when administered by a qualified practitioner.
Actor Aljur Abrenica gets his much deserved facial acupuncture from Kokoro Nakahara at his spa in Japan.
The Filipino interpreter shiws the Seirin disposable needles from Japan used for cosmetic acupuncture.
Acupuncture shares that, with cosmetic acupuncture, 90% of clients have marked improvement in their faces and experience an overall rejuvenation that is not confined to the face. This is a good reason to call Cosmetic Acupuncture procedures "Anti-Aging Treatments" because they affect overall health in a positive way. Clients will look and feel younger. In some ways, they will actually be younger because the energetic systems will be working better. Outward beauty and youthful appearance will be the result of inner fitness. Cosmetic Acupuncture treatments promote the circulation of Qi and Blood in the face. Increased blood circulation to the face moistens the skin and promotes collagen production for increased muscle tone and elasticity. From a Western medicine perspective, it is thought that the needling creates production of more collagen and elastin in the face. Anti-aging Cosmetic Acupuncture is less expensive, healthier, and safer than the modern treatments. It's virtually risk free and there are none of the side effects of face lift surgery, lasers, and injections like numbness, scarring, possible atrophy, and lengthy recovery time. Clients' faces will never look stretched, burned, puffy, or "banded."
When Purple Plum Fairy went to interview Kokoro Nakahara (through the help of a Filipina interpreter), I was still a bit hesitant to try facial acupuncture because I was afraid of the needles. But Sensei Nakahara and Herbst assured me, contrary to what one sees, it's not painful and it's pretty tolerable. You know, we have what we call in the vernacular, "tiis-ganda"--which means if you want to look pretty, you've got to be ready to grin and just bear it all. I guess I was too chickened out at that time, but I vow to try this real soon. Once I do, I'll tell you guys more about it (it would be on my next blog post perhaps.) Going back to the cosmetic acupuncture I was telling you about, I was glad to know that a real paying client was scheduled on the day of our visit at Teceruma Spa and Salon. It was also a good thig that she had agreed to have her photos taken while she was being treated with facial acupuncture and acupressure by Sensei Kokoro Nakahara. Too bad, I forgot to ask her name. Perhaps that's because I was so excited to see the needles on her face.
So Sensei Kokoro Nakahara asked the client to lie down on the bed. He asked her to relax. According to his assistant, relaxing is very important when you're about to have an acupuncture. After the needles were pricked on her scalp, I asked the client how was she feeling. She said that she was okay except she was a bit uncomfortable on her scalp. But everything else was so relaxing. Relaxation is important especially on one's scalp so that once pricked by the needles, it wouldn't be too hard.
The patient was left with the needles for something like twenty minutes. Trigger point and tender point treatment was used. These treatment systems are based primarily on palpation and treatment of myofascial restrictions. This is the most common style of acupuncture in Japan and treats mostly musculo-skeletal pain. For this treatment, a low frequency current is applied through needles inserted in points (electro-acupuncture).
After twenty minutes, right after the needles were taken off, Sensei Kokoro Nakahara gives the patient an accupressure facial massage.
And then, voila! Can you guys notice e difference on the patient's face? I'm so sorry, these amateur pictures doesn't give her justice because I had only used my ipad on taking her pictures. But if you were personally there, you'd really see the big difference on her face in an instant! And it's non-invasive and done in a natural way yet you could see results in an instant!
The patient was so happy that she beams a huge smile. When I asked her how she felt, what was it like? She said: "I felt so relaxed and my skin had tighten and supple and I've never felt this good! The rosy cheeks are natural glow from my skin."
Cosmetic acupuncture is also great for alopecia or bald spots on your head, or what we refer in the vernacular as "poknat". This is also good for those with receding hairlines. Cosmetic Acupuncture can do wonders for your hair scalp. Yes, there is still hope, through cosmetic acupuncture.
Here, Sensei Kokoro Nakahara puts some needles on the patient's scalp.
According to Sensei Kokoro Nakahra, when done regularly, cosmetic accupuncture can help revitalize your scalp and brings back shiny, healthier and thicker hair. It can help improve hair growth the natural way.
Hmmm...I vow to be back and try cosmetic acupuncture myself. Hopefully it will be soon. I can't wait to tell you guys more about it! I am curious about what it feels like. There's a big difference between just seeing someone being pricked by needles for acupuncture and it's another thing when you yourself undergoes the same procedure. I'd have to book an appointment with Sensei Nakahara soon. Yes, as soon as my schedule permits me to do so. So I could simply relax as I allow him to prick my entire face. I wonder how I'll look like? I'll let you know more about it soon! That's a promise!
Interested to try Cosmetic and Facial Acupuncture by Sensei Kokoro Nakahara?
Visit Teceruma Spa and Salon at BSA Twin Towers, 6th floor, Unit 618 Bank Drive, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City, Philippines.
Call Teceruma Spa and Salon at these numbers to book an appointment: (+632) 654-3099 (0906-3884813) (0908-5601061)
Source: Purple Plum Fairy