I recently stumbled upon an interesting book entitled Ancient Secrets of Facial Rejuvenation: A Holistic, Nonsurgical Approach to Youth and Well-Being by Victoria J. Mogilner, which describes how you can use Chinese acupressure techniques on your face as a means to look (and be) healthier and more youthful.
I was drawn to this book because I’m sick of entering a store and finding myself bewildered by a hundred thousand anti-aging products, all claiming superiority while looking exactly the same as each other. And have you noticed how slimming and anti-aging solutions are now dominating the pharmacies, pushing all other products to dark, lonely corners?
It’s natural for people to want to preserve their youth, but I for one, am tired of the marketing gimmicks that the anti-aging industry is shoving down my throat. There has to be a simpler, better way of looking younger, even in this environment of stress, anxiety and age-accelerating processed foods.
In Ancient Secrets of Facial Rejuvenation, acupuncturist, aesthetician and practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) Victoria J. Mogilner teaches the reader simple DIY techniques for looking youthful, with the wonderful side-effect of uplifting one’s physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. She calls this her “Acupressure facelift”, and it utilizes the Chinese ideas of chi and meridian lines to correct imbalances within the body.
How does the Acupressure Facelift work?
There are 14 meridians in every individual, each corresponding to a certain vital organ, such as the bladder or stomach. A meridian is a channel, through which a person’s chi, or life-force, is transported and circulated; a meridian can, perhaps, best be described as a river that stretches across your entire body. Most of these meridians begin or end on the face; and therefore, by correctly pressing one’s face, the meridians – and hence the vital organs – can be controlled or, at least, regulated.
But how does this affect your appearance, you ask? The theory behind all this – which is pretty unanimous in every form of traditional medicine – is that the state of your body is reflected on your face. You look tired because your organs aren’t functioning as well as they’re supposed to, and the dullness of your eyes is probably caused by a problem somewhere else in the body. And this doesn’t contradict with modern medicine either – for example, it’s common knowledge that one of the reasons for dry and dull skin is dehydration, but how exactly does dehydration cause dull skin? The fundamental reason – put albeit in a simplistic manner – is that the different parts of your body aren’t receiving proper nourishment.
I’ll quote Victoria Mogilner because she puts it much more succinctly:
“Remember, the outside reflects the inside; everything you do shows on your face. When you learn to take care of yourself on the inside, it will show – you will have glowing skin, a sparkle in your eyes, and a calm presence”. - page 7
How to perform the Acupressure Facelift
For more accurate and detailed instructions, it is necessary to read Ancient Secrets of Facial Rejuvenation, or to consult an acupuncturist/acupressurist, of which there are plenty in Singapore.
However, in brief, this is how it works:
The whole process should take about 15 minutes, and should be performed every morning.
The Prefacial Warm-up
- Sit in a comfortable place where you feel totally at ease. Breathe steadily, focusing on your breath.
- Press each thumb on one side of your collar bone and hold for one minute. Take a deep breath. Massage your neck and throat area.
- Lie down on your back, placing fingers under your head and pressing thumbs at the base of your skull.
- Let your jaw hang open. Rest your index and middle fingers on the front sides of your foread and press your thumbs deeply into the indentation at the jaw hinges for one minute.
There are 13 meridian points on your face, but you don’t have to treat every single point each morning. As each relates to a certain organ of your body, you can target the ones that you’re most concerned about. Press each point for one minute with your fingertips, and you might want to repeat the points.
Here are the points, and which organs they represent. They aren’t identical in name and description of Victoria Mogilner’s, but will give you a rough idea on how it works:
For more information on the Acupressure facial and Victoria Mogilner, watch the video below:
Victoria Mogilner’s website: http://totalrejuvenationcenter.com/