I get offered a lot of random treatments and experiences through my blog, but when I was asked to try a session of facial acupuncture I just couldn't say no. I've always had a strange interest in it but never had a chance to actually try myself... I'm not sure if it's the morbid fascination with sticking pins into flesh or just the bizarre link between doing that and actually seeing a result. Acupuncture has been well associated with people turning to alternative treatments to solve issues that traditional medicine or therapy can't help with; it's now becoming a treatment that ladies of a certain age are turning to instead of botox, as well as working overall to invigorate the skin with health, vitality and a subtle glow.
I went along to Pointspace (which is within Earth Spa in Victoria, London) for a treatment, just to find out more about acupuncture and how it works. Ka Hang Leoungk is a fully qualified acupuncturist and a member of the British Acupuncture Council, so I was in safe hands. The day spa itself is very relaxing, quiet, ethereal and soothing so as soon as you step through the doors and take a deep breath of the scented candles that await, you're in the right frame of mind. Ka Hang started by placing three needles at pressure points in my legs, which apparently are the key points to start with. Although she suggested I may have a heavy or tingling feeling I could barely feel anything at all and after a few minutes completely forgot I had needles sticking out of my limbs!
When she started on my face I was hesitant and worried about how much it would hurt inserting needles into sensitive areas. They were placed under my chin, around the line from nose to lip, under my lip, under my eyebrow and a few other areas to target specific pressure points. Although not completely painless, it really wasn't uncomfortable to have so many needles in my face... at one point I asked how many I had and was told 37, before she kept on going! Around the nose, lip and eye where skin is thin it felt like a short, sharp pin prick, whereas in other areas I couldn't even feel the needles being inserted. I was worried about talking or opening my eyes, but both are fine - even when you do open your eyes the needles are placed in such a way you can't even see them. They're also a lot smaller than I would've ever imagined, with the majority of needles used being the smallest two above.
The needles are kept in for twenty minutes while the lights are turned down and you have time to chill out and relax. Some people may feel slight tingling or tickling sensations, but I just felt a warmth and slight pressure. Once the needles were removed quickly and painlessly, my face was massaged and plumped to leave me with a glowing complexion and healthy looking skin. There was no bruising or marks of any kind (although some people may experience slight bruising) so I was left with a flawless face and a satisfactory grin. I would definitely recommend acupuncture for those of you who have been looking for treatments, alternative therapies or just a session to relax - each individual is consulted and treated accordingly so you get the best out of your session. I didn't come away feeling like I'd had an intense facial workout, but it was a good starting point to build upon and treat certain anxiety areas if you had them.