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What is acupressure?
Like Acupuncture, Acupressure has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for thousands of years and is still used today throughout the world.
Acupressure is a method of stimulating specific points (acupuncture points) located on the body. This stimulation sends a signal to activate the body’s own self-healing and regulatory mechanisms. Acupressure is stimulation performed without any needles, only pressure.
Qi (vital energy) circulates through energy pathways, called meridians, in the body. There are over 350 acupuncture points on the meridians to modulate the energy in those meridians. When there is a blockage of energy flow, an imbalance will occur, and symptoms will arise. Acupressure (and acupuncture) helps to correct these imbalances and restores healthy flow of Qi, which returns the body to a natural state of wellbeing.
Why are acupuncture points so powerful?
Each acupuncture point has its own unique function and can work directly with the specific meridian it is associated with, to support a specific organ system. These points can be used to modulate energy in the associated system or to activate the point’s function to support the health of the body. When there is disharmony in the body, symptoms will manifest in the body and face. There are many acupuncture points that also have cosmetic benefits.
What is the Qi Acupoint Facial System?
The Qi Acupoint Facial System works by placing small therapeutic mini-magnetic spheres on specific acupuncture points on the face and body. Acupuncture points are amazing for improving overall health, as well as offering fabulous cosmetic benefits. Magnets have been shown to increase blood flow and improve circulation.
The Qi Acupoint Facial System combines acupressure stimulation with magnetic stimulation for a powerful at-home system that can help to encourage Qi flow, improve circulation, enhance complexion, move stagnation and support organ systems. The goal with this system is to increase blood flow, invigorate dull skin, brighten the complexion, enhance the Qi of the skin, and improve skin texture and tone, all while helping to soften and smooth fine lines and wrinkles. This system works below the skin's surface, allowing for a deeper treatment than products alone can offer. By utilizing the benefits of small magnetic fields on acupuncture points, we can support the underlying tissues to support and reveal a fresh, healthy and energized appearance.
Body points are added to the Qi System to support the overall wellness of the body, which can be reflected on the face. This system can easily be done in the privacy and comfort of your own home.
Why treat the body with the Qi Acupoint Facial System?
Everything is connected. When there is a disharmony in the body, it will be seen on the face. Overall health of the body and the skin is the ultimate goal, so the face and the body must be addressed together. As an example, if someone has deep horizontal lines on the forehead or crow’s feet, there is most likely a disharmony in the liver. If there is a lot of sagging on the face, there is most likely a disharmony in the spleen. Dark circles and bags under the eyes are most likely signs of a kidney imbalance. The Qi Acupoint Facial System works on the face first, but the body also needs to be supported for the best results.
How often should the system be used?
The Qi Acupoint Facial System should be done 2 to 3 times a week for best results.
When should the mini-magnetic spheres be worn?
The spheres can be worn at any time, day or night. However, they need to be worn for 4 to 8 hours at a time. We recommend that people start with wearing them for 4 hours for the first few applications and then move up to wearing them for 8 hours at a time. This is a simple way to see how people will respond to the spheres. Once you are ready, an easy option is to wear them overnight. Because why wouldn’t you want to get a treatment while you sleep?
How many treatments are in the Qi Acupoint Facial System?
Each kit includes 605 mini-magnetic spheres that should supply you with 20 treatments. If you do the treatment twice a week, it will last for 10 weeks. If you do the treatment 3 times a week, it will last 6 weeks.
How long can the Qi Acupoint Facial System be used?
This system can be used long term. It is safe, effective and painless!
Is it possible that the point stimulation can keep people awake if worn overnight?
Although this is rare, it is possible. If you are finding that you are not sleeping well, simply skip the body points called LV3 and LI4 with your nighttime application.
Can this system be used with other holistic facial therapies?
Yes, the Qi Acupoint Facial System can be used as an adjunct therapy to other therapies like cosmetic acupuncture, micro-current, micro-needling, facial cupping, facial massage, or facial gua sha. Boosting the Qi works in combination with any all-natural therapy.
Can the Qi Acupoint Facial System be used with Botox or fillers?
Typically, it is recommended to wait 3 weeks after an injectable or filler is done on the face, to ensure it is settled properly. As a precaution, make sure to communicate with the practitioner doing the injections, so they know you are using mini magnets on the skin. They may make additional recommendations based on the injection site or type of injection.
Can any skin type use the system?
Yes. The Qi Acupoint Facial System works on any type of skin.
Can the system be customized for specific issues?
Yes! We can help customize a protocol just for you. This is done on a case by case basis as everyone is different. We offer 30-minute Zoom consults where we can do a deep dive into the specific needs of your skin. If you are interested in this service, send us an email and we can organize a consult.
Who shouldn’t use the Qi Acupoint Facial System?
You should NOT use the system if you:
1) are pregnant (A few of the points are contraindicated for pregnancy.)
2) have a pacemaker (Magnets have been shown to interfere with pacemakers.)
3) have a latex allergy (the adhesive contains a small amount of latex.)
4) wear an insulin pump (Magnets have been shown to interfere with insulin pumps.)
Can the mini-magnetic spheres be reused?
No, unfortunately they are a single use product. We are looking for ways to recycle the mini magnets but so far, we have not been successful.
How does ear acupressure work?
There are over 100 acupuncture points found on the ear and each one represents a specific and corresponding area on the body. So, when a specific point is stimulated (with pressure) on the ear, it will influence the corresponding part of the body. The pressure is achieved with a small stainless steel or gold-plated ear ‘ball’ placed on the ear with a clear adhesive. This ‘ball’ can constantly stimulate the point for therapeutic results in the associated area being addressed. Ear Acupressure uses the same general principles as acupuncture. In TCM, the health depends on the flow of Qi in the body. This is a simple and totally painless way to give the body some extra support.
Ear points offer a powerful therapy and there is even an entire field of acupuncture related to just the ear. It is called Auricular Therapy and it is fascinating. Ear points are often simulated in conjunction with an acupuncture treatment or they can be used as a standalone therapy on their own.
How long do the Ear ‘balls’ stay in the ear?
After the ear ‘ball’ is applied, it should remain stuck on the ear each application will stay on for about 7 days, depending on the ear.
What comes in a Stress and Anxiety Ear Kit?
Each kit includes 40 ear ‘balls’ in either gold or stainless-steel. You can pick which you prefer when ordering. Each kit should supply about 5 applications (of 4 points on each ear = 8 total for each application), so should last about 5 weeks.
How does the ear kit help with stress specifically?
The points selected in the Stress and Anxiety ear kit are specific for calming the mind and the body. These commonly used traditional points are focused on balancing the entire system. The recommended points are a great way to easily and painlessly offer organ system support while having a calming effect within the body.
The ear ‘balls’ are simply applied to the recommended acupressure points. The ‘balls’ come in a pack and can be removed with your finger or with tweezers. Each ear ‘ball’ has a clear adhesive for easy application. The ear ‘ball’ is applied ball side down on the ear and then simply stuck onto the point. It is super easy to apply. However, it is best if someone else applies them for you, as the ear is difficult to see completely.
Why use a body brush?
Body brushes are used for dry brushing. Dry brushing is an easy way to boost the immune system, stimulate lymphatic flow, improve circulation, decrease cellulite and gently exfoliate the skin. Dry brushing can be done at any time on dry skin, but right before a shower is best. It only takes a few minutes and works wonders on the skin.
When the skin is exfoliated, any oil or moisturizer that is applied will be more easily absorbed. This means better results with less product.
How is Dry Brushing done?
The key is to always brush towards the heart, this is very important. With long, fluid and gentle, but firm strokes, begin at your toes and work your way up the legs, then from your fingers up your arm, then brush your stomach in circular strokes towards the inguinal area, where your legs meet your torso. For your back, just do the best you can with circular strokes, reaching what you can. Then just hop in the shower and rinse off all the dead skin, super easy. Follow with your favorite body oil right out of the shower, while the skin is still slightly wet. For more info see our blog on body brushing