Denise Rainford is a fully qualiﬁed and registered acupuncturist. Denise obtained her degree and Licentiate in Acupuncture at the College of Traditional Acupuncture in Leamington Spa, in afﬁliation with Oxford Brookes University. Denise is a full member of both the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) and the Toyohari Association UK Branch (TUK), and also a member of the Acupuncture Fertility Network (AFN).
As a Constitutional Facial Renewal Practitioner, Denise, uses the principles of traditional acupuncture and applies them for our modern concerns – looking younger, longer.
Constitutional Facial Renewal Acupuncture is a safe and responsible approach to looking younger and improving your overall health and well-being. An alternative to surgical facelifts, toxic chemical injections or cosmetic cover-ups, facial acupuncture can reduce the lines, wrinkles and pufﬁness of sagging, tired looking skin. Through a series of weekly or bi-weekly sessions, hair-ﬁne needles are placed into the skin at speciﬁc areas of the body/neck/face/wrinkles chosen for individual needs. These treatments improve collagen production, enliven muscles, ﬂush the skin, release tension and reinvigorates the bodyʼs energy. Success of the treatments is enhanced by the individualʼs participation in working towards a healthier, more balanced lifestyle.
However, there are a lot of people who have a phobia of needles – Denise has an option available to you – Facial Soundscapes (for the body, face, mind & spirit). Facial Soundscapes may be new to the UK but not in theory.
What Is Sound?
Sound is vibratory motion. Everything around us is in constant motion, from the planets and stars to the smallest insects on the planet. Everything produces a sound vibration; therefore, everything produces sound. Some sounds we hear audibly; some we cannot. Some sounds are heard at 20 to 20,000 cycles per second; others, like the great symphony of the “music of the spheres,” we hear with our spirit.
Although sound exists all around us, humans hear within a very limited range. Although we can’t audibly hear all the vibratory sounds of the universe, they are still accessible to us. These sounds – these unseen powers – can be harnessed to help us heal at physical, emotional and spiritual levels. We know this is true on a musical level when we listen to music to help soothe our sadness; lighten our spirits; wake us up; put us to sleep; help us relax; or just experience the pure joy of a particular composition. We can (and do) see our depression lift, our bodies loosen and our pain subside, while our spirits soar as we feel the impact of the music in our body.
Scientiﬁc research has demonstrated that the effects of music are quantiﬁable and innumerable; for example, it has been proven to have an effect on blood pressure, heart rate and circulation. There is also conclusive evidence that musical sounds can reduce high fever and the intensity of physical pain.
According to scientists, our cells, molecules, atoms, glands and organs all absorb and emit sound. When relaxed, our brain waves vibrate at eight cycles per second, attuning us to the octave in music, and to the electromagnetic energy of the earth and the cosmos.
Many religions and cultures believed that sound called the universe forth into being. To the Hindus, the “mother tone,” Aum, created the universe out of nothing. All the frequencies and overtones of all other sounds were contained within this seed sound.
Swiss medical doctors Hans Jenny pioneered the study of wave phenomena. His experiments applied pure tones to inert powders, pastes and liquids to demonstrate the effect of sound over matter, creating sacred, life-like, ﬂoating forms found throughout art, nature and architecture. Sir Guy Manners, an English osteopath, uses this process to achieve a balanced metabolic state in a cell or organ. Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, working at the Strang-Cornell Cancer Prevention Center in New York, uses Tibetan and crystal bowls with cancer patients. Jeffrey Thompson, DC, uses nature sounds to promote healing at the cellular level.
The Soundscape Treatment
We use sound via vibratory tuning forks to balance, tone, and lift the muscles of the face. This treatment supports the body’s ancestral DNA level via the eight extraordinary meridians; the ying or nutritive postnatal level, with speciﬁc acupuncture points; and the wei level, to release any tensions around the neck and shoulders.
The tuning forks are applied to speciﬁc acupuncture and chakra points in the body as well as the face and neck area. Each tuning fork is struck and then placed on the body and next too the ears. Since the average human body is made up of approximately 57% ﬂuid (approx 40 litres) it makes an ideal conductor or resonator for sound, with the ability to reach places not easily accessed by traditional medicine.
Using a process of collaboration between patient and therapist we use the tuning forks to correct imbalances, uncover emotions, stimulate growth and development whilst transforming and facilitating inner harmony and wholeness.
What to expect on your ﬁrst visit
The initial consultation for Facial Soundscapes is two hours and includes an extensive interview on lifestyle and goals, facial analysis. During treatment you will feel vibrations pass through your body, at times intense but with the result of extreme relaxation. Following a treatment one usually observes an increased glow to the complexion, the result of increased Qi (energy) and blood ﬂow to the face. The personʼs face appears more “open”, there is a clarity in the eyes, and the patient appears to be more rested.
Wrinkles start to lessen and the skin appears more toned. The chin may be more ﬁrm and bags under the eyes may have lessened (all dependent upon which area of the face we have been working on).
A series of nine treatments for full, permanent beneﬁts, with monthly maintenance thereafter is recommended.