I can finally publish on my blog page again! Yeah! Yes, it's been quite a while, I know. I recently got training to do Chan'Beaute (see the other page about it for details) and I am proud to report that I am the only one in Southwest Washington who does this amazing service. Since folks don't know what Chan'Beaute is I will be doing some public presentations in the near future about it. Keep an eye on this page!
I often tell people that I learned esthetics in order to introduce people to Reiki. And it's true. When I was trying to figure out what I was going to do in the second half of my life, I knew that Reiki had to be part of it. I myself had been helped by people doing Reiki on me, and I wanted to return the favor to others.
Here's how I do it. During the last part of a facial treatment I apply a soothing or cleansing facial mask to my clients. I then give them a hand massage and after that a Reiki "zap," a short Reiki treatment, while their masks are working. The Reiki "zap" goes on for about five to ten minutes. The clients are already at ease when I begin the Reiki, and the Reiki often makes them relaxed enough to doze or even sleep deeply. When the facial is done my clients will feel refreshed and and energetic. I am always delighted when my clients get a little more peace of mind from my treatment.
When people come in for a facial with me they can always expect this wonderful "bonus service," Reiki.
It's a hard thing, working with your nightly dreams. Even so masterful a dreamworker as Carl Jung said he hated, as well as loved, having to deal with his dreams. Trying to find meaning through all the tangle of emotions, colors and images of a dream can be a frustrating business. But, really, it's worth doing.
Keeping a dream journal and writing dreams down requires discipline and objectivity. Starting to parse through the symbols and stories of dreams also demands humility. Dreams are Nature's mirror; the bad as well as the good about you are reflected right back, without any filter. That's why cultivating a sense of humor about the less than pretty things a dream is pointing out is a great idea.
Dream work is soul work. To work with your dreams supports you in your goal to evolve into the fullest and finest version of yourself.
I'm inaugurating my blog with a few words about good skin care. The basics of good skin care are very simple. Don't smoke or be a sun-worshipper. Go easy on alcohol. Eat balanced meals and get a good night's rest. (Avoid sleeping pills, by the way. They dry out your skin.) Exercise and meditate. Drink lots of water.
This is a recipe for good health as well as good skin. Your skin is the biggest organ of your body and reflects the way you treat your body. If you eat meals with too much salt in them your body can collect water and cause you to have puffy eyes. If you eat too much sugar you could cause an acne breakout on your face, as the sugar can encourage bacterial growth in your pores. Smoking will cause crow's feet and other wrinkles.
And need I mention that tanning is actually skin damage, folks, with long-term health repercussions?
Now, I'm not a Puritan and want you to enjoy yourself occasionally. But here in the U.S.A. we eat lots of bad food and we do it constantly. I often watch what the person in front of me in the grocery store check-out line is buying. The processed, sugary and fatty items often outnumber the wholesome foods being purchased. I am similarly appalled when I see male construction workers on the job in the blazing sun without shirts and probably without sunscreen on. And nobody wearing hats with big brims when they are exposed to the sun for hours.
Well, I'm done and am about to get off my soapbox. I, as your esthetician, will do my part to make you look better. If you follow the guidelines I have listed in the first paragraph you will make my job easier. Appreciate it!