06-Mar-2017 - Niroshini on Tinnitus
At Niroshini Cosmetic Acupuncture, we often get queries from clients about whether or not Facial Acupuncture can reduce symptoms of tinnitus. In this article, we are going to explore what tinnitus is, the cause, who experiences it, the spiritual meaning and how Facial Acupuncture may help.
Have you ever experienced a low, medium or high pitched ringing, buzzing or whistling sound perceived within the ears or the head which are not from an external source? You’re not alone; this is experienced by approximately 30 percent of the population. This invasive sound is called tinnitus.
The ear however, is not responsible for this sound; it is the brain. Sound information is processed via a very specific brain area known as the auditory cortex. However, research has shown that it’s not just the brain area that regulates the auditory cortex that allows the tinnitus tone to invade into our consciousness; it’s also the areas regulating attention, emotions and stress combined.
Tinnitus can come and go or be continuous. It can be experienced by anyone of any age.
There are many reasons why someone may get tinnitus. It can be associated with hearing loss or being exposed to loud noises. It can be related to other conditions such as anxiety, high blood pressure, even an adverse reaction to a variety of prescription drugs – something as simple as aspirin can cause ringing in the ears.
This intrusive sound may not cause discomfort to some as it may only become more recognisable at quiet times i.e. before falling asleep. However, in other cases, some people find that it completely affects their lives on a daily basis and research has shown that it can cause stress, anxiety and depression. A study carried out by the Royal National Institute of the Deaf, showed that tinnitus even affected personal relationships, from intimacy to lack of understanding about their partners condition and the stress caused by the symptom itself.
The spiritual meaning of tinnitus... is there something in it?
More and more people seem to be experiencing tinnitus and the spiritual understanding of this, is that frequencies and vibrations are changing on planet Earth as we evolve into more conscious beings.
The ringing is said to do with energy; frequency matter and frequency adjustment.
The understanding is that the collective consciousness, wants us to raise our own vibration; to tune in more – to understand more. In effect, you’re being asked to raise your frequency to match that frequency. To think light, happy thoughts raises you up.
If the ringing gets too much – as in too much energy – tone it down. You can do this by visualising a dial and turning it down. This simple technique of visualisation can be extremely effective.
Facial Acupuncture for tinnitus
Since the 1970's, Doctors in China have pioneered the use of Facial Acupuncture for pain control, anaesthesia, regulating the immune system and internal organ function. The beauty of this form of acupuncture is that it is safe, efficient and effective. It can be a very effectual protocol for addressing tinnitus.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, there would be three key areas to consider in the case of tinnitus: “kidney deficiency - yin or yang”, “damp and/or phlegm blocking the gall bladder channel” or “local stagnation of damp and phlegm and Qi blood blocking the ear nose and throat”. These descriptions may sound scary but it’s simply suggesting that there is an imbalance in the meridian pathways that run throughout our bodies.
Some may suggest that in order to treat tinnitus fully, distal points (acupuncture points on other areas of the body) are required or to support the system with the addition of using traditional Chinese Medicine herbs. However, at Niroshini Cosmetic Acupuncture, we have found that our Facial Acupuncture alone has had remarkable results on helping to reduce the tinnitus tone.
If you would like more information, please contact us on: email@example.com We are at your disposal.
Thank you to Anibal Toro for the use of this photograph.
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20-Feb-2017 - Microneedling - how does it work?
Non-ablative procedure, Micro Needle Therapy (MNT), known as Collagen Induction Therapy in the cosmetic medical industry, is a method to help combat signs of aging, acne scarring and uneven skin on the face and body. The handheld medical roller is a handled tool with a rotating head which has up to 200 micro needles. As each tiny needle penetrates the skin, the body brings in its own healing mechanisms to repair it and this is done by producing new collagen. It is vital that your face is thoroughly cleaned; this procedure needs to be carried out under sterile conditions. It is important to be mindful of hygiene as it is an invasive treatment. A topical anaesthetic cream or gel must be applied before the medical roller is used.
Non-ablative procedures are where the topmost layer of skin, known as the epidermis, remains intact and is not removed. MNT is a treatment to encourage the production of collagen without removing this outer layer of skin unlike “ablative” treatments such as chemical peels, some laser treatments and microdermabrasion.
Keeping this surface layer intact helps it maintain its role as an essential barrier; preventing dehydration, protecting from ultra violet radiation and stopping the entry of foreign bodies.
Be aware, that in some cases there are side effects and you need to have that discussion with your practitioner before going ahead with the treatment. It is also important to add that there is a shedding of dead skin cells in the downtime following the treatment and it usually takes up to 3 weeks until the appearance of the skin is completely smooth again.
As the procedure is only a collagen induction therapy, it can’t target muscle toning which is required if you want to address sagging skin.
Alternatively, if you wanted to undertake a different facial rejuvenation treatment which can also address sagging skin, why not try our Niroshini Cosmetic Acupuncture Ritual. The Ritual is a completely natural alternative to Botox and cosmetic surgery, addressing multiple health and beauty concerns. Focusing on holistic wellbeing, the treatment combines facial and cosmetic acupuncture along with specialised lymphatic drainage, working together to create “rejuvenation from the inside out”.
The Niroshini Ritual not only focuses on cosmetic concerns but also overall health and wellbeing. The “Niroshini Method” that we’ve developed focuses on musculoskeletal issues as well as regulating the immune system and internal organ function.
The cosmetic acupuncture techniques can help with many skin requirements including sagging skin, fine lines, wrinkles, dry skin and acne. The improvement to facial contour is by using lifting and muscle toning techniques, invigorating Qi (energy) and blood circulation.
To ensure each session is bespoke, a detailed “Niroshini Treatment Plan Development” session is held beforehand to assess health requirements and desired results. The treatment is completely tailored to each individual.
The session also includes the option of a complimentary hand and arm massage for a truly relaxing two hour ritual.
So what are our results like? Here’s some feedback from one of our client’s that has experienced both MNT and the Niroshini Ritual: “I have used dermal rollers for years to combat signs of aging, however, it never achieved the quite simply, dramatic results that the Niroshini Ritual has. I have a clean jaw line, all my deep wrinkles have completely gone and the skin is lifted above my eyes”.
If you would like to find out more, please visit: http://niroshini-acupuncture.com/treatment-options
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21-Nov-2016 - Niroshini on Zinc
Zinc is an essential mineral that we all need in order to be healthy. Only a small amount is required each day, yet some studies have shown that many people suffer from a deficiency in their diet. This can have serious consequences as the mineral plays such a vital role in our wellbeing.
Working in a similar way to an antioxidant, the mineral combats the formation of damaging free radicals and protects the cells that are responsible for creating collagen. Collagen is broken down by UV rays, pollution and ageing so anything that can be done to assist its production has to be worthwhile.
Used topically on wounds, zinc has been observed to have a healing effect on the area and some acne sufferers report good results using both a topical application and by the use of supplements. Not only do some say that it has lessened the incidence of acne but that any outbreaks that do occur heal much quicker and leave fewer scars.
Zinc is needed to activate the body's T-Cells (white blood cells that are a sort of policeman, travelling around our bodies seeking out and neutralising abnormal cells and infections). In other words, lack of zinc can affect their function and leave our immune response extremely vulnerable.
It is also important in the hippocampus area of the brain, the region associated with memory and learning, as it's believed to assist in the process that strengthens the connections between the neurons.
Not only does this mineral help strengthen our immune system, our brain function and assist in the repair of skin damage, it can even be useful in combating common winter ailments. As the cold and flu season approaches, it may be worthwhile investing in some zinc lozenges. These have been shown to reduce the severity and length of colds and sore throats.
Food sources of zinc include red meats such as beef and lamb and cooked oysters. Spinach and pumpkin seeds are sources too but as it is much more prevalent in meat, deficiency is something that many vegetarians may suffer from.
For women, the current RDA (recommended daily allowance) of zinc is 8mg (11mg for men) however this is not necessarily the optimum quantity but the general consensus of opinion seems to be that no more than 40mg of the mineral should be taken each day. Too much zinc can interfere with the absorption of other minerals by the body, especially copper so it is important not to exceed the limit unless directed by your doctor.
It is useful to gain an understanding of how minerals and vitamins affect our wellbeing and we would advise that medical guidance is sought to ensure that the correct balance of nutrients is being achieved. Our philosophy of health and beauty here at Niroshini is grounded in a holistic approach. We encourage all our clients to strive for harmony in mind, body and spirit. For us, this is where true natural beauty begins.
To find out more about how Melissa can help you achieve your health and beauty goals, visit our treatment page: http://niroshini-acupuncture.com/treatment-options/
Thank you to Alena Getman for the use of this photograph.
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31-Oct-2016 - Laying Ourselves Bare
Cosmetic Acupuncture, facelifts, cosmetic surgery and other beauty therapies require that the client invests a great deal of trust in medical staff and practitioners.
We are reliant on the skill of the person performing the treatment and have to have faith that they understand our needs, our fears and our expectations. We have every right to be reassured that the products and methods being used are suitable and that they are of the highest standard.
We should feel confident and be one hundred per cent sure that anything that passes between therapist and client, whether it relates to the procedure or whether it is personal conversation, remains entirely confidential.
Most of all, we want to feel safe which is not just about those things we’ve already identified – the qualifications and experience of the staff and quality of the products – it means safe in the sense of being seen as an individual, with a unique experience of the world and our own passions, our own worries and our own personal history. Safe in the sense that we shouldn’t have to fear being judged.
When we are being assessed to decide which treatment is going to best suit our requirements, we do want honesty and usually are already aware of a particular aspect of our appearance that we would like to improve upon but this doesn’t mean we should be made to feel less feminine and beautiful than we actually are, simply because we may not meet a standard list of “criteria” for the modern image of beauty.
A different way...
The Niroshini approach differs from many other centres because we regard clients as already being beautiful. In our view, beauty originates from many sources; a kind heart, a passion for life, inner strength and a warm smile. It is holistic and Melissa’s vision for Niroshini has always been centred on celebrating all of the aspects of character and appearance and treating the whole person. It is important to her to know that each client’s experience of the entire process, from first contact through to final treatment and after care, is going to make them feel nurtured and understood, as well as appreciated for being unique and beautiful.
If you would like to know more about Melissa’s philosophy and what she has to offer, please take a look at our Treatment Options or contact Melissa on firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to Joey Bautista for the use of this photograph.
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17-Oct-2016 - Identity – do you know who you are?
When you think about your identity, what springs to mind? Do you think of your hair, skin and eyes or perhaps your key personality traits? What about your family, friends or facts about yourself? These certainly make up who you are but these items compromise your “outer layer”; your mirror reflection - your human interactivity. But identity of self goes deeper, touching your spiritual being, your soul, your true inner thoughts and feelings.
The zodiac is a small but significant band of space that wraps around our earth and is regularly intercepted by constellations that, thousands of years ago, ancient astrologers attributed to certain “signs” which are grouped by four essential elements (Fire, Earth, Air and Water) which when combined, allow life to thrive. The following list gives details of the 12 original signs, plus the 13th zodiac sign Ophiuchus which due to shifts of the earth’s position in relation to the zodiac, has become relevant.
The New Dates:
Capricorn: Jan. 20 - Feb. 16
Aquarius: Feb. 16 - March 11
Pisces: March 11- April 18
Aries: April 18 - May 13
Taurus: May 13 - June 21
Gemini: June 21 - July 20
Cancer: July 20 - Aug. 10
Leo: Aug. 10 - Sept. 16
Virgo: Sept. 16 - Oct. 30
Libra: Oct. 30 - Nov. 23
Scorpio: Nov. 23 - Nov. 29
Ophiuchus: Nov. 29 - Dec. 17
Sagittarius: Dec. 17 - Jan. 20
The elements pertaining to the Zodiac are symbolic of the sign they relate to. These elements, along with their corresponding signs, will allow you to find a greater understanding of not only yourself but others around you; their personalities, interests and life choices. Giving time to greater understanding of the human as a whole will encourage a more pure state of interconnectedness which is gained by both human presence and spiritual connection.
Within the phenomenon of interconnectedness, it is important to discuss how mind and body are interconnected within ourselves too. Biology, immune system, digestive system, bloodstream, mental capacity, creativity, emotions and thoughts are all working together in harmony within the body and supporting you as a person, as a whole. This whole being is interconnected with everyone and everything else alive within our world.
Interconnectedness permits us to feel attached to all things within our world and all beings around us. For example, the pure joy we can feel that another’s emotions can influence your own, how your feelings and actions could encourage another in either strength or weakness. Our nature is to connect with people around us and find a strength in numbers. Interconnectedness and spirituality is the intangible side of our identity.
To truly understand our identity we must acknowledge, of course, that we are also surrounded by physical, tangible objects that are both alive and non-living. Everything, you included, came from something, from somewhere.
“…The knowledge that the atoms that compromise life on earth, the atoms that make up the human body are traceable to the crucibles that cooked the light elements into heavy elements in their core. Under extreme pressures and temperatures… they collapsed and exploded”. ~ Neil DeGrasse Tyson
This exploration into where we came from, is a fantastic insight into human identity. To understand and feel that we are part of this universe but also that the universe is also us, is as important as understanding that we are part of an interconnected network.
This provides us with a level of connectivity to our natural world. Within the universe there are two layers; matter and spirit. Without one or the other, there would be no functionality and humans could not interact, integrate or become connected to one another. Spirituality allows us to connect to ourselves, to our surroundings, nature, the world and the universe. This feeling is what encourages and allows us to be interconnected and to truly find our identity in mind, body and spirit.
Thank you to Alexandria K Passe for the use of this photograph.
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27-Sep-2016 - Autumn Beauty
Autumn is here and there is a distinct chill in the air. Cold weather can have a detrimental effect on our complexions and our wellbeing in general. Here are Melissa's top five holistic tips for looking after ourselves and our skin over the coming months.
1. Stay hydrated. Keep drinking plenty of water - cold and wind can be very drying and fresh water with a slice of lemon can stave off hunger pangs, keep the mind alert and of course help hydrate the skin. If you need warming up or just want a change, herbal teas can provide hydration and add an extra dimension. Green tea is a favourite and it is thought that its powerful antioxidant, EGCG, lowers cholesterol by inhibiting its absorption. The human body is composed of two-thirds water so hydration is pretty important!
2. Continue to apply sunscreen. Don’t be fooled into thinking that your skin cannot be damaged by the sun on cloudy days. Those harmful UVA rays will still permeate the clouds and wreak havoc on your complexion all year round. Use a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and reapply whenever you get the chance. It's also a good idea not to pack away the sunglasses just because the weather has changed. We still get bright, sunny days even in the depths of winter and sunglasses will provide extra protection to the delicate skin around the eyes.
3. Make sure you are getting enough vitamins. C, E and A are strong in antioxidants which counter the effects of free radicals. Broccoli, red peppers and citrus fruits are great natural sources. The B group of vitamins actually form the basis for skin cells and keeping topped up with B vitamins can improve skin elasticity. It can be found in eggs, meat and avocado. If you feel you may be deficient in any vitamins or minerals and your diet does not allow for natural consumption, consider supplements.
4.Keep stress at bay. This time of year can spell anxiety for many people. Preparations start for Christmas, summer holidays are a distant memory and it can seem that there's not much to look forward to. Couple that with the depressing reality that we get up for work in the dark and return in the dark and it's easy to see how stress can take its toll. Meditate, take gentle exercise and do try to find a few moments for yourself.
5. Enhance your natural good looks. If you feel in need of some additional help to look your beautiful best as the party season approaches but don't want to try a procedure that is invasive or aggressive, consider cosmetic acupuncture. A weekly treatment will not only rejuvenate your skin but will allow you two hours of time in quiet, sensual surroundings, being pampered. Melissa will guide you through the whole process and answer any questions you may have. Book now for your ten week course.
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19-Sep-2016 - The importance of looking after your nails
Aside from the occasional or perhaps regular manicure, how often do you think about your nails - either as part of your beauty routine or just how healthy they are?
Nails are an excellent indicator of our overall health and it's well-known that there are signs, (such as peeling, discolouration or flaking) we should be aware of that can be symptomatic of other issues. However, nails themselves also need looking after to keep them strong yet supple and should be thought of as what they are - an extension of your skin! (Also, the perfect little places to add a splash of colour to any outfit!).
Nails are made from keratin; the same as our hair but due to the accumulation of keratin in the area, are far stronger. The nail itself is dead however the nail bed and cuticle is very much alive and needs the same care as the skin on any other part of your body. Nail beds and cuticles require oxygen and minerals to keep the nail secure and healthy so it’s worth remembering when moisturising your hands to pay special attention to the cuticle and work some mineral-rich oil or cream in to the area.
When one thinks of nails, we mostly think of pretty colours and polishes or the chic French manicure, topping off elegant fingers. To achieve this look, many women are regulars in the nail salon and are offered a range of long-lasting options to keep their nails chip-free and glamourous. Alongside the many harsh cosmetic treatments to come out in recent years, (Vampire facial, anyone?) there has been a boom in the nail salon industry and the accessibility to express gel or acrylic manicures.
Acrylic manicures involve the filing down of the nail surface and a nail shaped tip being glued on, painted, polished and filed to the desired shape. These usually last anywhere up to 3 weeks before in-fills are needed. There are also gel manicures which last approximately two weeks and involve several layers of special polish applied and then hardened between each coat under a UV light.
There is significant evidence that acrylic extensions can be extremely bad for the natural nail and can cause your nails to become very thin, painful and flaky – which is only obvious once you take them off. Although gel nails have less of an impact on the nail surface, leading dermatologists have recently been discussing practices of application which require you to place both hands in a direct UV light for minutes at a time on each visit, increasing the risk of developing skin cancer.
Acrylic and gel nails can also both block oxygen from reaching the nail bed thus starving that part of your skin and causing painful and unhealthy areas around the base of the nail. Some standard application nail polishes can be beneficial due to their hardening and strengthening qualities but other, low quality polishes can stain the nail from being too highly pigmented and can also weaken the nail by blocking oxygen.
So what can you do?
• Make sure you give your nails a break from time to time; take off all polishes and apply a nutrient and mineral-rich cuticle oil and a soothing hand cream. Do this several times whilst the nails are bare.
• If you use a salon, be wary of how they sterilise their equipment – you don’t want to pick up any infections.
• Use good quality nail varnishes to ensure they aren’t too heavy (oxygen-inhibiting) or too pigmented (cause staining).
• Be aware of current practices and warnings.
• Make sure you read up on the risks of treatment before you decide to go ahead.
Thank you to Steven Santiago for the use of this photograph.
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29-Aug-2016 - The low down on contouring
What is contouring?
Contouring is a technique that uses three makeup products to sculpt areas of the face so that your features appear more defined or slimmer. By using your normal base colour (foundation, BB cream or tinted moisturiser), a product such as foundation or powder two shades darker and the same product two shades lighter; you are able to add extra shadow and highlights to create a contoured look.
Types of contouring
There are essentially two types of contouring: the natural contour and the “heavy natural”. Today we will talk about the natural contour which is designed to complement your already beautiful face and skin rather than mask it.
Natural contouring is designed to add depth whilst using gentle strokes and small amounts of product in strategic areas across the face to subtly define and accentuate your features. Conversely, “heavy natural”, builds layers of product to give an obviously made up look and can often completely change how a person’s face looks, much like a disguise.
Who contours and when?
This is the interesting bit. Contouring has long been seen as the reserve of teenage girls and particularly, millennials. However this is no longer the case and this relatively simple technique is being used by more and more women in their day to day makeup routine or reserved for evening makeup looks.
When to contour and how much time to spend creating the look, is entirely up to the individual. Contouring takes a bit of practice to perfect and as the real secret is to blend, blend, blend - it can also take a while to achieve the natural effect.
What products to use?
When deciding what products to use to contour, you have several options... Always start with your normal base (which matches your skin tone), be that foundation, BB cream or tinted moisturiser. Next you need to choose your contour product and highlighter. The best for beginners is using your normal brand of foundation two shades darker for contouring and one, two shades lighter for highlighting. Using a stick foundation will help with precision and using the same product allover means blending will be a breeze. Aside from the main products, you will also need a good blending brush or beauty blender sponge and a loose powder for setting.
Option two, is a powder contouring pallet which will usually include both contouring colours and highlighters – choosing the right tools to apply the products is particularly important if you use powders, as you will need to be precise. Fan brushes are excellent but if you don’t have one, a clean and dry foundation brush will also work.
How to contour
1. Prep your skin. Exfoliate if you need to, then apply your usual toner and daytime moisturiser and allow it to settle into the skin (5 – 10 minutes) before carrying on.
2. Apply a good primer, if you use one - this will help your foundation and all other products stay on for longer and stop them becoming caked or sliding off.
3. Apply your usual base. Using a foundation brush, beauty blender or your fingers. Apply your foundation working from the centre of your face outwards.
a. Suck in your cheeks and apply a small amount of the darker product underneath the cheekbone on both sides of your face.
b. Apply a small amount of the darker product on your jaw line and on your temples.
c. Again, add a small amount of product along the top of your hairline either side of your face (working toward the middle).
d. Last place, from where your eyebrow meets your nose, dot small amounts down each side of your nose and just under the tip.
5. Don’t blend yet! You will have lines and dots everywhere - this is fine. Now take the lighter shade and highlight;
a. Apply the lighter shade on your cheekbones and underneath the darker product on your cheekbones, down the centre of your nose, on your cupids bow and on your chin.
b. Apply a small amount under each eyebrow, close to the hairs and a small amount above each eyebrow too.
c. Apply under your eyes in a triangle shape.
d. Lastly, apply the lighter shade in-between your eyebrows in a fan shape (the one triangle point facing the top of your nose).
6. Blend, blend, blend! Once you’ve applied both lighter and darker shades, use a clean damp beauty blender or stippling brush and start by blending the colour under your cheekbones toward the hairline. Using gentle strokes keep going until you blend away any lines or dots.
7. Once blended, use a large fluffy brush to set your contour with a loose powder. You can now add blush to the apples of your cheeks.
Practice absolutely makes perfect when it comes to contouring so keep trying and you will be able to achieve a natural, sculpted look!
Thank you to hairdresseronfire for the use of this photograph.
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15-Aug-2016 - Vitamin B12 – how important is it?
Vitamin B12 is one of many vitamins our bodies need to function correctly. Some of its many uses within the body include enzyme production, DNA synthesis, balancing hormones and stopping adrenal fatigue. B12 is part of the B vitamin family and is a water-soluble vitamin which is excreted from the body quickly and why you need to top up levels regularly.
A deficiency in B12 is notoriously difficult to diagnose due to its wide reaching use throughout the body and therefore low levels can affect many systems, possibly leading to serious issues. A suspected deficiency in B12 is cause to see a medical professional, however, even without a suspected deficiency, it’s still important to consider if your body is receiving enough of this essential vitamin.
What are the benefits of B12?
1. Encourages healthy skin & hair
Vitamin B12 is a major part of cell reproduction. B12 benefits your skin in so many ways; it reduces redness, inflammation, dryness and spots whilst also supporting healthy hair and nail growth. B12 is not easily digested so to bypass the stomach, you can purchase a B12 transdermal spray which penetrates the skin and goes into your bloodstream in a few seconds. For directly affected areas of skin with conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, you can purchase cream with B12 in which can be very beneficial.
2. Assists with energy
B12 is needed to convert carbohydrates in to glucose (sugar that fuels our bodies) and gives us the energy to live our day-to-day lives without fatiguing. It is also said to have a positive effect on memory and brain function.
3. Aids digestion
Linked closely with increasing energy levels due to its function within the metabolism, B12 also encourages a healthy stomach and aids digestion. It promotes healthy bacteria within the stomach whilst also killing off bad bacteria; this helps to ensure food is digested correctly and the required nutrients are able to be absorbed.
4. Enhances mood
B12 is a well-known mood booster and many studies have found a clear link between low levels of B12 and depression/anxiety disorders. Keeping your B12 levels topped up by eating correctly or taking additional supplements, may help if you’re feeling low.
B12 is predominantly found in animal based products, meaning that vegans are at higher risk of becoming B12 deficient. However many vegan and vegetarian foods contain added vitamins and minerals which should go someway to counteracting the lack of animal-based B12. The highest levels are found in chicken and beef liver but if you don’t fancy that on a regular basis, salmon, herring and mackerel are also excellent sources.
A lack of B12 will usually be visible in your skin. Premature fine lines and wrinkles, dry or patchy skin and pale or red skin, are all key signs that you may need to up your B12 intake.
Niroshini use a set of specific techniques that regulate the immune and organ function and can help support the body’s use of B12. To find out more, please visit our treatment options page here: http://niroshini-acupuncture.com/treatment-options/
Thank you to Lenny K Photography for the use of this photograph.
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01-Aug-2016 - History of Eyebrows
Have you ever finished your makeup, looked in the mirror and thought “I just don’t look right today”. As beautiful as you all are, you may have been right and the reason, may have been your eyebrows playing up.
Our eyebrows are a functional feature and like most things in our bodies (bar the appendix, does anyone know what the appendix even does?!) they serve a purpose. Hair on the whole, is designed to keep dirt and sweat out of places it shouldn’t be, in this case – the eyes.
Since records began, eyebrows have been a prominent part of many historical cultures. For example, the earliest recording of eyebrow interest was the Ancient Egyptians who believed makeup had supernatural powers (this I still believe could be true!) and were famous for using a carbon and black oxide substance as the very first liquid eyeliner. A key feature of the Ancient Egyptian look was heavily lined eyes; this meant their eyebrows needed to be as prominent to balance the look.
More recently, eyebrows have been constantly changing and evolving in line with fashion. Each decade of the last one hundred years, has seen vastly different designs from pencil thin, to completely unedited – the brow is the most obvious fashion item everyone owns.
The 1920’s star, Clara Bow, famously shaved off her eyebrows and redrew them in the style of the time – a pencil thin line, slightly longer than the natural brow. The 1940’s were a time of natural brows, Vaseline was used to sculpt brows into a high arc and keep them neat, without any removal or colour added.
Moving to the 1950’s, the end of the war and rationing meant that women had disposable income to spend on makeup. Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor all wore their brows thick, defined and highly arched - this look was achieved by filling in the gaps with colour and plucking brows for neatness, much like we do today.
Hippies and disco divided the look in the 1970’s and this divide carried on for the next few decades. In the disco scene, Diana Ross was completely removing her brows, making space for more disco makeup and creating a whole fashion followed by millions over the next 20 years.
On the flip side, hippies went for the natural look; minimal effort and minimal changes meant brows were thick, thin, barely there or very dark. This look continued through the 80’s and 90’s with Madonna carrying on the natural undefined style. The 90’s grunge scene subsequently adopted this easy-going style. Disco brows were also seen throughout the 80’s and 90’s; pencil thin, an obviously drawn on line and usually very flamboyant. This is the brow that many of us will remember and possibly, if you are emulating the latest look of very thick brows, will still be feeling the effects of.
One person can define the current fashion for brows: Cara Delevigne. The top super model of the moment that has big, bushy brows. Cara’s brows have been copied the world over. The launch of her hugely successful career sparked a return to the Audrey Hepburn era of eyebrows. Big and bold yet defined and tidy.
Now, the tattooed eyebrow is booming – however, like fashion, the look of the eyebrow will forever evolve so permanent for some, may be regretted in years to come...
Brows are most certainly a fashion statement and regardless of if you follow the trends, they are right in the middle of your face so you need to look after them - just like skin and nails.
Some simple tips to follow include:
• Don’t over pluck! Over-plucking for consistent periods of time can lead to brow regrowth being sparse and uneven.
• If you are trying to grow out your brows, try rubbing a drop of olive oil into the sparse areas each day to stimulate hair growth
• If you aren’t confident, it’s always better to have brows professionally shaped. DIY is absolutely fine for tidying up but if you need shaping, it’s much trickier and easy to leave your brows uneven.
Niroshini offer complimentary eyebrow shaping and tinting, if you have 10 sessions of Niroshini Cosmetic Acupuncture or as a stand-alone treatment. Using only natural dyes and ancient sugaring techniques, Niroshini can sculpt the brow you want. If you have been thinking of having your brows shaped, why not give it a go this summer?
Thank you to PiX Fav for the use of this photograph.
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18-Jul-2016 - The male hormonal cycle
Men, like women, experience hormonal cycles as we all have the same hormones which function the same way. The differences that we see between men and women occur because of the amount, the pattern or the way the hormone interacts with male and female bodies. Albeit not as obvious as the female cycle, there is much evidence from Endocrinologists that hormones play a pivotal role in the day to day and monthly cycles of men, affecting everything from sleep to sex to stress.
The endocrine system controls the body’s hormones and commands body activity through the hypothalamus and pituitary glands. These glands control by sending out messages to organs like adrenal glands, thyroid, pancreas and for men, testes. The hormones controlled by the Endocrine system in turn control or affect key areas:-
• Cortisol and Epinephrine: stress
Although a little stress is fine, (it would be near impossible to avoid all!) too much stress can keep the level of cortisol raised and your body on high-alert. This consistent elevation affects the metabolic system and tells your body to store fat as an emergency response. To try and balance this out, try to relax, do a little more exercise and drink plenty of water. This may not get rid of the stress-inducing factor but will go some way to encouraging your body to lower the cortisol levels!
• Leptin, CCK, Insulin and Grehlin: weight
The hormone ghrelin tells neurons in your hypothalamus to make you feel hungry and prompt you to eat. Filling the stomach with food, causes it to stretch which then causes your body to release CCK, the hormone for supressing appetite which therefore makes you feel full. At this point, the body begins to metabolise a meal and prompts the release of leptin; a further appetite suppressant.
When you ingest too much sugar the body begins to secrete excess leptin. Although in the correct amount leptin is a suppressant, when disrupted, leptin actually tells the body to send out hunger signals – meaning more is eaten and you put on weight. To combat this, the best thing to do is eat less sugar; try looking at low sugar alternatives or upping the amount of vegetables and low GI fruits you eat instead of carbohydrates. This will encourage weight loss and also benefit your whole body, including your skin!
• Testosterone, LH, FSH: sex
Both men and women have testosterone (and oestrogen), just in different amounts.
One key factor of male hormonal cycles is the frequency. Where women’s are in a monthly cycle, men’s are often erratic; some fluctuate hourly, daily, monthly or even over a period of years. However, there is some regularity with men’s testosterone levels. These tend to rise throughout the night, peak first thing in the morning and level off by lunch time. Interestingly, men’s hormones also cycle throughout the year; studies conducted in the US, France and Australia found that men’s testosterone levels reach their highest in October and are at their lowest in April -with a hefty decline of 22%.
• Thyroxine: energy
The thyroid gland controls your metabolism and your metabolism in turn controls how your body converts calories in to energy. The hypothalamus detects fatigue, this causes the pituitary gland to tell your thyroid to secrete thyroxine. Thyroxine floods through your body, reaching nearly every cell and causes your body temperature to increase along with your heart rate.
We all know how important “having energy” is. There’s a huge array of products, lifestyles and exercises out there that are said to increase energy levels and whilst it’s entirely possible that what you eat, what you do or don’t do and environmental factors can affect energy, there is also the possibility that disruption of your thyroid could be to blame for low energy levels.
If you do suffer with low energy which isn’t medical, one way to combat this is looking after the next hormone, melatonin - the hormone which regulates sleep!
• Melatonin: sleep
Controlled by your pineal gland, melatonin is secreted once the sun goes down and you are in darkness. Melatonin helps you fall asleep and also regulates the circadian rhythm (your body’s personal 24-hour rhythm which tells you when to sleep/wake).
Melatonin production is at its highest in the middle of the night and can be disrupted by low levels of artificial light. For healthy sleep, it is best to have the room in complete darkness and at a relatively low temperature. Many people find that going to sleep at a similar time and sleeping for between seven to nine hours per night allows for the most restful sleep. Good quality sleep will help with energy levels the following day.
The very complicated Endocrine system is designed to support our body’s every day needs whether we are male or female. Just like the rest of your body, your hormones can be looked after by looking after the areas that can be affected. Helpful starting points are eating well, practicing relaxation techniques, exercising regularly, looking after your skin and drinking plenty of water – your hormones will thank you for it!
If you experience stress or lack of sleep, why not try Niroshini's "Facial Acupuncture" (specifically for health benefits). To find out more, visit: http://niroshini-acupuncture.com/treatment-options/
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04-Jul-2016 - The Culture of Skincare
What kind of woman likes to look after her skin? How old is she? What colour is her skin? Does she use products to repair the damage done or also take steps to protect her skin from the elements?
The answer: “she” is everyone and anyone, “she” is someone who chooses to look after her skin in any way she feels best for her and “she” could also be “he” as of course, many men also love to look after their skin.
Niroshini is designing a line of luxury products which will help keep skin looking beautiful by using organic and indulgent ingredients. Many of us know that looking after your skin on a daily, weekly and monthly basis is worthwhile but what about preventative measures?
An obvious element to protect yourself from is the sun. In this respect, all of us likely use a 30+ SPF on our faces as many foundations, BB creams and tinted moisturisers contain it. It’s worth noting that you should use SPF even when the sun isn’t shining, the rays that cause damage such as fine lines, wrinkles and sunspots still get through the clouds.
Another method to protect the skin is to cover up. Many women who love their skin also wear a veil; be this for cultural, religious or indeed for protection from the elements. In particularly arid regions, the veil is used by women to protect themselves from sandstorms, the wind and the fierce heat of the sun. Also, in many cultures, the veil is used to protect women’s modesty and is a major part of the heritage of the country and peoples.
At Niroshini, we believe that women choose to take care of their appearance and look after themselves simply because it makes them feel good and not necessarily because anyone else can see the effects; this is never truer than for our clients who choose to cover their faces with a veil.
We recently posted a blog about Ramadan and used an incredibly beautiful image of a veiled woman; with bright and fresh skin, it is evident to see that she must look after it. The veil itself is a beautiful item regardless for what reason it is worn and the options are endless for women to choose from; plain, patterned, beaded, brightly coloured or even jewelled. Dolce & Gabbana has proven with their very popular new line “Abaya” which includes items such as long dresses and veils, that women who choose to cover their skin are just as included in the world of luxury fashion and beauty as those who wish to wear less.
As a global brand, with a multicultural market, we celebrate all women, all ethnicities and all cultures and include anyone who wishes to look after their skin, their well-being or even just occasionally read our varied blogs!
Do you have any beautiful images of women revelling in their own skin and femininity while showing their heritage that you would like to share? If you do, we would just love to see them; it will help us plan another blog to celebrate another culture!
To get in touch, visit: http://niroshini-acupuncture.com/contact-us/
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20-Jun-2016 - The Summer Solstice – a time for appreciating nature and the beauty around us
The Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year, where (depending where in the world you are) we are able to enjoy around 17 hours of daylight and hopefully, vitamin D packed sunshine.
A day of celebration for many the world over, the Summer Solstice marks the time when the sun’s path changes and our days begin to shorten. The word Solstice is derived from the Latin words sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still) – before reversing direction, Astrologers say the sun appears to “stand still” at the position on the horizon where it seems to rise and set.
The Summer Solstice fell between the planting and harvesting of crops, allowing people who farmed or worked on the land time to relax and revitalise ready for the hard work of harvest and the winter beyond. Due to this rest period and increased free time, June is the traditional month for weddings.
Celebrations surrounding the Solstice have many different themes; religion, fertility and successful harvests being among them. Pagans hold religious rituals on the Solstice with a wide variety of customs. Dancing, singing, prayer and drum playing are amongst the most popular along with the burning of a Yule wreath in a bonfire. Celebration of the Solstice as part of religious practice, is a time for people to attune themselves spiritually with the natural world and all that comes with both the seasons of nature and humanity. Growth, birth, death and life are the rhythms we live with and the ritual of celebration inspires a conscious effort to allow this to resonate more thoroughly.
Linked to the religious rituals is the desire to strengthen the sense of being part of nature and interconnected spiritually with others and the world as a whole. Many feel this is a key reason to participate in the festivities, often referred to as “the turning of the wheel of the year”.
Outside of religion, countless towns and villages host Midsummer festivities, typically held outside where nature can be fully appreciated; flowers and trees are usually used as part of the decoration. People take part in the event to remind themselves of how precious time is and the changing of the season is another marker of time marching on. The celebration is also to encourage community spirit, friendship and an appreciation for our own homes and natural surroundings.
Summer Solstice is celebrated all over the world by many ethnicities and cultures. In Scandinavian countries, bonfires are lit, usually near lakes and by the sea and traditionally, unmarried women create a garland of flowers for their bed to dream of their future husband. A tradition that is still maintained today and is indicative of the fertility perspective of the Summer Solstice and how the natural world is interlinked with our own fertility and encouragement of new life. In China, the Summer Solstice is closely connected with “yin” and “yang” and celebrates the Earth’s “yin” femininity, the opposite being the Winter Solstice and “yang” masculinity.
Stonehenge, Wiltshire is amongst the most famous of locations to celebrate Midsummer and welcome the breaking dawn. Stonehenge aligns to the Solstice, allowing the rising sun to reach the middle of the stones and shine on the central altar only on the Summer Solstice. A prehistoric site long linked to spirituality, peace and nature, Stonehenge plays host each year to around 20,000 people who celebrate in the longest day with quiet meditation or exuberant revelries and dancing.
This year will also coincide with a rare “strawberry moon”, the name was created by the Algonquin tribes of North America due to the belief that June’s full moon indicated the strawberry picking season should begin.
Perhaps we should all listen to the ancient Algonquin tribes - British strawberries are at their tastiest and packed with all sorts of goodness and vitamins that help cleanse and rejuvenate the body. Plus, what better reason to go strawberry picking than the moon and a festival telling you it’s the best time?
Thank you to Kamil Porembiński for the use of this photograph.
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06-Jun-2016 - Fasting for Spiritual Enlightenment & Self-Improvement
The practice of fasting dates back over 5,000 years and is observed in different ways by many faiths including Muslims, Jews, Christians, Baha'is and Hindus. Most Religions believe that fasting opens a powerful gateway to God and allows oneself to become spiritually attuned.
The Purpose of Ramadan & Fasting
In addition to prayer and refrainment from any selfish desire, fasting is a significant part of Ramadan. During the Holy Month, the purpose is to enter a state of taqwa; a state of constant awareness of God. By adhering to rigorous fast and prayer and refraining from other human urges, Muslims are strengthening their willpower and self-control to ultimately “guard against evil” and bring about self-improvement and increase spiritual awareness in everyday life.
Muslims use time not spent eating and drinking during Ramadan to concentrate on prayer to achieve the state of taqwa and expand upon their spirituality. Outside of Islam, many people use this time to work on self-improvement, to meditate and free the mind or to participate in activities that encourage relaxation.
During and after a fast, people say they feel mentally stronger, more thankful and more in tune with their body and mind than prior; this feeling is often attributed to the ability to exercise and maintain self-control. By increasing the awareness of one’s human needs and denying this, a sense of personal and collective strength and achievement is felt which allows us as humans to feel more connected to ourselves, our peers and our Gods, whilst in a fasting state.
Health Benefits of Fasting
Not only does fasting have a strong link with spiritual and mental well-being, research shows that fasting has a multitude of health and physical benefits also.
Some 2,500 years ago, The Father of Western Medicine, Hippocrates, was recommending abstinence from food or drink to aid the body’s natural recovery process from illness and disease. This is still practiced and advised today to improve mental and physical health in Western, Chinese, Alternative and Homeopathic medicine cultures.
Studies show that fasting can have a wide and positive impact on the body in individual areas and as a whole. By allowing the body intermittent periods of rest from digestion, it is able to burn through fat cells more efficiently in this period thus resulting in weight loss.
Fasting has also been shown to improve brain function by boosting the production of a protein that activates brain stem cells to convert into new neurons, triggering a variety of other chemicals which promote neural health also.
The benefits also extend to our outermost layer, our skin. Fasting has been shown to help clear the skin by expelling toxins. With our body not focussing on digesting periodically throughout the day, it is instead able to concentrate its regenerative energies on other systems and is able to clean up toxins and regulate organ function across the body, including our biggest organ of all.
Many, many millions of Muslims, of course. Plus, a multitude of other Religions. However, fasting is not only a religious act and can be undertaken by anyone who would like to practice mindfulness, give their body a break to regenerate or indeed for health reasons. Fasting is a difficult challenge (and one that should be undertaken with care) but why not see how the challenge could improve your mental well-being, your spiritual connection and also your skin!
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31-Mar-2016 - How Can I Get a Better Night’s Sleep?
Being an holistic therapist means that Melissa has an empathy with her clients that may bring to light other health issues or emotional concerns connected to the original reason for the visit.
A frequently disclosed worry for some clients is their lack of a good night’s sleep.
The right type and length of sleep is essential not only for physical health but is also required for mental and emotional equilibrium.
The effect of not getting enough sleep can range drastically depending on the individual, the length of time it has been going on and the severity of the problem.
A short spell of disturbed sleep in a healthy person may simply manifest itself in a slight lack of energy during the day. You may be familiar with the term “not firing on all cylinders”, often used to explain that feeling of being fine really but not quite having your usual energy levels and joie de vivre.
At the other end of the scale is extreme tiredness to the point of being unable to function normally and this is often accompanied by mental disturbance – hallucinations and paranoia are not uncommon when there has been severe and prolonged sleep deprivation.
So how much sleep should we be aiming for?
It is commonly believed that eight hours sleep each night is the correct amount.
At Niroshini, we always consider that everyone is an individual and suggest that the eight hour statement is used as a guideline, rather than a hard and fast rule. Most people have a sense of what their own optimum hours of sleep are; even this will vary from time to time according to the season, other health issues and the levels of daytime activity.
Getting a good standard of sleep is not simply about getting enough hours; it is also the type of sleep achieved that provides a feeling of wellbeing. It is worth looking a little more in depth at what other elements need to be considered.
• Getting sleep before midnight is beneficial for a number of reasons. After midnight, the earth’s energy, is gearing up for a new day and this crescendo of solar energy means sleep is lighter for many people after 12pm. It is also believed, in Chinese medicine, that between 7-9pm the bodies organs are less active. This makes it a good time to rest.
• Once morning arrives, the temptation to rise before 7am should be avoided if possible. Many people report awakening at about 5am and enjoy being awake so early as they feel they are getting things done in those couple of extra hours before the day properly begins. If this works for you and you are still getting good sleep and feeling well, that’s fine; however, if you are puzzled that despite your early start, you are still not sleeping well at night, it may be worth staying in bed until 7am. The reason that 5am is significant is that it is the time that the adrenal glands get going. If you rise immediately, they will not get enough rest so even if you can’t get back to sleep, stay in bed and relax or better still, meditate until at least 7 o’clock.
• Sleep is the time during which the body detoxifies and rejuvenates. This is particularly important when you have been unwell. The body needs to repair itself and this takes additional energy. This is why a nap during the day and ensuring that you don’t over exert yourself when ill, is essential for a speedy recovery.
With these facts in mind, what can you do to ensure a good, restorative night’s sleep?
Your bedroom should be quite dark and at a comfortable temperature. Some degree of ventilation may help.
2. Food and Drink.
Eat early on. Avoid alcohol, tea, coffee, sugary drinks and food at least after 7pm but if you are able to reduce consumption of these altogether, your body will thank you.
3. Winding down – physically.
Don’t do any really strenuous exercise right before you try to go to sleep. A little gentle stretching however can help. Turn off the TV, radio and if you can bear it, switch off all the computers, tablets, phones etc and don’t concern yourself with the outside world.
4. Winding down – mentally.
Switch off your brain too! Easier said than done of course but worth starting this process some time before your head hits the pillow.
Melissa’s Reiki treatments and lymphatic massages are relaxing processes which can help to “remind” the body how to find that blissful state of relaxation and remove some of the mental blocks that may be preventing you from getting a good sleep.
Contact Niroshini today to discover more about finding ways to enable you to get a better balance in your life and ultimately, a better night’s sleep.
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17-Mar-2016 - Vernal Equinox
Easter is a time of renewal.
The symbolism of the egg and the chick, hatching into a new life, happens to coincide with the time of year in the UK that the weather is likely to improve.
Already we have seen snowdrops, hellebores, crocus and daffodils and at last for many of us, the journey home from work is not made in darkness. The sun even makes an appearance from time to time, warming the skin and teasing us that in just a few months, there will be much more to come...
It is often around this time that we look at life with a new mindset. The New Year resolutions we made a few months ago may or may not have been adhered to but Easter seems to us to be a much more suitable time to asses our lives and make changes. There is a new energy and for those of us who already feel in tune with the earth, that energy is tangible and invigorating.
As the days grow longer and the temperature starts to rise, the temptation to spend quite so long ensconced in a warm bed subsides, as we feel the urge to get more active and make more of the day ahead.
This can mean that we have extra waking hours to do what we need to. For us here at Niroshini, this is a good time to dedicate a few extra minutes each day to meditation. When focussing on your breathing, in time you learn to empty your mind of all the thoughts that battle for your attention. It’s quite amazing how just a little time doing this can leave you feeling totally refreshed and ready to greet the day ahead.
It is also a good time to rediscover a healthy eating regime. Whilst that is achievable whatever time of year it is, springtime is when we begin to think about salad vegetables and is when hens start laying again so fresh eggs straight from the smallholding are plentiful.
It’s useful now to think about what may be holding you back too. Ask yourself, what changes would you like to see by the time summer arrives? Some of the changes may involve new projects, people or habits that you would like to introduce into your life. Now is the perfect time to lay down plans for those things, as your energy awakens.
Some of the changes however may be opposite to this; they may involve letting go of the projects, the people and the habits that have been a part of your life previously. Sometimes, this is the bravest thing of all, as most of us develop a sense of comfort from familiar things, even if those things are really not good for us. We suggest you decide what it is that you want to leave behind and be gentle on yourself.
The image we present to the world is another element of ourselves that in the new cycle, we may feel like having a little rejuvenation so that we’re ready to spring into summer!
A visit to Melissa for a course of cosmetic acupuncture will have you looking your very best by the time summer comes and a visit to the new website, Niroshini Holistic Health & Beauty for other Niroshini enhancing treatments, will reveal lots of other ways we can help you leap into spring and summer looking and feeling wonderful.
Thank you to Nico Nelson for the use of this photograph.
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03-Mar-2016 - There are no frozen faces at Niroshini!
Enhancing our natural beauty is something most women can understand and appreciate.
Even though it can mean vastly differing things to different people, the concept itself has a key word that resonates with most people and that word is natural.
Within this understanding are varying shades of what it means for the individual. For some, this will mean they have no desire to cover grey hair, to pluck eyebrows or to wear make-up of any description. A true natural beauty, as this displays a confidence and an acceptance of the ageing process and often where a woman is completely happy with her choice not to make any changes, her zest for life will show through her eyes and her smile.
At the other extreme, are those whose wish to enhance what they naturally have crosses the boundary into making lasting changes that actually no longer relate to the real person underneath.
There has been much said in the press about the influence the media has on women’s perceptions of what constitutes beauty and as with many such things, the effect this has on body image and self-esteem of younger women is what causes the greatest concern.
With this generation, not only are there messages in printed magazines, newspapers and on television but social media, blogs and online news sites, mean that there is a constant flow of (often conflicting) examples of what it means to be a woman; to be successful, attractive and to blend in with your peers.
For example, how often have you seen an online newspaper featuring a story on how brave a woman is for enduring illness, economic deprivation or domestic abuse. The piece may appear to embrace and celebrate the individuality of that person and demonstrate that inner strength, kindness, compassion and tenacity are more important traits than outward appearance.
However, often in a side bar adjacent to such stories are numerous photographs and captions about celebrities, either noting how slim and young someone looks or worse still, sneering at an actress or model caught by a paparazzi actually daring to look her real age or showing a little cellulite or grey hair.
These mixed messages are confusing for anyone but particularly for younger women trying to establish their identities or more mature women who may have gone through a life changing event such as divorce, whose confidence may have been shattered and who may feel invisible and lost.
No wonder then that women flock to cosmetic surgeons in a desperate attempt to transform themselves into someone else.
There are numerous cosmetic surgery businesses all vying for their place in the market. Hardly surprising then, that some of them may be quite unscrupulous in their attempts to encourage people to question their attractiveness and believe that life will be better if only they looked like Angelina Jolie or Nicole Scherzinger.
A recent survey revealed that dermal fillers are the most complained about cosmetic procedure. Sadly, this is often the “entry level” procedure into cosmetic surgery, with some practices encouraging women to agree to fillers as a way of hooking them in with a relatively cheap first step before up selling to yet more invasive and costly treatments. This can become quite addictive for some women, who entirely lose sight of their original goal of simply enhancing one or two features.
The Niroshini approach is that the beauty you are is already there. It just needs a little enhancement but the treatments Melissa offers clients are not meant to change you into an unrecognisable copy of you.
Cosmetic acupuncture has been used for thousands of years in some parts of the world and is finally gaining ground in the west where some women are beginning to question the wisdom of radical changes to their appearance.
Unlike procedures such as dermal fillers and Botox, cosmetic acupuncture simply re-awakens your skins natural ability to re-rejuvenate itself, giving the client a tighter, brighter and smoother complexion. Unlike the more extreme and invasive treatments offered by surgery, the idea is not to change who you are. You are already who you are meant to be and you are unique. Why change that?
There are no frozen faces, no curious changes to your appearance. Just YOU, looking your very best. For more information about how Melissa can help you achieve this, please contact her via the website: http://niroshini-acupuncture.com/contact-us/
Thank you to Chïllï jan for the use of this photograph.
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18-Feb-2016 - Excess Weight as Armour
We are bombarded daily with dietary advice; reminded of the adverse health effects of carrying too much weight and given tips on how to combat the problem. Guidelines on healthy eating and charts setting out what our ideal Body Mass Index (BMI) range should be are readily available in magazines, on the internet and at health practitioners’ surgeries.
Changing our eating habits is achievable and most people have at least a basic idea of what types and proportions of food they should be eating to acquire the right balance of nutrients for optimum weight and general health.
There is nothing fundamentally wrong with this approach. Overeating for many people is simply the result of bad habits such as continuing to eat after we are full and eating starch and sugar laden foods as they are perceived to be “easy” – fast food outlets and ready meals being two of the biggest culprits.
At Niroshini, we are passionate about holistic health and beauty. This means that we prefer to consider the effects and the root cause of excess weight not just physically on the body but in relation to the mind and the spirit. We know that the problem of overeating for some people is linked closely to their emotions and is more than just a result of lifestyle and time constraints.
Many of us will have experienced the urge to “comfort eat” during times of emotional distress. An argument with a loved one or problems at work sometimes results in us suddenly consuming a whole packet of biscuits or an extra large scoop of ice cream. For the majority of people, such food binges are brief and we return to normal soon enough.
However, there are people who have suffered from such emotional pain that they have a constant need to literally push the negative feeling back down. By cramming food into themselves they feel they can somehow control the emotions that they find difficult to acknowledge. One woman reported that if she stopped eating for too long, she may start to cry and feared that she would never stop. For others, the issue may be anger that they don’t want to give space to or grief or even a degree of happiness that they don’t feel they deserve.
Sadly, eating disorders are fairly common in people who have suffered sexual abuse.
In an attempt to de-sexualise themselves, some victims will deliberately overeat, believing that because obesity is viewed as being sexually unattractive, they want to become so overweight they are protecting themselves from further abuse. Their natural healthy body shape is hidden beneath folds of fat and the sexual organs themselves can be behind a seemingly “safe” barrier. Overeating to this extent is a form of self harm.
Mary Anne Cohen, Director of the New York Centre for Eating Disorders claims that the connection between sexual abuse and eating disorders can result from and manifest itself in a variety of ways;
“…guilt, shame, anaesthesia, self punishment, soothing, comfort, protection and rage”.
So what is the first step in combating overeating that stems from emotional pain?
Our research has shown that the first and most important step is in finding someone in whom to confide the source of your pain and if at all possible this should be a professional therapist. Particularly in the case of past sexual abuse, the victim has often been manipulated into feeling that their abuse MUST be kept secret and so opening up to someone about the experience is a huge step. When looking for a therapist, ask questions about their experience with victims of sexual abuse especially with regard to the ongoing relationship with food.
As with all talking cures, be prepared for this to be a lengthy, on-going process. Arrange a “trial” meeting with the professional first and be sure that you are comfortable with that person before committing to a number of bookings. It is essential that you have a degree of rapport as therapy does require an element of trust that is not always an easy state for someone in emotional pain to place themselves in.
Wearing weight in this way, to protect ourselves, may seem like an insurmountable problem but people can and do come back from this and are able to live much healthier, happier lives. If you think you are eating too much as a result of emotional pain, be gentle on yourself and we wish you well in your journey back to wellbeing.
Thank you to Sodanie Chea for the use of this photograph.
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28-Jan-2016 - All Systems Go
The lymphatic system is such an essential part of our bodies – it’s surprising that so little consideration is given to it.
The system itself is made up of hundreds of lymph nodes that are spread throughout our bodies as well as lymph tissue, such as the spleen and the tonsils. Another component is the clear fluid (referred to as lymph) that mops up toxins whilst providing nourishment to tissue cells. This remarkable substance also carries antibodies to defend the body against infection.
Any unwanted infections are moved through the body via the nodes. Movement of the body is required to keep the system working to its optimum, as it does not rely on the heart to pump it around. Therefore, if the system is restricted for any reason and cannot work effectively, blockages are caused and tiredness, joint swelling, pain and nausea can be the result. This can also happen when the system is simply overloaded with a particularly severe infection and there is a struggle to carry away the bacteria.
When the effectiveness of the lymphatic system is compromised, not only can invading pathogens take hold but the general wellbeing of the person, including their mental health can suffer.
Symptoms can include:
• New or worsening food allergy
• Acne & pimples
• Tender breasts
Sadly, problems with the lymphatic system are not often picked up by medical professionals until serious problems have developed, by which time, great stress will have been placed on the body and the patient may already be suffering from a variety of maladies.
At Niroshini, we believe very strongly in the whole body approach and therefore we suggest our clients take steps to give such an important system the best chance of working effectively.
There are a number of ways this can be achieved:
By eating healthy foods wherever possible, the body has less potentially harmful substances to deal with. We recommend steering clear of processed foods and eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables that are high in vitamins and minerals which in turn will give the whole immune response system a boost.
Drink plenty of water. It’s something we mention frequently, as drinking water keeps us hydrated but it also assists the lymph fluid in travelling around the body. Drink a glass before bed and give your body some help to perform its recuperative magic whist you sleep.
We already know that movement is an essential part of keeping the lymph fluid flowing and clearing away toxins. Therefore, keeping active as much as possible is going to be hugely beneficial. Even if you don’t have the time to take part in a sport or other aerobic activity, just doing a few gentle stretches whilst you sit at your desk or travelling up and down the stairs a few times each day will help.
Finally, an enjoyable way to keep your lymphatic system in great shape is to have regular massage. This will encourage lymphatic drainage and leave you feeling rested and yet revitalised and healthy. Book your course of facial massage and lymphatic drainage sessions with Melissa today. http://niroshini-acupuncture.com/contact-us/
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14-Jan-2016 - Niroshini on Vitamin C
Atmospheric pollution, sunlight, a poor diet, smoking and the consumption of alcohol are all factors that can cause our bodies, including the skin, to be flooded with free radicals.
Free radicals are a group of atoms that can set off a chain reaction with the body’s cellular components. This not only causes skin ageing but is thought to be the catalyst for some serious illnesses.
Fortunately, the body has an army at its disposal ready to combat this unwelcome attack. Called antioxidants, they can be mobilized to stop the progress of free radicals in their tracks, preventing the chain reaction and returning the body to its healthy state.
One of the most powerful antioxidants is vitamin C. In terms of benefiting the skin, it is essential for the production of collagen, the protein which keeps the skin firm, clear and smooth.
As more research is being undertaken into the benefits of vitamin C to the skin, a number of cosmetic creams are being made available with it in. Whilst there is no definitive proof that application of the vitamin to the surface of the skin is going to provide a benefit, it is worth considering. As we need to moisturise daily, the addition of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) to the product may yet be proven to absorb well enough to increase collagen production and therefore enhance the appearance of the skin.
As with all antioxidants, any form of vitamin C is vulnerable to deterioration when exposed to sunlight and air. For this reason, it’s always best to buy a cream in an opaque jar or tube (keep the lid or cap on tightly and if possible in a drawer or cupboard away from heat sources).
The best way of ensuring you have sufficient vitamin C is to keep topped up by dietary means, by eating vitamin C rich foods or by taking supplements.
Some of the most delicious foods are known for their high content of this essential vitamin. Many people will already be aware that oranges are a great source but so are strawberries and papaya. Leafy greens like kale are rich sources, as are peppers, tomatoes and broccoli. Enriching your dietary intake needn’t be a chore.
If you do feel you’d like a further boost, there is a vast array of vitamin C supplements on the market. Soluble tablets, capsules or drinks are all readily available from health shops and supermarkets. The recommended daily allowance (RDA) in the UK is currently 60mg but this does not equate to an “optimum” amount. Much larger doses are frequently taken by many people without ill effects, although there is some anecdotal evidence that consuming more than 2000mg per day can have mild side effects on some people. As with any changes to your diet or health regime, it’s always worth consulting your GP if you are unsure about any aspect or feel that you need a health check.
Increasing your intake of vitamin C and other antioxidants is one of several ways to increase collagen production. As many people are discovering, cosmetic acupuncture is one of the most traditional methods, first recorded as being used as a beauty treatment thousands of years ago.
Now, women are re-discovering the benefits of this gentle, effective treatment. To find out why cosmetic acupuncture is creating such a buzz in the beauty world, contact Melissa on 01473 430026 or email email@example.com
Thank you to Michael Stern for the use of this photograph
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31-Dec-2015 - The importance of Letting Go
Letting go of the past, should, in theory, be easy.
After all, when you think about it, the past has already let go of us. Yet, even the very negative and painful aspects of our past are often carried with us as we move forward. Well meaning friends may tell us simply to “forget about it” or “get over it” but this simply has us burying our sorrow or anger deeper within us where it does even more damage.
Others may tell you that time heals. This can be true but how much time varies drastically from person to person and depends on the severity of the pain as felt by that individual.
Some pain cannot be entirely eradicated. For instance, being bereaved is not something that can be forgotten and most people suffering from this type of grief will maintain that they do not want to forget or blank what has happened from their minds. However, raw, searing pain from any type of loss needs to be dealt with as it can not only lead to depression but can manifest physically and cause even more distress.
Therefore, learning to manage your feelings is an essential part of staying healthy.
Letting go, in this instance, means refusing to carry with us the damaging and draining aspects of our life experiences and means that we can acknowledge what has caused us to feel like this, accept what is in the past, yet look to the future with positivity. What we can leave behind are those negative emotions that harm no-one but ourselves and do nothing to enhance our lives.
We suggest the following ways to help you feel lighter, calmer and more confident about the future.
1 Meditate. A favourite with us, we recommend that everyone tries to spend at least a few minutes every day sitting quietly, with eyes closed and focusing on breathing. Thoughts may come and go but simply allow them to do that. They are just thoughts, not reality and it may be good to visualise them as shooting stars; appearing for a moment and then disappearing into nothing. Do this every day and you will soon begin to enjoy a sense of calm and will look forward to your few moments of relaxation.
2 Observe the issues that are weighing you down. If you continue to carry them, what purpose will they serve? It may be that you feel you still need to learn from what has happened so there may be some value in retaining those feelings - just not forever. If you have, say, anger at someone who has wronged you, ask yourself who is being most damaged by having that feeling in you? There is a saying that carrying such emotions with you is like forever holding a hot coal with the intention of throwing it at whoever hurt you – but who ends up being burnt?
3. Gratitude for all the things that are good in life can make a huge impact on your well being. Allowing ourselves to feel blessed to have family and friends around us, a roof over our heads and food on our tables are all reminders of the riches of our lives. It is often the simple things though, that can give us the greatest satisfaction. Even the sound of raindrops on a window pane can be beautiful as can so many of the sights and sounds of nature. Our own personal freedoms, our health and purely the fact that we are alive, are reasons to celebrate who we are.
Finally, never be afraid to seek professional help if you feel unable to cope with any situation you are in. For many people, just opening up to another person and being listened to, can be a very positive step on the way to leading a better and happier life.
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17-Dec-2015 - What is Cosmetic Acupuncture?
The Niroshini Cosmetic Acupuncture Ritual provides benefits not just in terms of enhancing appearance but also in treating health issues. For all of us, our life force energy, known as "Chi" or "Qi", runs through the meridian lines in our bodies and if a blockage occurs here, our life force energy is depleted and this is detrimental to our wellbeing.
The skin itself is a great indicator of general health. Whilst environmental factors and ageing play a role in the loss of a youthful glow and a smooth, unlined complexion – as the largest organ in the body, it does reflect the problems that disease and stress can cause us physically.
By using very fine needles on the acupuncture points on the face, blockages can be released and the flow of life force may once again move around unhindered.
What the cosmetic side of the treatment can address:
• Increases circulation resulting in a brighter complexion
• Helps to eliminate or minimise fine lines
• Stimulates facial muscles thus toning the skin
• Increases collagen and elastin production
• Brightens the eyes
• There is no down time with Cosmetic Acupuncture; you can return to normal life straight after
• Provides a natural, centuries old treatment without using chemicals like Botox
For your general health, Facial Acupuncture (which is combined within the Niroshini Ritual) will:
• Increase blood, energy and lymph circulation
• Regulate immune and organ function
• Release endorphins which will leave you feeling relaxed and stress free, often for days afterwards
• Reduce acne and eczema
• Leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated
Melissa will address any health concerns you may have during your treatment – a healthy, glowing skin can only be achieved when the body is holistically balanced, in optimum health and as free as possible from stress, worry and other negative emotions.
As an experienced Reiki practitioner, Melissa has an innate ability to “tune in” to her clients, understanding their needs and fears and will tailor treatments on an individual basis to achieve the very best results.
Niroshini Cosmetic Acupuncture Rituals produce so much more than just an enhanced appearance. To discover what previous clients have to say about Niroshini treatments, please take a look at the testimonials page here:
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03-Dec-2015 - The Sunshine Vitamin
Vitamin D is essential for so many functions yet is something that many of us, in the northern hemisphere in particular, suffer a deficiency of.
It plays many roles in keeping us healthy. As a vital element of the body’s ability to absorb calcium and phosphate, not having the right amount can severely affect our bones.
There have also been studies by Aberdeen University on post-menopausal women that have shown a correlation between a high BMI and vitamin D deficiency.
Obtaining the right amount can be a difficult balancing act. It is available in the foods we eat but is not widespread and may be absent from many people’s diets. Eggs and oily fish such as salmon and mackerel are good sources, as are some breakfast cereals that are fortified with the vitamin.
The best way of producing vitamin D in the body is exposure to sun light. This is, of course, a double edged sword. Along with many other beauty and healthcare professionals, we advocate the avoidance of unprotected exposure, at least during the summer months. However, spending just a couple of minutes each day during this time, with some skin exposed to the sun and without sunscreen will allow the body to make vitamin D. Remember, if you develop a tan, you have overdone it. You really just do need a few minutes.
Another way of acquiring it is to take supplements. We suggest you do some research before purchasing as there can be huge variations in quality and effectiveness between different brands and different types. For example, studies have shown that vitamin D3 is more beneficial than D2. Always check the label.
The recommended daily allowance in the UK is 400iu per day for an adult. It may be that on an individual basis a greater or lesser amount is required and it may be worth seeing your GP for advice.
The most worrying thing perhaps about being deficient, is the adverse effect this can have on the immune system. This is because it is vital to the healthy functioning of the T cells that travel around the body seeking out and destroying viruses and bacteria.
According to Professor Carsten Geister from the Dept. of International Health, Immunology and Microbiology, when T cells encounter pathogens they actively send out a signal to search for it.
“This means that the T cell must have Vitamin D or activation of the cell will cease”.
A crucial part of the immune support system is the Lymphatic system. Look after this, ensure your intake of vitamins and minerals are at the correct level and you will greatly increase your chances of maintaining excellent health and well-being.
If you would like to begin or continue your journey to better health and beauty, you may wish to enjoy one of Melissa’s Facial Massage and Lymphatic Drainage treatments. http://niroshini-acupuncture.com/treatment-options/
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19-Nov-2015 - Niroshini on Mindfulness
Mindfulness is a practice thousands of years old, yet which is more relevant than ever in today’s fast paced world. It is widely believed to be a great way to relieve stress and has enormous benefits for our general well-being.
In the UK, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommend mindfulness based cognitive therapy as a preventative practice for sufferers of recurrent depression. There is also a successful “Mindfulness in Schools” project which is encouraging the next generation to understand that our thoughts do not have to control us and that everything we feel, everything we think about, is transient.
Mindfulness requires us to be aware of what is occurring within us as well as what is going on outside of us. It is about being in the present moment and being an observer of our thoughts as they flow past us; that is, not attempting to change or analyse those thoughts, simply to allow them free passage. Almost as if we are on a river bank watching the water travel downstream, without dipping our toes in, without questioning where the water has come from or where it will go.
As many of us have a tendency to be “on autopilot” for large swathes of time, we can sometimes feel as if we are simply existing rather than living. Mindfulness is a way we can reconnect to our true selves, live authentic lives and feel that we are truly alive.
The practice also incorporates being aware of what is on the outside. Frequently, we underuse our five senses and because of this, we can feel as if something is missing without quite understanding what it is. Being in the moment involves us having an awareness of the physical world too – simple things such as feeling the breeze ruffle your hair during a walk; seeing the beauty in the multitude of colours in fallen leaves; touching a fabric and feeling its softness or a piece of wood or metal and actually noticing its temperature, its texture and really seeing the depth of its colour.
The most effective way to learn how to bring mindfulness into your life, is to practice meditation. This can be done either in a class (most large towns in the UK now have meditation centres) or at home, where a guided meditation CD can be very helpful. By concentrating on breathing, it is possible to become very calmed within and acquire the state of mindfulness.
However, if meditation isn’t for you, simply get into the habit of spending at least ten minutes each day during which you aim to be mindful of the present. Quietly accept the thoughts and feelings that pass through your mind and appreciate using all five of your senses. This can make a huge difference to your well-being for the rest of the day.
You may wish to consider the treatments that Melissa offers as an additional way to ground yourself. Her Facial Massage and Lymphatic Drainage treatment provides the ideal environment in which to slow down and reconnect. Please visit the treatment page: http://niroshini-acupuncture.com/treatment-options/
Thank you to mindfulness for the use of this photograph.
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