The Japanese Face Massage at Skin Aspirations
I have well and truly fallen off the Blogtober Challenge wagon these past few days.
Unfortunately, I ended up in the hospital with a bad bacterial infection that they suspect is pneumonia and so am feeling really under the weather. Oh, how I wish I could be back at Skin Aspirations being pampered this week – I could definitely do with another massage!
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Simona invited to me to try out the new Japanese Face Massage treatment that she has launched in her Chelsea treatment studio. I’ve only had a facial once before and loved it so jumped at the chance to try another one. Also, as you may know, I am obsessed with everything Japan so this sounded right up my street!
I arrived on a particularly cold and wintery feeling evening, walking the short distance from South Kensington tube station in the awful rain! Simona welcomed me into her beautiful and calming treatment room and immediately I forgot about the crappy weather!
On her site, the Japanese Face Massage is described as:
“The Japanese Face Massage aims to rejuvenate the face, preventing and reducing the impact of the ageing process. It visibly improves the appearance of the skin, provides brightness and a more uniform tone, reduces eye bags, prevents and reduces wrinkles. Japanese Face Massage is also known as the “facelift without surgery.”
This definitely had me intrigued! Like so many other women my main problem area on my face is my double chin. So I was hoping the treatment might help with that stubborn pouch.
Once I was comfortable Simona went through any pre-existing health conditions I might have. Then we discussed my skin type and what I would like to achieve from the facial. I explained about the ‘chin thing’ and she suggested that my chin be the main focal point of my Japanese Face Massage.
Simona gave me a glass of fresh, cool water before leaving the room.
The room itself is cosy and inviting – and decorated in a clean and sophisticated but pretty way.
I got undressed, wrapped myself in a towel and made myself comfortable on the massage bed. The heated blanket underneath me was the perfect touch – so relaxing.
The treatment started with a relaxing leg and body rub down which helped me feel comfortable and warm. The main focus area is, of course, the face, but the neck and upper chest area are also worked on.
Simona had suggested that as the massage is supposed to be quite invigorating. And that because it has a mix of fast and slow hand movements it would not be too relaxing. However, the combination of the massage, the lovely background music and the warm bed definitely had me snoozing!
It was an unusual feeling at first – the varying speeds and movements – especially along my sensitive jawline. I soon got used to it though. And the different speed levels are essential as they help to remove dead cells and to encourage elastin and collagen production.
The Japanese Face Massage also works on acupressure points to achieve a balance. I’m a fan of reflexology which is another ‘reflex’ therapy similar to acupressure and which does similar just on the feet.
After the Massage
I have to admit to being a little embarrassed that I fell asleep (pretty sure I was snoring too!) however Simona wasn’t phased. She said it was a sign that the face massage was more relaxing than expected.
Afterwards, I dressed and took down some notes on the treatment. I felt so relaxed and refreshed – much less stressed than I had been when I had left the office!
When I peeked in the mirror to see if I could notice any difference and I’ve got to admit I was surprised!
I hadn’t really expected a visible difference in my face however my chin was instantly less noticeable and my skin looked plump. Particularly around my cheekbones, you could see a difference too. My face was so lovely and soft and bright too!
Would I go back?
I would definitely go back and would love to try some of Simona’s other treatments. A massage is always a luxurious treat but if I could afford it I’d get this one done every week!
This post was in collaboration with Skin Aspirations – I received a free treatment in exchange for an honest review on the blog