Ever heard of the phrase, “beauty comes from within?” Well, this is absolutely true for sustainable beauty, as it cannot be attained through just treating your outer shell; a combination of internal and external management is needed. Caring for your body from the inside out ensures that long-lasting results are achieved to help you feel more confident in your own skin for years to come.
Instead of invasive aesthetic procedures that involve going under the knife or injections, all-natural treatments are recommended to avoid having to deal with side effects. These non-invasive treatments focus on a holistic approach to improve circulation and chi flow in your body so that your blood carries the much-needed nutrients and oxygen to various organs, muscles, bones and skin.
Having good blood flow and circulation nourishes all aspects of your body and results will show up through your outer appearance – think firmer breasts and clearer skin, for instance.
In this article, we will be covering more about how women can care for their bodies from head to toe, starting from inner health like womb care to external care like gua sha facial.
Read on to find out more!
Part 2 – How to care for your body from head to toe and the inside out
2.1 What are gua sha facials and their benefits?
You may be familiar with the usual facial treatments in Singapore offered by beauty salons such as extraction and deep cleansing facials, but these tend to only focus on the epidermis, also known as the outermost layer of your skin.
So if you are looking for a facial treatment that targets your skin from deep within, consider going for a gua sha facial instead.
With roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a gua sha facial utilises a uniquely-shaped and flat tool to scrape your skin where there is inflammation or stagnant chi to help improve blood circulation and promote healing.
Unlike a body gua sha massage, a gua sha facial is done with a lighter hand so there is no need to worry about bruise-like marks on your face following the treatment. You will also feel minimal to no pain, although some therapists may apply a bit more pressure to work through the knots for deeper detoxification and better results.
Here are some of the benefits of a gua sha facial:
- Relieves tension in the face
We make hundreds of facial expressions on a daily basis, ranging from frowning to smiling and laughing. This results in tension in our facial muscles but a gua sha facial will target the trigger points in your face to relieve any feelings of tightness and soreness. Treat it as a massage for your face and is also a great way to destress after a long day.
- Reduces puffiness and inflammation
The scraping motion of a gua sha facial moves lymphatic fluids away from your face to reduce puffiness and inflammation all while promoting blood circulation – you will notice your skin feels firmer with a natural glow after the treatment. This is also why the gua sha tool has been gaining traction in recent years among beauty junkies; many use them in the morning to depuff and get their skin ready for makeup application.
- Relieves sinus pressure
A gua sha facial does not just have skin benefits, but can also relieve sinus pressure to help you breathe better and feel more comfortable. It works by massaging the pressure points to relieve any tightness and ease a stuffy nose.
- Improves fine lines and wrinkles
It might seem counterintuitive to be using a gua sha facial which involves scraping motions to improve fine lines and wrinkles, but it does work as a facial oil will first be applied to your skin to reduce friction. This treatment boosts your skin’s elasticity and promotes overall skin rejuvenation to tackle ageing issues such as sagging skin, fine lines and wrinkles.
- Aids in lymphatic drainage
The lymphatic system is made up of lymph nodes, lymph vessels and lymph fluid that catches toxins and waste but unlike the cardiovascular system, it cannot pump the nasties away on its own. Hence, it relies on bodily movement and breathing to move lymph fluids along. Luckily, a gua sha facial can aid in lymphatic drainage to increase circulation and help the skin purge dirt and sebum naturally for a healthier and clearer complexion.
2.2 What are breast massages and their benefits?
Now that you understand how a gua sha facial can rejuvenate and heal your skin, the next step towards sustainable beauty from the inside out is through breast massages.
Although every woman’s body is different and thus, the breasts come in various shapes and sizes; certain lifestyle habits or external factors can affect their appearance. For example, menopause can create hormonal changes that affect your skin’s elasticity and result in saggy breasts.
But there is no need to fret as you do not have to go through invasive surgical procedures just to regain confidence. Natural breast enhancement remedies are aplenty in Singapore, such as improving your posture and wearing a properly fitted bra. However, one of the quickest and most effective ways is through breast firming massages.
Breast massages aim to detoxify and beautify the chest area naturally. They are suitable not just for women who want to address concerns or improve the appearance of their breasts, but also for those who want to maintain the health and look of their breasts.
A lymphatic drainage breast massage clears blocked meridians to detoxify, firm and promote better nutrient absorption.
During a breast massage, the therapist will massage the breasts in a circular motion and then move to the armpits and breast bone too.
Here are some of the benefits of a breast massage:
- Relieves tension in the breasts
Stagnation in the breast tissues and poor circulation can both contribute to tension and benign lumps or bumps as the breasts are primarily made up of fatty tissues. However, a breast massage will break down that stagnation and clear up the channels where toxins have built up.
- Improves milk flow
If you are a mummy-to-be or new mother who has just given birth and is struggling with breastfeeding, a breast massage might help too. It improves blood flow to your mammary glands to increase the production of milk and enhance the flow for easier and less painful breastfeeding.
- Aids in lymphatic drainage
The breasts are also part of the lymphatic system, which means the lymph nodes and lymph vessels in that area can become congested too. Therefore, a breast massage will help to detox and ease any blockages in the chest, breast and armpit areas; allowing you to feel lighter and more refreshed after the treatment.
- Firms up the breasts
If saggy breasts are your concern, going for a breast firming massage might work wonders. It helps to tone up the breast tissues so that your breasts regain firmness but it is also important to note that it is not a one-time thing. Consistent massages are required to see more dramatic and long-lasting results.
- Improves bust size
Last but not least, breast massages can improve your bust size too by increasing blood circulation to the area and enhancing skin elasticity and firmness. Massaging them also stimulates the mammary glands that will release anti-ageing hormones to prevent sagging breasts and stretch marks – two things some women may experience after pregnancy.
2.3 What are womb massages and their benefits?
Just like how the breasts are an important part of a woman’s body, the womb is also a vital part of a woman’s reproductive system. Hence, womb massages exist as they can greatly improve a woman’s inner health.
Womb massage is an ancient technique found in Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Egyptian and Mayan cultures – just to name a few. It is a non-invasive external massage of the lower abdomen to support women’s reproductive, pelvic and abdominal health.
Focusing on the internal organs, a womb massage helps to improve blood circulation in the pelvis area while adjusting the pelvis to restore the uterus to its proper place. Meanwhile, the massage will also improve your digestive and gut health to promote a stronger immune system. If you are dealing with fertility issues, womb massages can complement IVF treatments to boost the chances of conceiving.
Here are some of the benefits of a womb massage:
- Reduces menstrual pain or period cramps
Did you know that around 80% of women experience period pain in their lifetime which can start from their teenage years all the way to menopause? Sometimes, period pain which involves the lower abdomen and oftentimes the back too, can be excruciating and may even disrupt lives. If you have been dealing with period cramps as well but do not wish to resort to medications to ease the symptoms, going for regular womb massages may help. The massage works by relaxing the uterus to reduce spasms that cause the cramps. Additionally, a wellness massage is always a good idea to help you destress and feel more comfortable while on your period.
- Regulates your menstrual cycle
A regular menstrual cycle is necessary for your body to cleanse its system as well as for you to have a higher chance of conceiving. However, menstrual irregularities are more common than you think but that does not mean you cannot do anything about it! A womb massage can regulate your menstrual cycle by increasing blood flow. We recommend going for one nearer to your time of the month.
- Improves fertility
A womb massage is performed on your lower abdomen and back to encourage hormonal balance that may help to improve fertility. It also prepares your body for conception by increasing blood flow to the uterus which will help to increase egg production.
2.4 What is moxibustion and its benefits?
The next step to caring for your body from the inside out is through moxibustion, a form of TCM therapy that involves burning mugwort leaves on the acupoints of your body. The heat generated is believed to increase chi in your body to ease any blockages. The end result is less pain and a lighter body.
Moxibustion is known to help with joint pain, arthritis, infertility, menstrual cramps and low immunity.
Here are some of the benefits of moxibustion:
- Warms the meridians
The use of heat during moxibustion warms the meridians, also known as the ‘highway’ in the body that allows the flow of energy. This means dispelling cold and ‘dampness’ in the body, which TCM believes are the cause of several health conditions such as high cholesterol and allergies.
- Improves blood circulation
Good blood circulation throughout your body helps your immune cells to do their job effectively. Hence, moxibustion aims to regulate blood circulation to ensure that your immune system gets strengthened to fight off viruses and diseases.
- Regulates the digestive system
Moxibustion can also aid in regulating the digestive system, reducing bloat, improving digestion and enhancing nutrient absorption. It may help with irritable bowel syndrome and chronic constipation or diarrhoea too.
- Reduces numbness in the limps
Ever experienced numbness or a tingling sensation in your hands and legs? According to TCM’s theory, a deficiency in kidney chi can result in weak bones that lead to numbness. Thankfully, moxibustion helps by targeting the acupoints of your body. Apart from reducing numbness, it can also alleviate pain and inflammation.
Part 3 – What to take note of before and after the treatments
3.1 What to expect before and after a gua sha facial
Unlike most facial treatments in Singapore where you can just make an appointment and dive headfirst into it without much preparation, a gua sha facial differs slightly. There are some things to take into consideration before going for one as well as important things to take note of following the treatment.
- Not suitable for all skin types
While a gua sha facial has outstanding skin benefits, it may not be suitable for all skin types. For instance, if you have acne or rosacea, the scraping motions of the gua sha facial might cause further irritation and exacerbate any redness. When in doubt, simply check with your therapist and get their professional advice on whether you should go for a gua sha facial.
- Must not be done on wounded skin
Similar to the previous point, a gua sha facial’s scraping motion may cause further harm to already irritated or wounded skin; slowing down its healing process. This includes sunburnt and sensitive skin. It is recommended that you wait for your skin to regain its natural state before booking an appointment.
- Always go to a professional
Although it is possible to give yourself a gua sha facial at home by simply purchasing the tool; the average person is simply not equipped with the knowledge on how to do it the right way. Furthermore, a gua sha facial done by a professional tends to go deeper for a real detox. The right way to do it includes knowing which direction to scrape and the amount of pressure to apply – we suggest leaving this to the professionals so all you have to do is lay down and relax.
- Do not consume alcohol after the treatment
A gua sha facial will increase blood circulation and the flow of chi so it is necessary to avoid alcohol for the rest of the day after the treatment to prevent impeding blood and energy flow.
- Applying skincare after the treatment is allowed
Just like any other facial treatment, you will be allowed to apply your usual skincare products after a gua sha facial. In fact, it is even better for you to complete your skincare routine after the treatment as your skin will be able to absorb the nutrients more effectively and efficiently.
3.2 What to expect before and after a breast massage
Going for a breast massage may seem daunting because after all, the chest area is a sensitive and private portion of our body. However, there is no need to fret as these professional therapists have been trained to provide the best service and have years of experience. Here are what you need to know:
- Manage your expectations
It is understandable to want to see results immediately after a breast massage but that is often not the case, as consistency and maintenance are key. Do not expect to see overwhelming results, such as a bigger bust and firm breasts, in just one session. However, we assure you that you will feel more refreshed and lighter following the massage.
- Breast massages are suitable for everyone
Yes, you read that right. A breast massage can be done on any woman to maintain the look and feel of her bust; you do not have to be suffering from sagging breasts or a small bust to be able to go for one. Nevertheless, if you have recently undergone surgery on the chest area, it is advisable that you seek professional advice from a doctor beforehand.
3.3 What to expect before and after a womb massage
While womb massages are not new in Singapore, it is still relatively unknown among the general public. So if you are considering going for a womb massage but are also feeling apprehensive, these are the things to take note of:
- Can be done postpartum too
Womb massages can improve fertility but that does not mean their benefits stop there – you can also go for one during your postpartum period to aid your womb in its natural cleansing process. This is when blood and other forms of discharge will be eliminated from your body post-delivery so a womb massage will aid in the process to make it easier.
- It does not hurt
You may be wondering if a womb massage hurts but the good news is that it does not! It does involve stimulating certain acupoints to unlock stagnation so that may involve a bit of pressure but it should never hurt. On the contrary, many ladies have found a womb massage to be a comfortable and bearable treatment.
- Avoid cold drinks after the treatment
TCM believes that a ‘cold womb’ can result from excessive consumption of cold drinks and hence, it is important that you avoid them after a womb massage. This is to prevent lowering the effects of the treatment so that you see results quicker.
3.4 What to expect before and after moxibustion
Many are more familiar with the usual TCM treatments such as acupuncture, tui na and herbal medications but moxibustion is equally effective and deserves the same amount of attention. Here are what you need to know:
- Must be done by a trained practitioner
Moxibustion should always be done by a trained practitioner as it involves burning herbs on your body; you do not want to risk burning yourself through the DIY method or if done by someone who has not been trained.
- There are two types of moxibustion methods
Direct moxibustion entails having the burning moxa touch your skin directly whereas, for indirect moxibustion, the practitioner holds the burning moxa an inch away from your skin. The latter is often the preferred method as it is seen as a safer option.
- It is not for everyone
Like a gua sha facial, moxibustion is not for everyone. It is advisable to postpone treatment if you are menstruating or have been diagnosed with excess ‘heat’.
- Drink plenty of water after the treatment
Water will help to replenish the fluids you have lost during the process of moxibustion, further aiding in the detoxification process.
Start caring for your body from head to toe, the inside out with Ample Life
The treatments mentioned above can all be done at Ample Life – we have more than 25 years of experience providing top-notch service and treatments focusing on beauty and wellness.
Our brand and team of practitioners believe in helping our clients achieve beauty in a holistic way and hence, our treatments focus on nourishing all aspects of the body through good blood circulation and chi flow.
Consider our Oriental Gua Sha 3-in-1 with Basic Women’s Care treatment for detoxification which reduces skin dullness and puffiness and brightens the complexion by stimulating the facial meridians and lymphatic movement.
Our Meridian Drainage + Firming Therapy breast massage helps to clear blockages in the breast meridians, purify the gland tubes, reduce hyperplasia, promote better blood circulation and enhance the firming effect.
Try our Essential Uterus/Ovarian Therapy, a womb massage, if you are suffering from painful periods or would like to boost your fertility. It prevents a ‘cold womb’ and promotes blood circulation.
Last but not least, our “Empowered Women Health” Premium Moxibustion Therapy is an effective treatment that enhances vitality and blood circulation, and promotes greater health benefits and well-being.