By Michelle Gellis, AP, DiplAc.
For those seeking to add Facial Acupuncture to their practice, this article discusses the importance of proper training with facial acupuncture CEU certification classes.
Facial Acupuncture, also known as Cosmetic Acupuncture, is one of the fastest growing areas in our industry. When done properly it can add value and an additional stream of income to your practice. Many practitioners have recognized this and are jumping on the bandwagon. However, some are attempting to practice without getting facial acupuncture certification. This has lead to untrained practitioners, and improper technique which unfortunately is being publicized on social media, and other places on the internet.
As a nationally recognized, published expert in facial acupuncture my facial acupuncture CEU certification classes are designed to uphold the integrity, safety and professionalism of cosmetic acupuncture. Many of the photos circulating on social media portray facial acupuncture practices involving excessive needles, placed improperly.
The following are five reasons why it is crucial to get facial acupuncture certification before attempting to practice on your patients.
1) The overall efficacy of facial acupuncture treatment is dependent on in-depth knowledge of Facial Anatomy and Neuroanatomy. During a facial acupuncture CEU certification class you will review the nerves, muscles and bones which make up the intricate facial structure and function of the facial nerves, muscles and vascular system.
2) TECHNIQUE, TECHNIQUE, TECHNIQUE! Proper needling technique must be taught in a hands-on supervised environment. Facial acupuncture has unique safety concerns. Due to the number of needles used in facial acupuncture, the fragility of the facial blood vessels and capillaries, proper training is required to understand the precautions which must be taken in order to avoid bruising or swelling. Additionally, techniques such as submuscular needling, proper use of intradermals, facial motor points, and scalp acupuncture are not something you can self teach. The photos below represent proper and improper needling techniques.
Improper Facial Acupuncture Needling:Proper Facial Needling Technique:
3) Learning to screen for contraindications is imperative. Unlike most forms of acupuncture, facial acupuncture can have serious side effects if done improperly. Migraines, stroke, bruising and feinting can occur if these contraindications are not screened for thoroughly. Facial Acupuncture CEU Certification Classes will review potential contraindications to treatment.
4) Facial Acupuncture must include a comprehensive treatment protocol. In order to properly ground the patient, address underlying pathology, and treat all levels of the face (skin, muscles, fat, etc.) body points, clearing treatments, facial cupping, facial gua sha and microneedle derma rolling should all be included in treatment.
5) It’s not just about wrinkles! Skin care is not something that is typically taught in acupuncture school. Treating conditions such as acne, melasma, rosacea, large pores, brown spots, “drinkers nose” broken capillaries, pale skin etc. requires knowledge of the etiology, TCM protocols, nutrition, and topical products which can rejuvenate and maintain a youthful and healthy glow to the skin.You can learn more about Gellis Facial Acupuncture CEU Certification Classes by visiting my website. All classes are NCCAOM, FL and CA approved for CEUs.
By Michelle Gellis, AP LAc MAc DiplAc.
Facial acupuncture classes … lots of folks are offering them these days.
The cost for typical 2-3 day facial acupuncture class can be substantial. Before you enroll, here are 10 things to consider before signing up for a facial acupuncture class:
Is the instructor certified by the American Acupuncture Council?
If AAC is your insurance company, you must be trained by an AAC certified instructor for coverage. You can contact AAC for the most current list. Even if AAC is not your insurance provider, you may switch in the future, and being trained by an AAC provider lends some credibility to your skills.
What is the average facial acupuncture class size?
If the teacher to student ratio is too large, you will not get the supervision necessary to monitor new skills being taught.
What are the instructor’s credentials?
What is their teaching experience, where, how long? Are they published? Is their degree in acupuncture or another field?
Is it a hands-on class?
You should be able to practice what you learn, with special emphasis on new techniques and skills.
Will supplies be provided or charged for separately?
There should be no hidden costs. Everything you need to practice in class should be supplied. Some instructors sell their own product lines or add-ons, and classes can become very ‘product centered.’
Is the system something that is easily learned?
Techniques that are complicated or overly time consuming are rarely implemented after you leave the class. Speak to folks who have studied with the instructor.
Is the class comprehensive?
Will you need to take a follow up or advanced class before you can practice the techniques?
How much time will there be to practice?
There should be ample time allotted to practice new skills.
What CEUs are attached to the class?
How many, and for which states.
What is the cancellation policy?
If you cannot attend, can you use the tuition towards another class in the future or is the money lost?
Michelle Gellis, AP, M.Ac, DiplAc., L.Ac has been teaching Facial Acupuncture classes since 2005. She is a Faculty Member and Clinic Supervisor at the Maryland University of Integrative Health. She has been published in the Journal of Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture Today and The Acupuncture Desk Reference. To learn more about her classes, please visit our registration page.
The human face has 43 muscles, which work together to form facial expressions. Over time, these expressions get lodged in the connective tissue of the face causing fine lines, deep furrows, sagging skin and jowls. Facial rejuvenation acupuncture, facial cupping and facial gua sha (chinese massage) can release atrophied muscles and bring out the innate radiance in our skin.
We have all seen the affects of long-term illness; overwork or poor sleep on the face. The resultant tired eyes, poor skin color and lack of vibrancy in the skin are apparent. But what happens when someone is perpetually angry, sad or worried? The face is the repository of our emotions as well, and our habitual expressions will become part of our facial landscape. As an acupuncturist who specializes in facial acupuncture, I know first hand how 20 years of grief can manifest in someones face: a turned down mouth, deep lines between the eyebrows and grayish skin tone. In Chinese medicine we refer to this as a lack of “shen”.
A person’s shen is their spirit (in a nonreligious sense). When evaluating Shen, an acupuncturist is looking at your emotional state and presence (or lack) of radiance, calm, and balance. Facial rejuvenation acupuncture releases the signs of stuck emotions through points in the muscles, deep tissue massage, lymph drainage and body points which move stuck energy in the endocrine system (thyroid) and the entire body and balancing your hormones. An acupuncturist trained in facial acupuncture can erase years off your face and neck, and improve your pigmentation without the use of toxins, fillers, or surgery. The treatments are very relaxing; most of my patients fall asleep and feel calm and energized afterwards.
I have been going to Michelle for several months to fight the signs of aging. Michelle is absolutely by far the best! People keep asking me how I stay so young! I have tried several acupuncturists before but have never experienced such remarkable, extremely obvious results before Michelle. When people ask my age they think I am lying. They can’t believe I’m over 50. My skin looks and feels great, wrinkles are diminished, and my energy level is unbelievable. Michelle’s treatment area is very comfortable, professional and relaxing, not like most of the sterile type acupuncture environments. I highly recommend Michelle for facial rejuvenation, stress reduction, smoking cessation, and weight loss! Thanks Michelle!! You’re the best………….. Jenny Age 57