I’d never experienced acupuncture and I was really curious about it. I wanted to know if it could be used as a beauty treatment. And like most other women I spoke with about acupuncture, I wanted to know if it would hurt. Erin Telford, a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist at Radiant Heart Acupuncture in New York City, agreed to give me an acupuncture facial while Embergermedia.com videotape it.
Needles were inserted in my feet, legs, arms, hands and face. I expected to just have needles in my face, but Erin explained how the the face is viewed as an extension of the energy channels that run dynamically through every part of the body.
To keep the length of the video to 2 minutes, I didn’t include all of the steps she performed. The photos above are from the facial part of the treatment. Erin applied a mask of Chinese herbs (that she tailored to my skin type) and a second mask of egg whites, followed by a wonderfully relaxing face massage.
Oh, and to answer the question – did it hurt? Only the needle she placed in my right hand hurt. Erin said it may have been resting on a nerve. Otherwise, the experience was actually quite pleasant. And Erin really knows her craft. The treatment I had was called Constitutional Facial Acupuncture Renewal. The cost is $250. My treatment was complimentary.