Skin care

Facials header 9:16Knowing that the health of the skin is supported by the hormone-regulated endocrine system and thus the emotions, my studio is in a private, tranquil setting that allows the process of skin healing to begin.

Skin consultation – Caring for your skin at home should be a pleasurable and rewarding experience. Often, however, not understanding your skin and the multitude of products that are available, chronic skin problems can flourish. Allow me to be your diagnostician and map out a routine with products suited to your skin’s particular needs. Many people find success with this service when they have not had good luck following tradition medical protocols for things like acne, rosacea, eczema, dermatitis, keratosis pilaris, formation of pre-cancerous keratosis or extreme sensitivities.  Includes:
–  Skin analysis under mag lamp plus questionnaire to determine genetic disposition, causes and cures.
–  Skin cleansing and application of products recommended. Custom compounded products may be created.
–  Recommendations may be made for a facial treatment if advanced care is needed.
–  Step by step skincare treatment routine provided; free of charge follow up visit and seasonal updates.
45 minutes: $50 plus product purchases.

Product introduction – Are you curious about my skincare products? Book a casual session with me and let me tell you about them or visit my interactive on-site studio store Tuesday – Saturday. Please call ahead. No fee.

My practice features an in-house apothecary where I hand-formulate skin renewal products from organic, natural and dermaceutically active ingredients.  Drawing from my experience in aromatherapy/herbalism combined with my para-medical training, these holistic products are able to transform the skin in a way that often times traditional medicines cannot.  They are free of allergenic synthetic fragrance, toxic paraben preservatives and are only tested on my friends, not on animals.

Many of my cosmetic products are also compounded by me in the apothecary.  In addition, many of my classic cosmetic formulations are created for me in a laboratory with my exacting standards free of synthetic fragrance or toxic ingredients that I then custom blend and custom fill from.

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Jane Balshaw; Aromatherapy practitioner

Jane Balshaw is an aromatherapy practitioner.  Aromatherapy is the ancient art and science of healing through the use of essential oils, which are delicate plant extracts considered to be the ‘blood’ or ‘essential’ life-force of plants. As such, essential oils are abundantly rich in complex nutrients much like human blood. Each essential oil carries its own unique botanical profile of healing nutrients, providing a host of therapeutic possibilities to the aromatherapy practitioner.

Although essential oils may vary greatly in their nutrient profiles and specific usage, one quality they all have in common is their cytophylactic nature. Cytophylaxis is a biological mechanism in which cellular activity increases to prevent cells from being damaged. This mechanism, in part, is due to the inherent oxygen carrying capacity within the oils. Like human blood, essential oils transport oxygen and key nutrients to tissues for health and healing.  Cellular oxygenation is touted amongst many scientists as the premise of age and disease-reversal, more commonly known as The Fountain of Youth. It is interesting to observe that essential oils, when handled and stored properly, have extraordinarily long shelf lives, as their regenerative qualities are also naturally self-regenerative!

Due to the remarkable cytophylactic nature of essential oils, seemingly intractable health conditions can be addressed with great success. In Europe, where aromatherapy is commonly employed by physicians, essential oils are used with superlative effects in treating serious conditions such as 2nd and 3rd degree burns, infectious diseases, organ and gland malfunction, psychological conditions, as well as many other issues.

Perhaps the most common method of use with essential oils is in topical skincare. Here, severely damaged skin can heal through the potent regenerative qualities of this liquid phytonutrition. Burns, growths, wrinkles, cysts, pimples, age spots, skin discoloration and rough texture all respond to essential oils, which are safely and easily absorbed through the skin.  Common oils used in regenerative skincare are Frankincense, Helichrysum, Lavender, Sandalwood, Angelica, Tea Tree, Geranium, and Cedarwood. Each oil heals damaged skin tissue and offers additional unique qualities that are selected for a specific condition by the practitioner.

When practicing or utilizing aromatherapy, choosing high quality essential oils is of top priority. Due to their highly concentrated nature, it is critical to use oils that are organic or wildcrafted, minimally processed and properly stored. If a plant is treated with exogenous harmful chemicals, those chemicals get concentrated into the plant blood (essential oils), which then transport into the extraction process and into bottles! This chemical transfer process is the same with human consumption of harmful chemicals in food, which get stored in the fatty tissues and blood once they are ingested.

Jane Balshaw utilizes the highest quality essential oils to enhance and customize the benefits of her products and treatments. Appointments can be made to have an aromatherapeutic consultation and to create different scents for a variety of take-home uses. Products may be boosted with oils for skincare, bath care or for pure aromatherapeutic delight in the case of room sprays or natural perfumes. Pure unadulterated essential oils promise a fragrantly therapeutic addition to any skincare, healthcare and/or lifestyle regimen.

By W.B.

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