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Video Review: The Chinese Acupressure Facelift

By Kelly Kim

If you’ve been somewhat displeased with the reflection looking back at you from the mirror, chances are you’ve been seeing the effects of gravity plus time, or for some of us, gravity plus time, plus the punitive consequences of a less than, shall we say, moderate lifestyle. You know -- the one that includes five servings of fresh fruits and vegetables every day, regular use of your gym membership, saying no to drugs, alcohol and meaningless sex, and alas, opting to flash a Dalai Lama-kindness smile at the middle finger of the commuter next to you…Hmm let‘s see, that makes almost all of us! Rejoice, if for any other reason that at least you’re not alone.

Maybe you‘ve toyed with the idea of surgically removing your chicken throat jowls, lifting those sad eyes and stretching out the embattled lines on your face, but you‘re holding back out of fear of never waking up from the anesthesia, or just as bad -- of waking up but looking like a frightened deer caught in the headlights/wax museum figure/ Frankenstein‘s bride-- anything but you. If what you’d really like is to look better naturally, to still look like you, only with a good spring cleaning to your appearance without having to undergo major reconstruction, then you may want to check out ‘The Chinese Acupressure Facelift‘, a thirty seven minute video that takes you on a journey toward a more youthful face through the use of ancient energy points that can be stimulated with the fingers to improve circulation and skin tone, thereby improving your looks.

The video begins with a history as to what acupressure is and how it has been used since ancient times, not only for beauty, but for health as well. It touts facial acupressure as the more holistic, inexpensive and supposedly permanent procedure over other “temporary” alternatives, such as plastic surgery and expensive skin products. But before your heart begins palpitating out of control with hopes of having at last stumbled upon the ever-elusive fountain of youth, stop. Acupressure will not magically drop 30 years from your appearance; however, it is a non-invasive alternative to surgery that may help you look a couple of years younger.

Featuring the Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners Ming Ming and David Molony, the video demonstrates how to stimulate each point followed by an explanation as to which undesirable trait it targets. Each exercise is done about thirty times and there is pleasant Chinese music in the background. The second half of the video repeats the entire sequential exercise without abbreviation or much new commentary. Lastly, it is followed by common sense advice on taking care of your health to maintain a youthful appearance. The exercises are easy to do and can be done by anybody. The video is a good, basic introduction to facial acupressure for those interested less in elaboration and more in the technique, as it gets straight to the heart of the exercises. It is not however, for the lazy, nor for those with unrealistic expectations: the exercises can only improve your looks if they are done on a regular basis, and in no way gives you results comparable to a true facelift, as the title may imply. It will not take off ten years, so if that’s what you’re hoping for, you’re better off searching for a reputable cosmetic surgeon whose patients don’t all look suspiciously alike in their post-surgery pictures. The video advises doing the exercises daily.

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Kelly Kim is a fourth year student of Traditional Chinese Medicine at Yo San University in Los Angeles. She completed her undergraduate studies in Sociology and minored in Native American Studies. It was the latter which first sparked her interest in alternative healing therapies. Originally from South Korea she now lives in Los Angeles.


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