HEALTH: Pin your hopes on a different kind of facial |

HEALTH: Pin your hopes on a different kind of facial

April Schulte-Barclay
Free Press Health Columnist
Facial Acupuncture Beauty Treatment
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After being in practice for 10 years and having provided an estimated 26,000 acupuncture treatments, I absolutely love that periodically my work still amazes me. There is a special pleasure that is derived from witnessing miracles unfold in a patient’s health and well-being. When that miracle happens with me as the patient, it is just as rewarding!

Over the past summer, my husband, kids and I moved to a new home; I expanded Healing Horizons Integrated Health Solutions; and I helped my family expand my mother’s business, Dance Works. We did it all in just a few months time, and we did it simultaneously. We did not plan to have such an intense summer but we did not stop the process from rolling on either!

The results were fantastic. My family is very happy in our new home; Healing Horizons is an even better place for healing; and Dance Works is an amazing school for the performing arts. However, the stress, endless work hours, poor eating and sleep schedule, took its toll on my health and my skin.

Equipped with an iPhone to help me capture every possible second of my twins’ cuteness as they grow up, I accidentally hit the button that reverses the camera so I could see an image of my face on the screen. Um … ewwwwww! My first thought when I saw my image was, “I didn’t need to see that! I definitely don’t need a picture of it either!” I realized that this last summer aged me by about 10 years.

While my health is important to me, I have to admit — looking 10 years older than I am has completely motivated me. Resisting the urge to run to the nearest professional for Botox, I decided to give our very own facial rejuvenation acupuncture (FRA) series a try. Before I tell you the miracle I have experienced, allow me to explain what FRA is.


FRA has always been my personal favorite treatment offered at Healing Horizons as it offers many benefits wrapped up in one treatment session. As the name denotes, Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is a rejuvenating treatment that combines a facial and acupuncture. Acupuncture is performed both on the body and the face to optimize the patient’s health on the inside and speed up collagen production to minimize lines and lift the face. Thereby, the treatment literally treats the person from the inside-out and the outside-in.

In my case, FRA is the ultimate multi-tasking dream when it comes to taking care of me. The acupuncture at body points helps to strengthen my digestion and restore my body’s energy, while the facial points actively start to fill in the lines and wrinkles. During the session, our wonderful esthetician, Carolyn Lampshire, LE, certified reflexologist, certified aromatherapist, pampered me with a natural facial, neck and foot massage, and reflexology treatments. Therefore, I get to take an uninterrupted nap, address my health concerns, and work on erasing those signs of aging all at the same time!

And the miracle? After only two treatments, I can see and feel the difference already! In addition to experiencing increased energy and improved digestion, I can accidentally hit that reverse button on my phone’s camera and see myself on my phone’s screen and say, “Now that’s better!” I can’t wait to see what happens after the recommended six treatments.

April L. Schulte-Barclay is a doctor of acupuncture and Oriental medicine and is a licensed acupuncturist. She is licensed by the Colorado Board of Medical Examiners and is certified by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She is founder and clinic director of Healing Horizons Integrated Health Solutions, located at 2139 N. 12th St. #7. For more information, call 970-256-8449.

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