A Natural Facial With Real Results

Why you should try this AYURVEDIC FACIAL TREATMENT in Dublin 8 …


In an inconspicuous lane near St Patrick’s Cathedral sits the Fumbally Stables, a multi-purpose centre run by the owners of the Fumbally Café. They host a range of events and workshops from yoga retreats to supper clubs, but we stopped by to visit Ffion Thomas of Mandala Holistic Therapies in her treatment room upstairs.

Ffion, who grew up in Wales but now lives in Dublin, is a holistic therapist based in Dublin 8. She specialises in Ayurvedic rejuvenating facial treatments which she learned through the London Centre of Indian Champissage; she has been practicing since 2015 and regularly attends courses and workshops to further her skills. Ffion set up Mandala with the aim of sharing her love of natural and non-invasive beauty treatments. She believes deep relaxation and parasympathetic nervous system activation is at the root of feeling and looking our best. Her treatments are unique and dynamic with a gentle, holistic approach.

Throughout the hour-long treatment, Ffion will occasionally explain what she is doing, but really this is an hour to totally switch off: soothing music and candles, together with a heated blanket and the scent of the essential oils, mean you are quickly lulled into a state of total relaxation. I tried the Natural Facelift Massage (Facial Rejuvenation), a gentle, non-invasive treatment that works primarily by “freeing constrictions within the facial muscles and connective tissue.” Specific “lifting techniques” encourage blood circulation to the face, as well as facial exercises and lymph drainage techniques to help give a glowing complexion. According to Ffion, “Reduction of the appearance of fine lines, puffiness and redness are common results of this treatment. It’s recommended to have a block of 4-6 treatments for optimum results, as it can help to undo habitual facial expressions and re-train the facial muscles.” I received many compliments on glowing skin for days after having the treatment, though people with older skin may see more obvious results.


Next I tried the Kansa Wand Facelift Massage, and this is where I saw immediate results. According to Ffion, “This dynamic treatment integrates massage of the facial marmas (Ayurvedic acupressure points) with the use of a simple massage tool called a Kansa Wand and nourishing oils.” Kansa means bronze, and the metal alloy used is known in India as the “healing metal”; the wand works to remove tension around the face. This treatment can offer relief from sleep issues, facial pain and tension, eyestrain, sinus congestion, tension headaches and may help to reduce puffiness or dark circles under the eyes. I saw a noticeable difference in puffiness after the treatment. Ffion completes the right side of your face and shows you the results in the mirror before completing the second half, though I could physically feel the difference before she even explained what she did – my left side felt very full and heavy, which made sense when Ffion explained that she was “releasing the connective tissues of the dermis and underlying facial muscles”. It’s encouraging to really see results during the process. When asked how I could help to maintain this at home, Ffion recommended a quick daily facial massage when applying moisturiser in the morning by simply moving your fingers in a circular motion up your face.

Every product Ffion uses is organic and natural, right down to the non-bleached organic cotton pads from Muji. The oils and balms (featuring essential oils such as frankincense and jojoba) she applies are actually made by her aunt, Josie’s Botanicals (named after Ffion’s grandmother who has been a long time tester for the brand). Ffion has been using them on her own skin for years and knew when she was starting her practice these were the only products she would use.

In this age of wellness and self-care, natural and non-invasive treatments are beginning to regain popularity. “I just want to make people of aware of alternative therapies,” Ffion says, emphasising that there are options other than injectables, fillers and microdermabrasion for those who want to retain a youthful appearance but don’t want to go down that route. Ffion’s treatment room in the Fumbally Stables feels like a hidden treasure. What you get is a fully sensory experience from start to finish. Little details like a relaxing head massage to finish the treatment, heated blankets and a herbal tea to relax with after will make you not want to leave. You walk out feeling like you’re on cloud nine, it’s an hour of pure escape right in the centre of town. I can’t wait to book in again already.


Síomha Connolly

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