Here’s What A Gemstone Face Roller Can Do For Your Skin

Here’s What A Gemstone Face Roller Can Do For Your Skin

Article by: Jane Sandwood, freelance writer

Recently, celebrities like K-Pop’s Somi or Akb48’s YoshidaAkari have taken to Youtube to share the best-kept secrets of their skincare routine. It’s not uncommon to use gemstone rollers in the holistic beauty kit. Are they really effective? The answer is yes! Not only are these convenient tools all natural, but they are a quick and easy way to infuse some positive energy into your beauty routine. The cooling effect of the roller helps reduce redness and inflammation of your skin (helpful if you tend to exfoliate often), while the soothing pressure of polished gemstone helps stimulate collagen production deep within your skin. The result is tighter, firmer skin with a natural glow.

Ancient jade for inflammation

Of all the gemstones used to make face rollers, jade is one of the most popular among skincare enthusiasts. The use of jade in skincare and beauty dates back hundreds of years. It’s said that the women of the elite noticed how the prized gemstone always stayed cool to the touch, which made it ideal for refreshing the skin during seasons of hot weather. Today, jade rollers are fantastic for naturally reducing puffiness and inflammation. Those with acne prone skin or redness will appreciate the cooling factor of jade rollers.

Rose quartz for younger-looking skin

The vibrant pink hue of rose quartz makes it an attractive option alone. But on a deeper level, quartz is made of a network of oxygen atoms and silica. It polishes especially well, hence why it is used to create a soft and smooth roller that glides across the skin. The rose quartz roller rejuvenates the skin, smoothing the surface as well as reducing fine lines and wrinkles. It’s also a great roller for a variety of different skin types, so if you’re new to caring for your skin, it makes a wonderful pick. It’s especially beneficial for individuals who hold a demanding outdoor job as their skin can get damaged. To remedy sun damage and other skin ailments, they should use this tool on a daily basis. 

Amethyst for brightening

Not many people know that amethyst is a type of quartz. However, it receives its ultraviolet colouration from the natural iron deposits within, which, when exposed to sunlight, cause a stunning colour to form. Although some associate the deep purple colour of amethyst with night, it truly embodies the sun, having gently blossomed under thousands of years of sunlight to capture this wonderful colour. The amethyst roller is a great choice for brightening the skin, helping ease blemishes or fine lines, as well as keeping an even texture for that youthful glow.

Finding the right gemstone face roller for you

Before picking out a face roller, consider your skincare goals. Are you looking to reduce redness or minimize your pores? Are you looking to firm your skin or get rid of those fine lines and wrinkles? If you’re new to skincare, you really can’t go wrong with any of the gemstone face rollers on the market. That’s because they’re all natural and incredibly effective, containing only natural materials from the Earth. They last a lifetime and even look stunning on your vanity. And if you pick up a face roller, don’t forget to look into gua shas or facial stones as well.

Chi Yu is Open!

Chi Yu is Open!

We are very pleased to announce that chi yu is open!

To make an appointment please call our main number on 02074860304. Our reception is back and ready to take your call (in business hours). Or alternatively, email info@chi-yu.co.uk or use the enquiry form on the website here as usual. (We hope to be able to take WhatsApp enquiries soon, watch this space).

As you may know, we actually reopened on 12th April but we didn’t want to announce it fully until we had a chance to get back into the swing of things after such a long hibernation. Needless to say, all the team of therapists is glad to be back and looking forward to seeing their clients and, of course, to welcoming new ones.

As is becoming the norm, we continue to exercise the necessary precautions to ensure that your visit will be as safe as possible. You should not visit us if you have COVID-19 symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 10 days. As per guidance, you are still required to wear a face covering (we can provide one) at all times and santitise hands and even the bottom of your shoes just to be sure. As before, all the team will be wearing the appropriate PPE and all contact surfaces will undergo extra cleaning and sanitising after each visit (even more than usual!). Despite these necessary measures, we do hope your visit will be a beneficial and pleasant experience.

Kindest regards,
Mami & chi yu team.

New Normal @chi yu

New Normal @chi yu

We just wanted to let you know what to expect when you visit chi yu for your appointment. Since all our services are close proximity we have implemented extra measures to make your visit as safe as possible. We have followed guidelines from the government and relevant trade associations, such as the acupuncture council, to implement best practice – which continues to evolve depending on the risk level.

What we have done

  • All the treatment rooms have been redecorated and deep cleaned, we have left no surface untouched (except for the ceilings)
  • Other areas have been cleaned and sanitised
  • Protective “sneeze” screens have been installed around the reception desk to make payment safer
  • Increased the time between bookings to allow more time for cleaning/sanitising between treatments
  • Trained all therapists with additional cleaning and sanitising requirements
  • Provided the PPE required for the therapists

What to expect when you book

  • We will ask for your contact details if you are a new client (as usual) but may also confirm your contact details if you are already a registered client (for test and trace)
  • We will ask a couple of screening questions
  • We will ask you to fill in a COVID-19 screening questionnaire to determine if it is safe for you to visit and to make you aware of the potential risks. It also includes your consent for treatment.
  • We may not have the time slot you normally like because we may have to adjust our opening times

What to expect on your visit

  • We will take your temperature with a non-contact thermometer to check for fever
  • We will provide you with a mask if you did not bring your own
  • We may ask you to sanitise your hands with sanitiser at chi yu

Hopefully, your visit to chi yu will be a safe and enjoyable experience. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Open & Closed Dates at Chi Yu over the Holiday Period 2019

Open & Closed Dates at Chi Yu over the Holiday Period 2019

We are open & closed on the following days over the Christmas period:

Closed from Tuesday 24th to Thursday 26th December
Open from Friday 27th to Monday 30th December
Closed from Tuesday 31st December to Thursday 2nd January
Open as usual from Friday 3rd January

We wish you all a healthy and happy holidays and look forward to nurturing your well-being in 2020.
Kindest regards Chi Yu Team

We are celebrating our 10th anniversary with a PRIZE DRAW!

We are celebrating our 10th anniversary with a PRIZE DRAW!

The coming of August 2019 marks the 10th year of Chi Yu Wellness Centre. It’s hard to believe that we opened our doors to the first clients 10 years ago! Every client, old and new, is precious to us and we would very much like to thank all of you for your wonderful support and for entrusting us with your continued well-being. We look forward to taking care of you for many years to come.

To help us celebrate and express our gratitude, we are giving away 10 x 1 hour Integrated Therapy treatments in a prize draw. You’ll be automatically entered every time you complete an appointment* at Chi Yu during the months of August and September 2019. So, the more times you visit, the more chances you have of winning! Good luck!

Terms & Conditions: Winners will be notified on 1st October 2019. The prize is given as a gift voucher code and will be emailed to the winners. Only one prize per client will be awarded. There is no monetary alternative. The prize is transferable and must be redeemed before 23rd December 2019. *Only appointments of at least 30 min or longer will be included in the draw.

Chi Yu Reopen Date

Chi Yu Reopen Date

We are pleased to announce that (if all goes to plan) the reopening date of chi yu wellness centre will be Tuesday 4th June and should be business as usual by the end of that week.

In the meantime we are still able to take appointment enquiries through all usual methods.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Refurbishment Closing Dates

Refurbishment Closing Dates

Chi Yu will be closed from Monday 13th May 2019 for 2-3 weeks for essential maintenance and refurbishment works to the premises.

We cannot be exact on the reopening day but we hope to reopen fully by the end of May. Please check back here for updates.

Stop Smoking Today: Strategies to Stay on Track

Stop Smoking Today: Strategies to Stay on Track

(Photo by Mathew MacQuarrie on Unsplash)

Article by: Jane Sandwood, freelance writer

There’s never a better time to quit smoking than the present moment. New data from the University of College London found that the UK has seen its highest smoking quit success rate in decades, a figure partly attributed to new efforts to offset nicotine withdrawal symptoms with holistic wellbeing therapies for mind/body relief. If you’re about to make the leap, holistic well-being will keep your prepared for the challenges with a fresh perspective at mind.

Know What To Expect

It’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the mechanisms of nicotine withdrawal at every stage in the process, especially if this is your first major attempt to cut out smoking from your daily routine. Even though your body will crave nicotine initially, you should start to see improved oxygen levels and improved taste/smell within two days of quitting. Nicotine cravings reach their peak at day three, but begin to subside shortly afterwards. That’s why it’s important to push yourself in the first few days: each day grows easier as you start to see the positive effects quitting has on your health and body.

Consult Your GP

This step is particularly important if you have diabetes, or another long-term medical condition that complicates efforts to quit smoking. Your GP will be able to advise you on treatment and medication options relevant to your condition. For people looking for added support networks, GPs can also connect  you with a local NHS stop-smoking service, which offers resources and advisors to coach you through the process.

Manage Your Stressors

Most people start to see increased levels of anxiety within eight hours of quitting nicotine, which means it’s key to minimise stress during the transitional period. Several peer-reviewed studies suggest that acupuncture is effective for lowering anxiety levels during nicotine withdrawal. This is thought to be the case because acupuncture promotes blood circulation without the side effects of conventional anti-nicotine medications. Other popular stress-reducers for nicotine withdrawal include increased exercise, yoga, and deep-pressure massages to relax tensed muscles in the body.


Quitting is daunting, but any ex-smoker will tell you that the future really is bright. It’s important to take stock of the physical benefits you notice in your body as you quit: changes such as increased taste, oxygen circulation and oral health are permanent, and will leave you feeling healthier for life.

How Can Wellness Treatments Help Battle Long-Term Pain?

How Can Wellness Treatments Help Battle Long-Term Pain?

Article by: Jane Sandwood, freelance writer

Research suggests that chronic pain affects around 43.5% of people in the UK, which has led to an increased interest in medication-free therapies. Massage therapy, a wellness therapy first described in China during the 2nd century B.C., has long played an important role in quelling pain, including lower back pain, shoulder pain, headache pain, and neck pain. When additional wellness therapies such as Shiatsu, holistic aromatherapy, acupressure, or acupuncture are added to the equation, benefits can rise exponentially, since all these therapies have their own positive effects on pain.

Why does acupuncture help?

In a recent study published by scientists at the University of York, it was found that acupuncture can boost the effectiveness of medicine, lowering the severity of chronic pain and depression. The researchers found that when acupuncture was added to standard treatments, there was a big reduction in headaches, migraines, neck, and lower back pain in patients surveyed. Acupuncture also reduced the pain of osteoarthritis, so patients were able to rely less on medication for pain. This ancient therapy can help in another way, says a British Medical Journal study. It can calm highly anxious dental patients, thus helping them receive necessary treatment for tooth decay, gum infections, and other oral problems. Pain is a matter of perception; stress exacerbates it, which is why wellness therapies can help.

Acupressure and shiatsu to reduce pain

Studies have shown that acupressure can relieve many types of pain. Studies have also been carried out on shiatsu, a traditional Japanese massage that relies on pressure to stimulate the body’s natural energy, known as Qi. It is calming yet dynamic, working on acupuncture points with pressure via kneading or effleurage using the thumbs or palms. One study published in the BioMedCentral journal found that acupressure may be beneficial for pain and sleep. Another study published in the Journal of Integrative Medicine showed that shiatsu (even when self-performed) could help manage pain and help people with sleeping problems fall and stay asleep.

Aromatherapy for deep relaxation

Aromatherapy, which relies on healing essential oils to improve the body’s energy, has been found in numerous studies to help relax the mind and quell pain. One study published in Pain Research and Treatment concluded that “aromatherapy can be effective in treating pain for a variety of medical conditions.” These include lower back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic neck pain (potentially), menstrual pain (significantly), and pain related to labor and childbirth.


Wellness therapies that heal the mind and spirit as much as they do the body can help reduce chronic pain. By tackling stress as well as physical pain, they can reduce the perception of the latter. Pain is a subjective notion; it is made worse when we worry about it or feel imprisoned by it. Wellness therapies can help relax, soothe, and 
motivate you to soldier on, even on days when you aren’t feeling your best.

How to Use Wellness Techniques to Help Cope After a Job Loss

How to Use Wellness Techniques to Help Cope After a Job Loss

(Photo by Lesly Juarez on Unsplash)

Article by: Jane Sandwood, freelance writer

Unemployed people are twice as likely as employed people to experience psychological problems (34% compared to 16%). Job loss often ranks among the highest in stress on a list of life-altering events such as a family bereavement, divorce, and serious illness, and for a good reason. Many people tie their work into their sense of purpose and identity within a community. However, losing a job doesn’t have to be completely negative. There are many ways to use the situation to your advantage, and by incorporating wellness techniques into your life, you can find yourself feeling better than before.

Mindfulness & Meditation Promote Well-Being

One study found that one in five Americans without a job for a year or more report that they have been or are currently undergoing treatment for depression. The onset of depression can be caused by and enhanced by various life factors, but mindfulness is one of the most impactful ways to treat it. Meditation, for example, has been shown to increase brain performance, enhance creativity, alleviate stress, and help calm anxiety, all of which are symptoms of depression and the stress related to losing a job. Incorporating just 30 minutes of meditation daily could improve these symptoms while also giving you time alone to speak kindly to yourself and process the emotions you are feeling towards your current financial and professional situation.

Using a Job Loss to Your Professional Benefit

Rather than looking at a job loss as a negative thing, view it as an opportunity to reassess your professional situation, skills and overall desires in your career. Take time to work on your resume, learn a few more marketable skills, and look for the job of your dreams. Ask yourself questions such as whether or not you want to stay in the same occupational field, how you can make yourself a better employee, and where you see yourself a few years down the line. Understanding the answers to these questions will not only help you gain a better perspective on why you might have lost your job, it will help you use the experience to your benefit and come back as a stronger, more marketable employee.

Stay Future-Focused

Losing a job is never easy, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be hard. By incorporating wellness techniques such as meditation and mindfulness into your daily routine, you can alleviate some of the stress and other emotionally-related symptoms you might be experiencing. By quieting your mind you are giving yourself space to process the life change while also assessing what you want professionally. Take time to improve your resume, surround yourself with positive people, and prioritize self-care and you’ll find yourself feeling better in no time, and likely land the job of your dreams.

Cute Personlised Key Rings

Cute Personlised Key Rings

We are delighted to be featuring the cute and innovative 3DSK key rings by Made by Man (the same creators of the Original Origami greeting cards) at chi yu wellness centre. 3DSK stands for 3D Selfie Keyrings and as the name suggests they are personalisable with a selfie image using 3D printing, but that’s not the best thing about them! The best thing is how the selfie image is revealed by light. By holding the 3DSK up to a light source (phone, window etc) and the image is suddenly revealed as if by magic! Watch the video below or see for yourself at chi yu. Visit made-by-man.co.uk to find out more and to buy.

Chi Yu 3DSK tree

 

3DSK P1050924-Monkey Pearly White-reveal with light

People With A Purpose Live Longer: How to Find Yours

People With A Purpose Live Longer: How to Find Yours

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Article by: Jane Sandwood, freelance writer

If you are living life with a purpose, then your are likely to live a longer, happier life. That’s according to a study carried out by researchers at Carleton University, Canada and University of Rochester, USA. They followed people over a 14 year period and found that those who revealed a purpose in their lives at the beginning of the study were more likely to be healthier and happier by the end. A purpose gives a sense of grounding and certainty in the world and motivates you to stick to fitness routines, eat healthily and generally live life to the full. Read on to learn why a purpose matters and how you can find yours.

The Symptoms of a Life Without Purpose

Across the world, an estimated 900 million are unfulfilled by their work, despite the fact that 74% of UK job applicants want employment where their input is valued. A career is your opportunity to provide value to your community and it takes up a huge chunk of your time. Living without a purpose will leave you lacking motivation and feeling enslaved to your work, rather than excited and passionate. If you regularly wonder what the point is, then you probably need to find your life’s purpose.

What is a Purpose?

A purpose is a motivating reason to do something; in this case, it is the reason to live. Each day you will wake up and have to carry out certain obligations. A purpose is the thing that drives you. Workers need to find a purpose to feel fulfilled at work, while retirees need to overcome the struggles of being less able to contribute to society. A purpose comes when you feel that you are helping others and living your passion.

How Can You Find Your Purpose?

Spend some time thinking about your passion and start to dedicate your time and energy on those things that excite you. Build up skills and knowledge is this area, so that you can offer something valuable to society. This way, you can focus on what excites you and the income will take care of itself. Accept that there will be pain and effort involved, but as long as your ultimate goal is joy, you will find that purpose drives you along.

A meaningful life is the key to wellbeing. Some would say that it is even more important than happiness, while others believe it is a key component. Whatever your belief is, scientific studies have shown a correlation between purpose and a long life, meaning it could be the best way to boost your health.

Cultivating Spiritual Well-Being in Everyday Life

Cultivating Spiritual Well-Being in Everyday Life

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Article by: Jane Sandwood, freelance writer

Spiritual well-being is linked to strong mental health regardless of religion or ethnicity, according to recent studies. Despite its common misconception, spiritual well-being is not linked to any one religion, nor is it necessary to profess religion at all to reap the benefits of good spiritual health. Rather, spiritual well-being can be thought of as a philosophy that each person has a purpose and spiritual identity.  Key practices such as meditation and holistic health therapies help people find their spiritual identity, a discovery which, in turns, yields better mental health and satisfaction.

Understanding Spiritual Well-Being

It’s important to understand the parameters of spiritual-well being in a broader sense before thinking about how you can adapt spiritual health for your individual needs. The University of New Hampshire outlines criteria for spiritual-wellbeing, including care for others, compassion, and the ability to reflect on events in everyday life. These practices rest on the idea that everyone has a purpose, and by taking steps to fulfill our purpose, we can find satisfaction and relief from stress. At a personal level, the cultivation of a spiritual identity may involve brainstorming ways to relieve anxiety or reflect on everyday life. When beginning, it is a good idea to keep a journal and set small goals so you can observe your own transformation towards healing.

Spiritual Well-Being and Holistic Therapies

Holistic therapies, including yoga, acupuncture, meditation, and other healing practices are designed to merge physical well-being with a more spiritual one. The word yoga, for instance, means “union” in Sanskrit; and indeed, many think of yoga as the unity of mental, physical, and spiritual cognisance. And indeed, yoga, a practice rooted in spirituality, is associated with symptomatic relief of medical disorders, including high-blood pressure, glaucoma, chronic pain, and above all else, stress. For people whose stress manifests physically, in muscle aches and tension, a massage has obvious physical benefits, but it also trains your mind to relax and trust the person alleviating your pain, which in itself is a component of spiritual-well being.

The Early Bird Catches The Worm

When it comes to childhood development, a comprehensive case study found that children and teenagers develop emotional resilience from spiritual well-being, a correlation that strongly indicates it’s a good idea to teach spiritual well-being to your children at a young age. The researchers hypothesized that spiritual well-being can be thought of as once branch of “coping mechanisms,” which teach youth to navigate hardships and achieve a more positive life outcome. It’s important that parents and guardians have discussions with their children about the development of a spiritual identity as they mature into young adults.

The combination of holistic therapies and daily reflection is tried-and-true when it comes to developing spiritual identity and, ultimately, more satisfaction with life. Incorporating these practices into your routine is a sound way to cultivate your own sense of spiritual well-being as it best suits you.

Collagen: Keeping Your Skin Younger For Longer

Collagen: Keeping Your Skin Younger For Longer

Article by: Jane Sandwood, freelance writer

Research suggests that collagen production  in the body can be improved using Collagen Hydrolysate which is good news when considering that by the age of 45 the average person will have lost 35% of collagen from their skin. Collagen is what makes your skin look plump and firm and keeps it looking youthful. This is why it is important to take care of our skin especially as we age – taking simple steps to improve the look and feel of your skin by making changes to your daily routine or pampering your skin to help improve blood flow and rejuvenate your skins appearance.

What is Collagen and why it is important for our skin?

Collagen is the most abundant protein found in the human body. It can be found in bones, muscles, tendons, blood vessels and skin tissue. It enables the body to replace dead skin cells and most importantly it is what gives our skin its elasticity. Elasticity is important for as it gives the skin its firmness that helps minimise the development of wrinkles and therefore keeps the skin looking younger. As we age, the production of collagen in the body reduces, recent studies have shown that maintaining collagen levels does improve the appearance of your skin.

Can I improve collagen levels in my body?

As we grow older our bodies will naturally reduce the amount of collagen produced, this is just part the body’s natural ageing process, it is unavoidable. However, research indicates that manual and mechanical manipulation of human skin can improve the production and movement of collagen in the body. One of the most effective forms of manual manipulation is through massage therapy.

Having regular massage treatment, like facials, help to improve the blood flow and this maintains high oxygen levels which boosts the production of collagen naturally in the body.

You are what you eat

The common phrase, you are what you eat, very much applies to how your skin looks and feels. You can also help to improve and maintain collagen in your body by including certain foods in your diet. Recent research supports the idea that eating certain foods will help you to maintain healthy looking skin as you grow older. Increase Vitamin C intake from fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants produced by this vitamin help to fight free radicals that reduce the amount of collagen. Other foods that promote collagen production naturally include fish high in Omega-3 oils, nuts, beans and pulses. Eating a broad spectrum of these foods in your diet is important. You can track and monitor what you eat and when.

Growing old is just part of life, and there is nothing you can do to stop it. You can however improve the look and feel of your skin by taking steps to improve and maintain vital collagen levels. This can be done through good diet, exercise and treatments like facial massages.

 

Chi Yu is OPEN! We are taking appointments as usual. Please call 02074860304 or email info@chi-yu.co.uk to book. (some restrictions may still apply)