SERENE co-founder and model/actress Millana Snow went through an epidermal transformation when she finally decided to get to the root of her problematic skin. Her savior was the work of Sandra Lanshin Chiu, founder of Williamsburg’s Treatment by Lanshin. To read earlier entries click here.
I was seeing a lot of improvement in my skin after the second and third treatments of my Skin Rehab. One of the first things I noticed was that my pores had already gotten smaller and smoother. This was a great surprise, as I had long been told by my “celebrity dermatologist” that my pores would never get smaller! I also noticed that the breakouts were cycling through and healing much faster, with much less scarring/color pigmentation. Although my skin wasn’t 100% breakout free, I had already seen a vast improvement.
I was also feeling much more at ease and even-tempered than usual. Prior to my treatments, there was no balance in my life and it was really taking its toll. I was working night and day… 16 hours a day on SERENE. I was NOT taking care of myself and I finally started to realize that I needed to balance my work with self-care! Seeing Sandra once a week in her beautiful space helped me make a change: living and working with more balance and self care- and sticking with it! Funny enough, it was around this time that I also noticed that I was having more flow in my life in general. I was going on great dates again, spending more time with my amazing friends, and I even noticed that I had more castings and auditions for campaigns and shows. Could it be that I was allowing more of what I wanted in my life by taking the time to take care of myself?
During weeks one and two, Sandra gave me new products, supplements, and great self-care advice. Additionally, besides needling my face, she treated me with cupping on my back and acupuncture in my upper abdomen during both visits. Sandra said that she noticed that I was still holding a lot of tension and that the cupping on my back would help ease the tightness. The cupping felt like a very strong vacuum sucking my skin, and although it left red marks on my back for a day or two it actually felt pretty good! Sandra also needled my back and stomach to allow my chi to flow. It was pretty amazing because it felt like she was literally recalibrating my energy with each turn of her needles. I could feel sensations all over my body and even my organs reacted to needles applied in my upper stomach. I suspected that the needles in my back and stomach were to help move around any tight and anxious energy that wasn’t allowing my well-being to flow. Once I was over the initial nervousness of needles, this quickly became something I looked forward to because of how at ease I felt after!
By the end of week three I was feeling and seeing results! Slowly but surely I was becoming a true believer in the ability of holistic rehab changing me physically, emotionally and spiritually!
Want to read about Sandra’s point of view of my holistic Skin Rehab journey? Click here!