ZEN FACIAL AS EXPERIENCED BY YOUR MOST TRUSTED SOURCES
HARRPER'S BAZAAR MAGAZINE: "I WENT TO THE FACIALIST THAT (ALMOST) EVERY AUSTRALIAN SUPERMODEL SWEARS BY"
I realised that all the muscles in my face were more relaxed than ever. I guess this is what Botox must feel like, except without the injectables. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely could frown if I wanted to, but it was harder than usual.
The treatment made my face default to serene, which made me wonder: What kind of facial expressions had I been walking around with that morning?
RUSSH MAGAZINE: "ZEN FACIAL"
In a serene beach side studio, nestled near the water at Bronte beach, lies Zen Facial – the treatment room of Eastern remedial therapies expert Fumi Yamamoto. Less beauty therapist and more healer, Yamamoto is qualified in Japanese remedial diagnostic yoga, Zen Shiatsu, meridian therapy, aromatherapy, myofascial release, lymphatic drainage, reflexology and neurological repatterning. Offering a facial that begins at the feet and ends with Yamamoto sculpting the face with her hands for her famous ‘chiselling’ – a method used to pronounce cheekbones and generate a smoother brow. The perfect pre-event ritual – or for whenever you feel the need to give your face some overdue TLC – Yamamoto’s facials are a true mind-body experience.
SUNDAY LIFE: "THE SUPER FACIAL"
Natural therapist Fumi Yamamoto gives a facial like no other, combining reflexology, acupressure massage, facial yoga and meditation. Fumi aims to get skin glowing and balanced, ridding it of toxins and delivering more nutrients to the cells through lymphatic drainage. She works from my feet to my head and gives my skull an extensive workout with her gentle yet powerful fingers. She uses muscle-release techniques and essential oils to work on the stress locked in my face, neck and those problem shoulders. This is the opposite of a pampering facial.
THE FILE: "HOW TO DO FACE YOGA"
The general consensus from said friends in fashionable places was that when you leave her table, you walk out with a radiating smile, feeling rejuvenated, balanced, calm and more energetic – with a set of cheekbones that you didn’t even know you had.
THE WEEKLY REVIEW:"WE TRY A ZEN FACIAL"
After a busy week, this exhausted journo needs to wind down. So when I heard about rave reviews for Zen Facial from the likes of Jessica Gomes, I could hardly wait to give it a go. The promise: natural therapist Fumi Yamamoto’s signature Zen Facial promises to deliver a “natural facelift for the body and soul’’
My cheeks are visibly plumper, my brow is noticeably smoother, a niggling backache has disappeared and I seem to have lost one of my chins...
Fumi’s magic fingers and holistic approach to working through the stresses and strains of everyday life are a girl’s best friend.
BODY + SOUL: "ZEN FACIAL: DOES IT REALLY WORK?"
I... see myself looking as though I've never had a stressful or toxic day in my life. My eyes are bright, my cheekbones and jawline contoured, there is space between my eyebrows and my cheeks are lifted. My skin glows and has a more even tone.
Most of all, I feel wonderfully peaceful, like I've been on a long, lovely holiday.
APRIL ISSUE, 2007
VOGUE: "ZEN AND THE ART OF BODY AND MIND MAINTENANCE"
When is a facial more than a facial? How about when your skin emerges visibly glowing, with muscles lifted and contours newly defined? Or when you awaken with a peaceful mind, and coulis appear brighter, sounds doom sharper and smells are crisper.
BEAUTY: OCTOBER 2008
VIRGIN AUSTRALIA VOYEUR MAGAZINE: "You BeautY: Where rest and relaxation is your ultimate reward"
Enjoy a facial, celebrity-style at Zen Facial, by booking a secret spa location. Along with your shoes, leave your idea of what constitutes a facial at the door. Once you’re lying on the table and Yamamoto is working her magic, you will start to understand why she calls it a “facelift for the body and soul”. Each treatment is tailored to the individual and combines beautiful scented oils with meditative abdominal and facial diagnostic treatments. You have been warned…. The 90 minute delight may leave you feeling so relaxed you won’t want to leave.
BEAUTY: AUGUST 2003
SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: "CAN A JAPANESE FACIAL MASSAGE REALLY RUB OUT WRINKLES WHILE HARMONISING YOUR BODY AND SOUL?"
The brochure about facial harmony promises me a blissful journey from head to toe. My guide on this journey is Japanese-born yoga teacher and shiatsu practitioner, Fumi Yamamoto. Dressed in white and lavender with a face that radiates a happy healthiness, Yamamoto immediately exudes a sense of calm befitting someone experienced in the art of healing. But she tells me this hasn’t always been the case.