School of Biomechanics, Sports and Remedial Therapy

Facial Rejuvination Acupuncture

facial acupuncture

Facial Rejuvination Acupuncture

Facial rejuvenation acupuncture has been performed in China form as early as 960-1270 AD during the Sung Dynasty mainly on the concubines of Empress and Emperor’s. For thousands of years, the Chinese have advocated that beauty starts from within therefore, if the internal organs of the body are adequately nourished and the energy and blood are flowing freely and smoothly, the external body will reflect this healthy appearance. During the 1970s Rejuvenation facial acupuncture was extensively researched in China, however it wasn’t until the 1990s before it became popular in the west. This has led to the development of a number of western and traditional Chinese techniques, which has attracted many celebrity endorsements worldwide including Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow.

The facial rejuvenation acupuncture course is designed specifically to meet the needs of busy therapists with an interest in naturally restoring a younger healthier appearance to their clients. Students will learn how to utilise both western and traditional Chines acupuncture in the management of a range of conditions that will affect the healthy appearance of the face. This will include addictions (smoking, drugs, alcoholism), insomnia,  depression, anxiety, over-weight, and headaches. Once students have developed an understanding of underlying factors that may cause or exacerbate the appearance of the skin they will then progress on to applying acupuncture techniques that will tone and rejuvenate the skin around the face and neck.

The course will provide the required knowledge and understanding of the importance of collagen in maintaining healthy skin and the physiological effects of acupuncture on increasing collagen production therefore helping to firm the skin and fill out wrinkles. Furthermore how acupuncture can regulate blood circulation, interstitial fluid, and tone or relax tense muscles thus lifting the face and leaving a vibrant appearance.  Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western treatment protocols will be presented, thus combining body acupuncture, auricular acupuncture and facial acupuncture to achieve optimum and lasting results for your patients.

Evidence based research in acupuncture will be present to support its teaching.  There is a strong emphasis on health and safety, needling techniques, contraindications and the importance of meridians, and acupuncture point selection. This allows students to develop confidence and experience in the use of acupuncture.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the Foundation in Acupuncture Course successful students will: 

  1. Have knowledge of the indications and contra-indications of manual.
  2. Have an understanding of myofascial pain and its management.
  3. Have a theoretical understanding of the history of facial acupuncture.
  4. Have an understanding of local, segmental, central and physiological effect of acupuncture in pain management, wound healing and collagen synthesis.
  5. Have an understanding of point selection in the management of musculoskeletal disorders of the neck shoulders and facial conditions.
  6. Have knowledge and understanding of how to practise in a safe and prudent manner, and to recognise emergency conditions and other circumstances that may necessitate referral to, or consultation with, their health care providers.

What the candidate must do:

  1. Demonstrate a competency in applying manual facial rejuvenation acupuncture.
  2. Demonstrate a competency in selecting appropriate acupoints (combinations) in the management of anxiety, insomnia and skin disorders.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the physiological effects of acupuncture on healing, pain management and collagen.
  4. Demonstrate a competence in utilising auricular acupuncture in the management of musculoskeletal and psychological disorders.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the meridians, their course, diagnosis and pathology relating to each meridian.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of myofascial pain and its management.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of health and safety and contra-indication of acupuncture

Duration of the course

The guided learning hours for this course is approximately 14 hours over two days.

Target Group and Entry Requirements

The Facial Acupuncture course is designed for registered healthcare professionals (physiotherapists, nurses, podiatrists, sports therapist etc.) who has completed a minimum of a foundation course in acupuncture. Candidates must also hold a current malpractice or professional liability insurance policy, which covers them for the use of acupuncture. Candidates must be in good health, since the course involves a practical component. Note: This course is not suitable for pregnant students as the health and safety of the mother and foetus is paramount.

Number of student per course

The numbers of places available is limited to 10 – 15 (depending on location) to ensure a low student to clinician ratio. Therefore, please note that applications will be accepted on a “first come first served” basis.


The aim of the Facial Acupuncture Course is to provide therapists with a sound knowledge and to develop their clinical skills and clinical reasoning in the use of Western and traditional acupuncture techniques in the facial rejuvenation and disorder that may affect the ageing of the face.


The total course fees are £195

Payments can be made by cheque/cash or debit/credit card. If you have a sponsor or source of funding to help you finance the course we will do what we can to help with the necessary documentation etc. Sessions missed by students still have to be paid for.


The tutors on the course will provide supervision and guidance throughout your study. If you have any concerns or there is anything you don’t understand discuss this with your course tutor. Before or during the breaks of the workshops students can arrange to have a one-to-one tutoring to discuss matters that may be of concern. If you have any requirements (such as assistance with visual or hearing facilities) please inform your tutor or SOBSART on commencement of the course so that we may provide the required provisions.

Principle tutor

Steve Bailey MSc, PGCE, MChs, MCSP,

Physiotherapist, Podiatrist, and Acupuncture Practitioner (Musculoskeletal and Biomechanical Specialist)

Steve BaileySteve Bailey is the principal of The School of Biomechanics, Sports and Remedial Therapies and the managing director of BP Orthotics Ltd.  He is an active sportsman, and practising Podiatrist, Sports Therapist, Acupuncture Practitioner and Physiotherapist with two successful clinics. Steve started his career in the armed forces as a physical training instructor before training as a physiotherapist. Over the past 20 years he has treated, coached and trained various teams and individual athletes up to national and international standards, which includes member of the British Judo Squad, Nottingham Forest Football Club, Coventry City Football Club, Sheffield United Football Club, and Sheffield Wednesday Football Club. Steve has completed an MSc in lower limb biomechanics and an MSc in acupuncture and has been practicing both Western and Traditional Chinese acupuncture for over 10 years. He specialises in the treatment of sports injuries and utilise acupuncture to enhance sports performance in many of his patients. Steve has published a number of research articles concerning acupuncture in the management of musculoskeletal disorders, and has spoken at a number of conferences on this subject.