Most Sydneysiders are leading hectic and busy lifestyles, leaving very little leeway for relaxation or beauty therapy. Balance My Temple is a business that sidesteps parking mayhem and unfamiliar salons because you'll get customised treatments that target your body at a cellular level in the comfort of your own home.
Welcoming a stranger into your home isn't what everyone has in mind for a Wednesday evening. But I shouldn't have been concerned at all. Firstly, because Alison of Balance My Temple is incredibly nice and soothing. And secondly, because she knows what she's doing.
She arrives with portable massage table, towels, laser equipment, skincare and other gear in tow. She gives me a personalised consultation and uses products that suit my skin type.
Having your skin examined by a beauty professional isn't my idea of fun (I'm quite self-conscious about my skin, which is why I wear make-up every single day). But Alison tells me that my skin is actually pretty good. That's a pleasant surprise. Aside from congested areas around my nose and chin, it's probably not as bad as I thought.
She gets very excited when I say that there's Omega 3 Fish Oils in the multi-vitamins that I take. Her mantra is that beauty isn't just skin-deep – lifestyle, dietary factors and stress all affect the physical state of your skin.
Now to the actual treatments. First up is the massage. Because I have really tense shoulders, especially my right side for whatever reason, giving me the occasional migraine, she opts for a neck, shoulder and back massage.
First she uses laser therapy. Alison tells me I'm very tense and tired. Which is unfortunately true.
I was a little bit daunted about the fact that there was laser therapy involved. But I can assure you that there's no pain or discomfort involved.
Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is a non-thermal laser also known as Cold Laser and Photobiomodulation. This advanced laser technology works from a cellular level as biostimulative light energy is applied to the body's cells, which in turn promotes natural healing, pain relief and lymphatic system improvements. 40 years of research have shown that there are no negative side effects to LLLT.
After the massage I'm feeling pretty relaxed, but it's time for the rejuvenating facial. Alison cleanses and exfoliates my face. Then she applies a gel to the congested areas, followed by a Galvanic treatment - a process that binds and removes impurities from your pores and replaces it with beneficial nutrients.
Alison uses an advanced cosmeceutical skincare range called Gernetic. Gernetic skincare originates from Paris and was conceived in a specialist burns unit. With its focus on cellular biology and biotechnology, the Gernetic skincare range requires professional consultation. The range is 100% natural and is not tested on animals. It assists in anti-ageing, hydration, acne, scarring, weight loss and stretch mark prevention and reduction.
Alison's philosophy is that there needs to be a combination of relaxation and results in therapy. "My clients no longer just want a relaxing standard treatment. They want an effective treatment that is customised for them - where they can really see or feel results" she says. This means that there might be extractions, peels or laser goggles involved, but she will also mix it up with relaxing components.
And that's where the face and neck massage comes in, followed by a mask. It's time to fully relax now – Alison puts on a recording of a hypnotic story about going on a holiday. After about five minutes I'm itching to get up and do something, but that probably has something to do with my general inability to relax.
I wake up the next day with refreshed skin, which feels suppler and more even-toned.
For a 30-minute pain-relieving massage, combined with a 1-hour customised facial it'll cost you $130. The remedial massage includes laser treatment, which opens lymphatic vessels and increases circulation.
Anti-Aging Deluxe Facial (with Hyaluron). Second treatment - lines are reduced and soften, skin becomes firmer. Client feels uplifted and relaxed after treatment.
Balancing your temple is all about finding peace and wellbeing of your body, mind and spirit. I felt like I could have gone straight to sleep after my treatments. I hadn't felt that relaxed in a very long time.
Alison started the Balance My Temple business less than a year ago. As a lifelong passion of Alison's, the quest for wellness and balance can now be shared through her treatments. Like her Facebook page here.