The Reiki facelift is performed by Reiki master Thiba Sharaf at Reiki Touch Dubai, based out of her Discovery Gardens apartment. Filled with the aroma of incense, it’s a calm, clean place.
Using Reiki, an ancient, alternative healing therapy that claims to use life force energy to repair emotional and physical ailments, at the very least I should feel energised after the session. I inform Thiba that I’m not really of an age where I need a facelift yet, but she insists I will see a general clearing up of my skin – any spots should start to disappear in the 24 hours following my treatment.
Step by step
After battling rush-hour traffic and navigating my way through the maze of almost indistinguishable roads and buildings in Discovery Gardens, I’m delighted to discover Thiba’s apartment is a haven of serenity. Hopping onto the treatment bed in the main room, I lie down while she holds a swinging pendant over each of my chakras in turn. Stopping over my abdomen, the pendant starts to swing erratically and she asks if I’m in love, or in a relationship, as she senses ‘a strong attachment’, before taking a seat behind my head to begin her work. First she will be focusing on my face, before doing a short, 15-minute general healing session. She invites me to think of a particular area of concern I may have, and she will try to devote the healing to it. I’m aware of the warmth emanating from her hands as they hover over my face, and then various parts of my body, before Thiba rouses me from a half-sleep. I’m amazed 45 minutes have passed already – I feel as though I’ve only been there 10 minutes. I feel groggy, but I’m assured that over the next 24-48 hours, my skin will clear up and I will have much more energy.
Sceptical though I am to begin with, I do notice the few blemishes on my face clearing up over the next day, without the aid of the usual dabs of Sudocrem, but I could also put that down to things like good diet and drinking plenty of water. On the other hand, I feel energised – like I’ve just woken up from a very long, restful sleep.
• It’s quicker than a normal facial. • It's an incredibly relaxing and calming therapy if you’re stressed out and running on empty.
• There’s no proof this actually works, it could very well all be in the mind.
3/5 Reiki facelift Dhs350 for 15 minutes, Dhs600 for 45 minutes including healing session.
Cocoona Center Not convinced by Reiki? Try a chemical peel to rejuvenate your skin. From Dhs2,500. Al Wasl Road (04 394 1090).
Dubai London Clinic Anti-aging ‘lift’ solutions here include a Pelleve radiofrequency treatment, designed to tighten skin. Prices on request. Jumeirah (04 344 6663).
The Dental Spa This clinic offers a number of non-surgical facelift options using different types of injectable solutions. From Dhs1,500. Jumeirah Beach Road (04 395 2005).Reiki Touch Dubai