Hi, I’m Donna Ryan
a holistic facialist with a deep intention to transform skin and wellbeing.
I know all too well what it's like to struggle with your skin.
I had terrible acne from my teenage years until my late 20’s, this contributed to me suffering from depression and anxiety. My skin was so bad that it impacted my confidence and left me feeling very unattractive (I was also overweight and tired, later discovering that an undiagnosed thyroid condition called Hashimoto's was causing my issues).
I struggled with these feelings for a long time until the turning point: I decided I wasn't going to just accept how things were, that anything is possible. So, I decided to try a holistic approach, and slowly things started to improve.
From here, everything changed for the better: I began working with a homeopath who prescribed me natural remedies, she helped me with nutrition and advised me to change all of my skincare products to natural ones. I had regular acupuncture treatments with my TCM Doctor and to my surprise, within a month my acne had completely gone.
This sparked my passion for alternative therapies, but especially for Traditional Chinese Medicine, I have studied a whole host of natural healing modalities like homeopathy, kinesiology, reiki, and Bach flower remedies, but things really fell into place when I found Gua Sha, I did my first course in a small group at The College Of Oriental Medicine, Gua Sha is a practice that has been used since the stone age in Asia, there is a lot we can learn from this ancient practice, it is about treating a person as a whole, and to still be used (and becoming more popular) in this modern day means it must be something special.
I have trained with one of the top facialist trainers in the USA, Cecily Braden and I am now her U.K & EUROPEAN distributor. The Gua Sha Fusion course with the herbal poultice has revolutionised my treatments.
I am also a Dien Chan Zone® operator - an Eastern technique based on Facial Reflexology which treats symptoms in the body via stimulation of zones on the face to repair and prevent imbalance of every kind.
Skincare rooted in nature and a passion for holistic healing
My approach to skincare is deeply rooted in the healing energy of nature. In our modern day society, many of us have forgotten that we are part of nature. I believe that working with the plants in natural skincare in combination with time-tested holistic practices gives far deeper results because we are able to directly receive their healing properties physically, but also energetically.
My philosophy goes beyond being skin deep; we all need to have a greater appreciation for our skin. We need to cultivate a spiritual connection and compassion with it - our face shows the personality of our soul, both the emotions we show and feel we can't show.
When we work to release energetic blockages using ancient Eastern methods such as Gua Sha and other holistic tools, we are able to free our energy up, which supports our overall sense of vitality and wellbeing.
We all deserve to have radiant, glowing skin and to feel confident inside and out.
Join me on a journey and reconnect with yourself, beginning with your skin.