The benefits of Yin listening-Therapeutic Skin Coach

These last few weeks have been so wonderfully busy that I found myself feeling intensely inspired to write again. As I sit down to word vomit out all of my thoughts, I discovered that today is the social media holiday that I will indulge in gladly; National Esthetician Day! I think we all know by now that this is the only career that I’ve had and that regardless of the years that have gone by, I’m still equally as obsessed with my work as ever. To celebrate this with a quick post on social media would not do justice to the people I want to continuously honor during my time as an esthetician. The clients, my fellow estis, my apprentices, and not to sound like a social media influencers, but my followers have all given me the platform to honor what I love to do every day and without this mix of beautiful people I somehow manifested into my life, who knows where I would be.

Speaking of honoring the craft, I just came back from an incredible holistic esthetician retreat in Northern California earlier this month hosted by the incredible Laurel Schaffer of Laurel Whole Plant Organics. This was the second retreat that she hosted for holistic estheticians but the first I was able to attend. The last one was shortly after I got married and the week before I was meant to leave for a retreat in Mexico for my previous company. So the timing didn’t align and I always felt a little regret and a lot of FOMO for not being able to be in multiple places at once. Fortunately, Laurel and her amazing team were able to create an even bigger event this time at 1440 Multiversity, which is a campus for conscious retreats such as ours nestles into the redwoods of Northern California. I couldn’t miss this opportunity and luckily I was asked to speak on two of the panels and host my own evening ritual for my fellow estis.

To begin to express what I learned and my gratitude for the experience would have to take a whole other blog, or perhaps several more, but there was a beautiful theme that resonated with all of us during our time in the redwoods that I must share and leads us into today’s blog topic. The theme is that of Yin listening. What on earth is Yin listening? Well, my interpretation is that it is allowing the divine feminine to come through in our work as facialists and also as humans. I have spoken about my battle of balancing both my Yin and Yang energies before, so this concept really hit home. I find myself being able to easily apply Yin listening to only one area of my life, and that is how I treat my skin. Everything else from my relationships, my work, how I approach my clients, and other parts of my body image are very much applied in a Yang style. I’m much more “HERE’S HOW I’M GOING TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM” than “Let’s allow the solutions to present themselves” and until I came back from the retreat, I never realized the now obvious disconnect.

My clients constantly tell me they want my skin. It’s the greatest compliment because 10-year-old Hayley would be shocked that anyone even looks at her with any positive regard. 15 and 23 year-old Hayley too. So when I get complimented, I accept the compliment and express that it’s an extension of my self-acceptance and self-love. I really do allow my skin to do all of the work and I just listen. Correction, I Yin listen. So if I can do this for my skin, I am determined to flow into this mindset for my clients. The last several days since I’ve been back, I have naturally been busy catching up on all my emails, clients, and life but the biggest difference is that I am able to share with my clients a new way to learn about their skin. With a concept like Yin listening, it’s very normal to feel frustrated with the concept in the flow of life. Believe it or not, we’re all very Yang (especially in America). We all want to take action, which is beautiful towards shifting bigger issues but some things just have to flow into change. Our skin is definitely an organ within a system that requires a lot of self-love and self-acceptance through Yin listening. To break it down, I’ve written out 3 simples ways to start integrating this into your daily life:

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