Is technology taking over? And is the client-therapist relationship at risk?
I don’t believe so. I applaud the very clever inventors of devices which aid beauty professionals and clients alike.
We now have at our disposal laser, IPL, LED, radiofrequency and ultrasound devices, microdermabrasion and micro-needling, acid and enzyme peels, not to mention dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections – a vast array of implements which all work with varying degrees of effectiveness depending on the quality of the product or device itself.
But regardless of the exceptional technical advantages now on offer I do caution against salons relying on their efficacy alone. Yes, they represent advances in knowledge and treatment procedures – but it would be a great loss if the importance of the human connection was forgotten.
Nothing, however efficient, can replace the profound sense of solace, wellbeing and relaxation that’s transmitted through the hands-on, physical and spiritual covenant between caring professional and client.
A purely human relationship
Technology has much to offer. But for me it is a purely human relationship that no device can replicate. It is a matter of the senses. At least, so far!
Thus, I will continue to believe in and practice my craft: an artform which depends on a willingness to study and avail myself of the advances of science and technology but also to understand that the human anatomy and the deeply human experience must be interwoven.
I believe, still, that this ‘connection’ is what people seek when they come to me. It is why I teach and train aspiring therapists. And it is why clients remain… my Prana ladies.