Tuong-Vi Giang, L.E.

…After overcoming bipolar disorder, I realized that good mental health is imperative to my life. My family’s healthcare struggles, along with my mental health awareness have inspired me to help others through my love of skin health and mindfulness practices. Years later, as a licensed esthetician working in Manhattan, I was given a rare opportunity to travel the world. I boldly seized this opportunity and learned a wealth of unique techniques in over seven different countries.

During my travels, I was lucky enough to study in Paris with world-renowned facialist, Joëlle Cioccio. There, I received training and practice of Madame Cioccio's sustainable approach to respecting the skin’s ecosystem as well as her carefully examined knowledge of the epidermis.

Along the way, I traveled to my birth country of Vietnam, where I met Bui Quoc Chau, a noted professor and acupuncturist. He taught me the art of facial reflexology - a skillful manipulation of points in the face linked to body organs. I had the privilege of treating Vietnamese locals in Saigon with a wide-range of physical ailments and skin conditions.

As part of my continuing education, I practiced mindfulness with sisters of Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist as well as advisor to Martin Luther King Jr. in France and Vietnam. At the monastery, I lived, worked and meditated with the beloved nuns 24/7. I was lucky to closely practice mindfulness and study the deep roots of meditation and spirituality.