Empowering estheticians to harness the power of their touch

Offering both "in person" & online classes.

Hi, I’m Gaynor. I've been in the esthetics industry for quite some time now, over 30 years in fact. One of the most valuable skills that helped me succeed was developing a professional and caring touch. Investing in the dexterity of our hands and the sensitivity of our touch stays with us where ever we may practice.

My initial training was in my hometown of Birmingham, England and I've continued to learn and practice numerous styles of massage techniques over the years some even taught by top industry experts themselves. As an eager student it was a natural transition for me to progress into role of an educator to share my skills and knowledge.

I moved to California in 2001 and taught nationally and internationally for various companies creating class curriculum, training modules as well as treatment protocols to support estheticians for their success.

Now my path has brought me to a place where I combine my passions of working with my hands, teaching and sharing various massage techniques to fellow estheticians helping refine their hands-on skills to enhance their client’s experience.

In person classes are taught in California and online classes anywhere in the world!

All classes are inspired, created and taught by me, Gaynor Farmer-Katics LE, CIBTAC dip.

Why train with me?
There are several benefits to learning new techniques with me.

For your business
  • Expands and adds variety to your service menu for increased client satisfaction. It is a fact, satisfied clients return to you.
  • Increased client satisfaction = increased re-bookings = increased revenue.
  • Offer a wider choice of massage techniques for a truly customized facial.
For you
  • It encourages your hands to become more dexterous leading to a more refined touch.
  • Fuels your passion and feeds your soul's desire to help clients feel better.
  • Deepens your mindfulness, stillness and awareness to benefit YOU as well as your client.
For you clients
  • By broadening your repertoire of massage skills, you are more equipped to have a positive effect on different skin conditions you treat on a daily basis, rather than one technique you originally learned at beauty school.
  • Stress leads to inflammation and inflammation is an underlying cause of many skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, premature ageing and pigmentation. Reduce their stress and improve their skin.
NEW! Soothing & Smoothing Upper Body Massage Course - Created for estheticians looking for a sequence covering the neck, upper back and décolleté to add the their European face massage sequence, to include it as a treatment enrichment (add-on) or create a specific treatment protocol for this area. The combination of techniques provides age management as well as relaxation benefits.

Revitalizing Eye Massage Course - Learn this focused massage sequence specifically for the eye area to incorporate into your esthetic services. Addresses signs of aging by lifting, smoothing and soothing the tissues encouraging a healthy, revitalizing appearance. This self paced course can be viewed in several hours and gives you 90 days to learn and master your new skill.

Stress Reducing Scalp Massage Course - Learn how to effectively release stored tension in the scalp area with this stress reducing technique. This self paced course can be viewed in several hours and gives you 90 days to learn and master your new skill. Easy to learn, yet highly effective sequence, to quickly calm your clients providing a deeply relaxing break from today's hectic world.

Facial Acupressure Course - Gain the confidence, peace of mind and skill to massage ANY skin condition with this revitalizing, re-energizing & relaxing facial massage technique. This self paced course can be completed in half a day and gives you 90 days to practice and refine your new skill.

Simply click on this link below to view entire collection of courses and downloadable videos.

Online Courses

Welcome to my Classroom

Allow me to guide you through any of my massage techniques in an ideal learning environment in calm and serene surroundings. With a maximium of 4 students per class you can rest assured you'll receive my undivided attention and leave confident and comfortable with your new skill. WHERE: Currently, all In Person classes are held on Mondays in Walnut Creek, CA. WHEN: I operate a flexible schedule so you're not limited to set dates and each class is held subject to demand. HOW: You can read each class description below then simply email me gaynor@enhanced-touch.com which technique you would like to learn and a couple of your ideal dates. I look forward to teaching you.

Facial Acupressure

Facial Acupressure is a deeply relaxing massage technique whereby specific points on the face and neck are rhythmically pressed to encourage the smooth flow of energy. During this one day hands on class you will experience the relaxation effect yourself as well as learn the entire sequence to incorporate into your skincare treatments.

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Lymphatic Drainage Massage of the Face and Neck

The feather light pressure used in this technique makes lymphatic drainage massage a highly versatile technique suitable for all skin types and conditions. It is specifically effective for inflamed, congested and irritated skins. As the lymphatic system is a component of the immune system it serves to neutralize toxins and calm the skin internally.

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European Aromatherapy Face Massage

Transport your clients to a zone of serenity with this ultra-soothing facial massage technique. Combing the fragrant power of essential oils help to balance the skin, improve well-being and induce a deep state of relaxation.

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Revitalizing Eye Massage

Designed to counteract facial expressions by manipulating the small intricate muscles around the eyes with this fingertip technique.

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Stress Reducing Scalp Massage

Release tension and tightness in the entire scalp with fascia release techniques. Along with gentle neck stretches and calming effleurage strokes this touch technique sequence will prove to be a very popular addition to your service menu.

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Soothing & Smoothing Upper Body Massage

Soothes nerve endings and smoothes tight muscles helping release tension in the neck and back of the body while the front is lifted and toned. This course was created for those who were taught a fabulous face massage in school but never a specific sequence of the upper chest, shoulders, upper back and neck.

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Soothing & Smoothing Hand & Arm Massage

Working from shoulders to fingertips, this highly effective massage touch technique focuses on joints, muscles and nerve endings. With an abundance of nerve endings in the glabrous skin of the hands, these techniques comfort and soothe. Joints are warmed and muscles are smoothed releasing tension. A perfect addition while face masque is working on the skin.

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  •  5/16/2022 12:15 AM

Remembering the amazing effects simple effleurage has on the feel, look and overall health of the skin.

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  •  4/11/2022 12:15 AM

Encouraging estheticians to create a seasonal add-on protocol to add to their facial treatments and increase revenue.

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  •  3/14/2022 12:12 AM

5 touch tips when working with rosacea skin

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  •  2/14/2022 12:14 AM

Top tips to ensure your eye cleanse is efficient, effective and FEELS great!

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  •  1/17/2022 12:15 AM

Here are 7 simple ways you can increase the "Feel-good Factor" of your facial skincare treatments.

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  •  12/13/2021 12:05 AM

Follow these 7 professional tips to give each client the best cleanse ever for every skin type.

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  •  11/15/2021 12:05 AM

Learn this simple technique to infuse gratitude into your esthetic services.

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  •  10/11/2021 12:15 AM

Learn more about the sense of touch and the impact we can have on our esthetics clients

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  •  9/13/2021 12:15 AM

Understand the changes in the physiology, senses and emotions of your pregnant clients

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  •  8/15/2021 01:11 AM

This month's blog focuses on the benefits of music vibrations. Read how the specific 432 Hz frequency can assist in your esthetics practice.

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  •  7/12/2021 12:05 AM

Learn why using touch as an add-on in your esthetics practice can be extremely beneficial to both you and your clients.

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  •  6/14/2021 12:05 AM

Learn how to build rapport with your esthetics clients to increase retention rate to build your skincare practice.

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There are several benefits to learning new techniques.
  • By broadening your repertoire of skills equips you to have a positive effect on a variety of skin conditions more effectively.
  • It encourages your hands to become more proficient leading to a more refined touch.
  • Fuels your passion and feeds your soul's desire to help clients feel better.
  • Deepens your mindfulness, stillness and awareness to benefit YOU as well as your client.
  • Expands and adds variety to your service menu for increased client satisfaction. It is fact, satisfied clients do return to you.
All of my massage techniques offer great flexibility as to when and where they may be incorporated into any service. Regardless of your specialty here are a few suggestions of how and why they add value to your service.
  • Lash or brow artist - Revitalizing Eye Massage prior to your lash work helps to relax fluttery eyelids.
  • Age Management - Your clients would benefit from all of my techniques, especially Facial Acupressure and Lymphatic Drainage Massage.
  • Express facial services - Add Soothing and Smoothing Upper Body and Arm Massage during the masque stage of the treatment.
  • Chemical peels - Stress Reducing Scalp Massage avoids manipulating facial areas while still offering relaxation and pleasure.
  • Holistic approaches to skincare and traditional facials allow you to offer any and all of my techniques at various stages of your treatment.
  • Lymphatic Drainage Massage or Facial Acupressure will add to the efficacy of your acne or rosacea services. 
  • Help reduce stress and encourage deep relaxation with Anti-Stress Face Massage.
Students are welcome to attend any of my massage classes. It is highly recommended that you have at least 300 hours before signing up for Lymphatic Drainage Massage or Facial Acupressure.
Whether you attend an "in person" class or one online, I recommend the following;
  • Rest well the night before so you are more alert and receptive to absorb new information.
  • Practice, practice, practice! As soon as you get home or the next day have someone lined up who you can practice on. Repetition is the key to learning.
  • Even if you do not have someone you can practice on, repeating the sequence with your hands in mid air, you've heard of "air guitar" this is "air massage". It will still help the cognitive brain learn the routine.
Each class is purposely kept small and intimate assuring individual attention can be given to each learner. The maximum in some classes is 8 and other classes is 12.
One day classes minimize the time away from your home, practice or school for your convenience. I always encourage immediate practice following class to reinforce what you learned in class.
My lesson plans are well organized and consolidated ensuring maximum learning takes place.
Facial Acupressure and Lymphatic Drainage Massage have a prerequisite of a webinar and assessment to complete prior to attending the practical class. This allows to solely focus on the techniques themselves.
Alternatively, if you prefer to learn over a longer period of time why not consider enrolling in an online course?
I recommend you wear comfortable clothing, what you would normally wear when you treat your clients. Flat comfortable shoes also help with you posture and alignment as some techniques require standing.

You could bring a pencil (pens are provided) and all of the learning guides are issued in class. The only other thing is a smile and an open, willing attitude to learn something new. 
As the focus of each class is for you to learn and practice new techniques theory is kept to a minimum. In order to fully understand where you hands, fingers or thumbs should be placed, a brief overview of anatomy is included in most of the classes.
Regular emails include latest class dates and helpful hints and tips for creating the most sensory facial experience.
  • 2258 Lariat Ln, Walnut Creek, CA, USA