Pyrrha, age 90 on Mother’s Day 2020
In 1983, with the encouragement of Helen Gurley Brown (founder of Cosmopolitan magazine), Pyrrha Malouf turned a series of Cosmo beauty articles into Metamassage, a book about advanced skin-care techniques. She had worked in Hollywood as a model and actress in the ’50s and was dismayed by the effects of the improper removal of pancake makeup.
Pyrrha was determined to find a fix and Pyrrha’s Metafacial Massage™ was born. The method offered multiple advantages, especially its functionality for home use.
Pyrrha went on to teach celebrities, stay at home
moms, working women, and even started a
program teaching formerly incarcerated males in a
halfway house in Dallas; her class was so well-received that the director requested funding for her method to become a permanent part of the programming.
As Pyrrha’s daughter, I was trained in her
technique as an adolescent. Unsurprisingly,
I lacked the motivation to perform it. As I
grew older, my skin began to age prematurely from years
of neglect coupled with high-altitude living
sans sunscreen. I panicked and began to practice in earnest—the turnaround was immediate.
What I know now is that this practice goes much deeper than the surface of the skin, helping to heal the wounds, self-inflicted and otherwise, that result from undervaluing ourselves. I, like many women, held myself to unrealistic standards for the usual reason—a misguided attempt to gain acceptance and love. The compassionate self-touch that is integral to this system taught me how to direct that love toward myself on a visceral level.
BIO: Nodiah Brent is a Master Instructor of Pyrrha’s Metafacial Massage™ and a Level One Kundalini Yoga Teacher and workshop facilitator. She has more than thirty years experience and is certified in facial rejuvenation, yoga, gong meditation, and NIA. Nodiah moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1981 to attend the College of Natural Medicine. She went on to study with Hanna Kroger in Boulder, Colorado, and remains deeply engaged in the world of wellness.
My grandmother Clara, née Azizi, who performed Pyrrha’s Metafacial Massage™ faithfully.
Cheesecake, oh la la!
Mom in the hairdo that she swore Liz Taylor copied!
Mom and Dad, brown and beautiful.
Mom and George Harrison