The Gua Sha Natural FaceLift is an alternative facial therapy that involves gentle scraping of your skin with a jade or rose quartz massage tool to improve your circulation & lymphatic flow. Rooted in traditional Chinese medicine, Gua Sha (pronounced as “gwah-shah”) has been used to treat various ailments for over 3,000 years! Why? Because its benefits go far beyond relaxation & reduced tension. Not to mention, East Asian medicine places value in the energy that certain objects carry, and materials like jade and rose quartz are known to carry healing energy.
● Ageing Skin
This treatment can be used to combat ageing skin by smoothing wrinkles, enabling the skin to self-hydrate and deliver colour, oxygen & nutrients to the skin through increased microcirculation. It firms, lifts, & tones the skin while smoothing, pumping and brightening for a youthful & healthy appearance.
The Gua Sha technique can also be used for acne-prone, congested skin due to its ability to stimulate lymphatic drainage & help detoxify the skin.
Another amazing property of Gua Sha is reduced inflammation. That’s because it can promote cooling & draw the heat out of the skin.
The unique edges of various Gua Sha stones that I use work perfectly to lift, sculpt and tighten the skin. Regular treatments can prevent the signs of aging such as sagging, dull and wrinkled skin. Since Gua Sha helps stimulate circulation, the technique itself oxygenates and carries nutrients to the skin cells. The increased blood flow resulting from Gua Sha contributes to a more lively, plumped up and youthful appearance.
No flow, no glow! Gua Sha increases circulation and improves lymphatic function, resulting in a naturally dewy, glowing complexion. The action of gently scraping the Gua Sha tool across the skin aids in serum/moisturizer product penetration, so those juicy phytonutrients go deeper into the layers of skin to feed us even more hydration. Gua Sha can also be used to prevent and clear acne, decongesting the skin and lessening inflammation.
The art of Gua Sha is extremely grounding. The slow pace of movement and gentle touch are deeply relaxing, instantly activating our parasympathetic (relaxed) nervous state. When we’re feeling grounded in our bodies and calm through our mind, we can handle emotional issues or obstacles that come our way more easily with self awareness and ease. Using Gua Sha as a medium to tune in to ourselves more fully transforms this cosmetic treatment into a truly stress relieving + grounding ritual.
We hold so much tension in our face and neck. Using deep pressure with a Gua Sha stone can really get into sticky knotted areas to release held muscular tension, thus allowing muscles to do their supportive jobs properly. You’ll experience a dramatic release of tension with each treatment. This can be a great tool for TMJ and headache sufferers. Relaxing our facial muscles regularly also prevents and fades light expression lines.
Gua Sha can be used to clear blockages in meridian channels, which connect our organs together and transport both blood and chi (life force). Our channels need to be clear in order to work harmoniously and for chi to flow well throughout the body. If an organ is not functioning properly, the channel could be blocked – and vice versa. We can clear the channel of blockages by scraping the Gua Sha tool along it. Gua Sha imparts a truly holistic effect on the body. This manual movement stimulates our lymphatic system, helping our organs function optimally by breaking up stagnation, flowing debris and toxins within the body for easier expulsion.
Simply put, every skin type and age can improve with better circulation, toxin release, and enhanced natural hydration.
The massage tools & technique used in a Gua Sha facial allows you to work deeper into the muscles and fascia than by using fingers alone, so you can consciously release where you are tight. It also activates acupuncture points along the 12 meridian lines of your face.
Although Gua Sha therapy does not require certification, it does require proper training and technique in order for it to be effective. Think of it like buying a hair bleaching solution; you can buy it and it can even be “professional grade”, but, your results will likely disappoint you because of the gap in professional knowledge & methodology between you and a professional hairdresser.