Barbara Poczyniak, R.Ac Reg. Acupuncturist
If you've heard of Gua Sha, you probably know it as the Traditional Chinese Medicine 'skin scraping' therapy that quickly relieves muscle aches and typically leaves (temporary) red marks on the body. So, what is Facial Gua Sha – and how is it a completely different approach to skin care? Here is a brief overview of gentle, non-irritating Facial Gua Sha: how it works and how it can benefit almost any skin type and issue.
What is Facial Gua Sha
The way Gua Sha massage is used on the face is a very different approach to how it is used traditionally on the skin of the body. On the body, we use firm strokes of the traditional Gua sha tool – in order to relieve muscle congestion and release toxins. On the face, we use much gentler, flatter strokes – in order to move the lymphatic fluid and increase the natural circulation of blood and energy to the complexion. The aim of Facial Gua sha is to “gently move” and to never press hard enough to leave a mark on the skin.
How does Facial Gua Sha work
Facial Gua Sha works to help move the fluid of the face. While this may sometimes mean moving congestion (ie. acne) or visible puffiness, lymphatic fluid is also the naturally occurring body fluid that helps detoxify and clarify the skin. Lymphatic fluid is only ever moved gently, it is very superficial on the skin and does not respond to deep, harsh manipulation of the skin. To get the best effect it is important to use the correct tool, at the right pressure and only with gentle strokes. Correct Facial Gua Sha techniques can safely bring a rosy, natural glow to the skin while also helping to naturally refine skin texture.
A Non-needle method to Rejuvenate the Skin
This traditional massage is often combined with Facial Acupuncture as part of a comprehensive professional treatment, but it can also have a noticeable effect if used on its own. Traditional Gua Sha tools are made of cooling jade, and usually have smooth flat edges as well as gently rounded corners. Skin is smoothed with the flat surface and acupuncture points can be gently stimulated with the rounded corners – like an acupressure massage. This can help to increase blood circulation, and the method is easy enough to use at home on a daily basis.
What to expect in a Facial Gua Sha treatment
Curious about Facial Gua Sha and how it can help your specific skin concerns? I offer this as part of my Facial Rejuvenation Treatment, which can combine Gua Sha with acupuncture or remain needle free. Contact me for more information and to set up a complimentary consult here.
Learn more about Facial Gua Sha and how to do your own simple treatment at home. I will be teaching a DIY Facial Gua Sha workshop on Tues 31 July at Darou Wellness Integrative Health. This will include a demonstration and instructions on how to perform a 3 minute treatment on yourself, as well as a jade Facial Gua Sha tool to take home with you.
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Hi, I'm Barbara Poczyniak. Registered Acupuncturist practicing in Toronto.