Barbara Poczyniak, R.Ac Reg. Acupuncturist
What is Facial Gua Sha
How does Facial Gua Sha work
A Non-needle method to Rejuvenate the Skin
What to expect in a Facial Gua Sha treatment
- Skin should be clean prior to massage. If coming in for a treatment it is best to avoid makeup, although eye makeup is not disturbed during the treatment.
- A light oil or gel will be used on the skin – this is in order to provide glide, so that skin does not tug during the treatment.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Especially in summer months - it is important to arrive well hydrated, as well as replenish fluid after treatment.
- Lymphatic fluid of the face “drains” into the area right above each collarbone. We always start the gua sha massage by “opening up” these areas with gentle massage. This helps the lymphatic fluid drain more efficiently from areas around the face where it may be more stagnant.
- Strokes are done starting from the centre of the face, working along the contours of the jaw and cheekbones. Long sweeps towards the hairline help encourage puffiness and congestion to move towards the lymph pathways.
- An acupressure massage is added to the face and head – gently activating points along the scalp, jaw and brow bone that can also help alleviate tension in these areas.
- Expect to have fresher, smoother looking skin after even one treatment. For most people it is recommended to have a number of professional visits to see more lasting results.
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.