WHAT IS GUASHA?
GuaSha is a healing technique of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). “Gua” means scraping, and “Sha” is known as petechiae, and often appears as purple or red spots.
GuaSha includes body GuaSha and Facial GuaSha.
Body GuaSha is defined as instrument-assisted unidirectional press-stroking of a lubricated area of the body’s surface to intentionally create transitory therapeutic “Sha” representing extravasation of blood in the subcutis and dredge meridians. Raising Sha on the body removes blood stagnation which is considered pathogenic in TCM. Modern Research shows that transitory therapeutic petechiae produces an anti-inflammatory and immune protective effect that persists for days following a single GuaSha treatment. This accounts for the immediate relief that patients experience from pain, stiffness, fever, cough, nausea, etc.
However, Facial GuaSha incorporates special techniques, which can clear the channels to create a therapeutic impact without creating any Sha.
STEP-BY-STEP FACIAL GUASHA
- Photos of the face and tongue will be taken before and after each treatment to serve as accurate diagnostic indicators, and to document treatment progress.
- Initially, based on our diagnosis, GuaSha is applied to the body to address specific issues associated with any primary concerns on the face.
- Lasting results are achieved by using a special technique designed to identify positive, reactive spots/areas responsible for local wrinkles, sagging, discoloration or other concerns. The goal is to reduce or eliminate them by sculpting with GuaSha tools to restore supple, vibrant and healthy skin. To achieve in uplifting effect, Guasha tools are then used to relax facial muscles, and to lift and smooth the entire face and neck.
- A therapeutic mask is then applied to soothe, nourish and hydrate the skin.
- GuaSha is then applied to the scalp to accentuate the affects that are associated with any primary concerns on the face.
Since this is not a traditional esthetic facial, it is inappropriate to do extractions and steaming with this treatment.
We avoid areas of the face that have been treated with Botox within 3 (three) weeks, or fillers within 3 (three) months.
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER FACIAL GUASHA?
Some of the noticeable changes include an increase in the muscle tone in the neck and jowls, a lifted appearance around the eyes, and an overall brighter skin complexion even after the initial session. However, to achieve optimum results, a series of 10 sessions is recommended, weekly, bimonthly and monthly treatments are suggested to maintain longer lasting results. Since GuaSha therapy ultimately improves and supports the healthy function of one’s skin and internal organs, there will be improvements with other concerns, such as undue jaw tension, headaches, sinus congestions and vision acuity, to name a few.
BENEFITS FOR FACIAL GUASHA
- Increased circulation
- Increased skin hydration/dewiness
- Improved lymphatic drainage in skin tissue
- Tightening and shrinking of enlarged pores
- Evening of skin tone and texture
- Improved complexion
- Elimination of Acne
- Reduction of fine lines
- Softening of deep wrinkles
- Lifting and toning of sagging muscles
- Lightened age spots and other discolorations
- Improves appearance of dark circles and bags under the eyes
GUASHA TREATMENT FREQUENCY
For optimal results, an initial course of 10 treatments is required. 1- 2 treatments/week for 5-8 consecutive weeks. More than one course of treatments may be recommended based on the patients’ age and the condition of their skin.
- Once or twice a month for optimum results
- At the very minimum, 2 treatments in the same week, after about 6 months of completing the initial course of treatments.
- Information about TCM Food Therapy, nutritional supplements, skin care guidelines and exercises for the face may also be discussed. All are designed to help you attain and maintain good results during and after treatments.
PREPARATION FOR FACIAL GUASHA
- Arrive for treatment with a clean face, without make-up.
- To prevent the wind and cold from invading the body, it is important that areas on the neck and back that have been GuaSha-ed are coverd with a scarf or clothing.
PRECAUTIONS OF FACIAL GUASHA
- Do not have GuaSha treatment within 28 days after chemical peels or microdermabrasion treatment.
- Do not use any cosmetic products containing exfoliating agents: such as AHA, BHA or Proteolytic enzymes
- Do not go outdoors immediately after GuaSha treatment, wait 15-20 minutes
- Drink a cup of warm or room temperature water after facial GuaSha in order to get hydrated and promote the elimination of metabolic toxins.
- Inform the GuaSha Therapist if you have your menses, a fracture or acute soft tissue, tendon or ligament injury on any part of your body.
- Uncontrolled Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
- The use of blood-thinning medications (including aspirin)
- Individuals with severe cardiovascular and/or cerebrovascular diseases, liver and kidney disorders, autoimmune or other serious diseases or anemia
- Patients with bleeding disorders such as thrombocytopenia, leukemia, allergic purpura etc.
- Chemotherapy patients
- Foods eaten
- Rest and exercise
- Excessive coffee drinking (1 pot/day) Caffeine is a diuretic that dehydrates the skin
- The use of Harsh soap
ABOUT TRUE BEAUTY OF OUR FACE
According to Chinese Medicine theory, there are multiple Channels passing through the face and head. The face is like a flower, the internal organs are like its roots, and the meridians and collaterals energy pathways are just like the stem that delivers nutrients to the flower. A delicate flower must have enough rain and dew for moisture and a sufficient supply of rich nutrients; In the pursuit of true beauty, we need to find the root to treat and condition the “flowers, stems and roots” simultaneously so that we can obtain healthy, vibrant and beautiful skin.