GUA SHA FACELIFT
Q: I've never heard of this! What exactly is it?
A: Gua Sha is a practice of ancient Chinese medicine dating back to the Ming Dynasty that utilized jade stones in specific rubbing patterns over the face and body to detoxify the body of “qi” (pronounced “chee”), or stagnant energy. The intentional movements increase circulation to the corresponding muscles, tissues, and organs, releasing pain and tension and improving energy flow.
Q: What are the benefits?
A: Releasing qi results in improved blood and lymphatic flow and facilitates the movement of metabolic waste, which is often the cause of inflammation, muscle pain and tension, and decreased energy. Gua sha also helps improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in the face by improving muscle tone, and can provide relief from sinus congestion and headaches. Additional benefits include improved mental function, improved digestion, and increased immune function.
Q: So what's a Gua Sha Facelift?
A: It's yoga for your face! By flushing stagnant lymph and increasing circulation, facial muscles begin to relax, lift, and tone, and undereye puffiness decreases. Collagen production is stimulated, lifting sagging jowls and softening your glabella (those pesky 11’s between the brows), crow’s feet, and smoker’s lines. Overall there is an increased youthful glow and improved RBF.
Q: What's the treatment like?
A: Lay back, close your eyes, and enjoy your face massage! You may experience sensations of warmth from the friction over the area being treated as blood flow to the muscles increases. After your treatment you may experience what I call “detox intoxication,” a loopy or drunken feeling like after having an exceptionally deep sleep; sinus drainage; sleepiness or fatigue; increased thirst and cravings; or increased bowel movements. This is all part of the detoxification process from releasing the qi.
Q: Sounds awesome! How often can I do this, and is there any down time?
A: There is ZERO down time with gua sha, but you must increase your water intake significantly over the following 72 hours (36 ounces should be consumed immediately after your treatment). Gua sha can be performed as often as you like! Our daily life activities all contribute to inflammation in some form, so there is no limit to the amount of gua sha treatments you can receive. Results are cumulative, so having this done regularly will result in sustained lift and toning effects as the muscles strengthen over time.
Q: Is there anyone who cannot receive gua sha?
A: While gua sha is generally safe, there are some circumstances where it would not be an appropriate service, including (but not limited to): leukemia, active cancer, or any chronic malignancy; a history of blood clots or DVT’s; lupus, Raynaud’s or RA; open sores or lesions; reactive skin conditions; uncontrolled blood pressure or diabetes; any contagious bacterial, viral, or fungal conditions; bleeding disorders or on blood thinners; sunburn; fever. Gua sha cannot be performed over Botox or fillers.