About this course
Your face is a map to your physical and emotional health. In this course, you will learn what your face is telling you about your body, past and present. You will learn all the essential basics of gua sha as well as how to target certain areas of the face. Enjoy these specially designed lessons to help you learn how Chinese medicine understands beauty from the inside out.
What is gua sha? (Pronounced gwah-shah)
Facial gua sha a holistic gift you can give your skin. Your diet, lifestyle habits, and emotions have a huge impact on your skin. If your circulation and Qi are blocked, your skin isn’t being nourished from within. Gua sha opens up your circulation and meridian system, enhancing your beauty from the inside out.
This simple self-massage technique helps to soothe stress and tension, increasing the flow of nutrients to the skin. Gua sha helps clear toxins, reduces puffiness and congestion, tones and sculpts, and minimizes fine lines and wrinkles. Learn the art of gua sha in this wonderful Radiant Shenti class.
Gua sha is popular in Asia where people often wear healing gua sha stones around their neck like a necklace so they can use them during the day.
What you will learn:
Gua sha is a treatment developed in China thousands of years ago and still used today to help you age beautifully. Regular use of gua sha techniques enlivens your skin from the inside out by calming the mind and stimulating meridian points in the body.
It's an affordable, super simple way to treat boost your overall health and give you that radiant glow. Continue to the lesson to learn about gua sha.
The treatment of the skin known as facial gua sha involves "scraping" the skin with your fingers, hands, or a tool. You do not tear or bruise the skin, but you produce enough pressure to increase the flow of blood and oxygen to the area you "scrape."
Learn more about the different ways to perform gua sha using your hands or special tools.
In this lesson, you will learn about the three primary gua sha techniques.
In Chinese, gua literally means to scrape. Gua sha is a delicate art, based on knowing how to carefully use special stones and other tools to bring blood to the surface of the skin.
Skilled practitioners do not tear or break the skin, but rather press just enough to develop a slightly pink hue on the face, or raise red bumps, almost like a rash, on less delicate parts of the body (these are called sha).
The healing benefits come from drawing the flow of blood and Qi to the areas where you are doing gua sha. Stimluating Meridian points provides additional benefits.
In this lesson, you will look at your face in a mirror and draw what you see. No need to be a skilled artist! Just make marks where you see fine lines, deep wrinkles, acne, fatty deposits, loose skin, etc. All of these marks tell you important information about your internal health, emotions, and life experiences.
Start your journey to better health through gua sha. In this introductory video, you will learn about meridians, lines of energy that run through your body, including on your face. Explore what your face is telling you and how facial gua sha opens up the meridians for better health and a beautiful glow, inside and out.
Now it's time to analyze your face. In this lesson, you will analyze your face according to the age map.
Chinese facial reading experts know that wrinkles are more temporary than people in the west believe. In particular, as you calm your mind and balance your emotions, you will notice fewer wrinkles and deep lines in specific areas of your face.
Before you begin, it's important to note that you should never do gua sha on your eyes, lips, tongue, nostrils,or near your ear canal.
If you have acne or raise skin features, do not massage over them. Instead, you will massage other parts of the body that will help these skin blemishes heal.
Just like with an exercise routine, you need to warm up tissues related to the areas your are going to massage. By loosening these areas first, you reduce the likelihood of bruising or breaking the skin.
As you do the head and face warm ups, you are also stimulating meridian points. This step starts the qi and blood flowing along the meridians, beginning the healing process.
When you warm up the head, you massage larger muscles groups that connect to and impact your facial muscles. Massaging loosens these muscles, which allows blood and Qi to flow to the face more freely.
Just as you warmed up the head, you need to warm up your face. You are stimulating meridian points on the face as well, enlivening and awakening the body's energy channels.
Completing the facial gua sha sequence regularly will help you see positive changes in your skin’s elasticity, and suppleness. You will feel like a you're receiving a mini massage, helping you to release tension in oyr face face.
This facial gua sha sequence for the eyes moves excess fluid around and increases blood flow, which can help minimize eye bags, sagging eyelids and crow’s feet.
People hold a lot of tension around the mouth and in the cheeks. This sequence releases this tension, plumping and toning the skin.
Lightly tracing this pattern for the jawline and neck brings energy to the face. It also sculpts the chin and jawline and removes blockages that could lead to sagging jowls and puffiness in the cheeks.
Follow along with this relaxing sequence. Being with your head and face warm up, and then open up the channels of your eyes, mouth, and cheeks.
You can find recordings from all of the live classes here. Watch and re-watch at your convenience.
This lesson has 4 videos.
This lesson has two videos:
This lesson has two videos:
This lesson has two videos: