Chinese Beauty Secrets

Facial Gua Sha - Look Younger and More Radiant

5 Modules 16 Lessons Easy

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:

  • What is gua sha and proper techniques
  • Reading the stories of your face
  • How to treat ​target problem areas on the face

Course Structure

3 Lessons

What is Facial Gua Sha?

Getting started

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.

How facial gua sha works

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."

How to do facial gua sha

Learn more about the different ways to perform gua sha using your hands or special tools.

Facial gua sha techniques

In this lesson, you will learn about the three primary gua sha techniques.

4 Lessons

What is Your Face Telling You?

Beyond the literal

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.


Your face tells a story

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.

Learning to read your face

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.

Mapping your face – ages

Now it's time to analyze your face. In this lesson, you will analyze your face according to the age map.

Mapping your face – emotions

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.

2 Lessons

Facial Gua Sha Warm-ups

Let's get started

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.


Warming up the head

It's all connected

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. 

Warming up the face

Loosening your face

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. 

3 Lessons

Facial Gua Sha Sequences

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.

Introduction: Eyes, mouth, and cheeks sequence

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.

Introduction: Jawline and neck Sequence

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.

Warm-ups plus eyes, mouth, & 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.

4 Lessons

Class Recordings

You can find recordings from all of the live classes here. Watch and re-watch at your convenience.

October 6th Videos

This lesson has 4 videos.

  1. Course introduction
  2. Website tour
  3. Facial gua sha techniques
  4. Facial gua sha flow


October 9th Videos

This lesson has two videos:

  1. Setting and intention and introducing the head and face warm-up sequences
  2. Head and face warm-up sequences, followed by gua sha exercises for the mouth and cheeks

October 13th Videos

This lesson has two videos:

  1. Changing the story of your face - Understanding emotion lines
  2. Full facial gua sha face sequence

October 16th Videos

This lesson has two videos:

  1. Reading the Face - the Organs
  2. Facial gua sha organs sequence