The Wonders of Gua Sha in TCM

It's November and things are getting very busy at the Spa this month!  We have our Client Appreciation Christmas party on the 22nd, which is always a great evening!  It is an excellent time to come meet all of our providers, eat some great food, and take advantage of our 15% off sale on all products and services!!  We are also updating our spa menu and adding a few new exciting treatments, including our new Cellulite Cupping Therapy and we’ve added relaxing hot stones to our Supreme Pedicure!  Because I have had so many clients trying out the new Rejuvenating Acupuncture facial, and loving the gua sha portion so much, I think its a good time to dive into this subject and share all the ways this unusual technique can keep us happy, healthy, and beautiful!

Gua Sha is an ancient "scraping" technique and falls under the umbrella of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  A gua sha instrument is used to glide on lubricated skin, in one direction, until therapeutic petechiae appear on the skin from minor damage to the tiny vessels.  The skin turns red and spotty, which signifies the tissue has been flooded with blood.  

You may wonder why we would want to essentially bruise and scrape the skin?  Similar to cupping therapy, gua sha removes blood and qi stagnation, which is considered to be pathogenic in Traditional Chinese Medicine.  When the tiny vessels incur minor damage from the scraping, the body responds with a healing anti-inflammatory action.  The effects of gua sha have been measured up to four days after the treatment, with decreased inflammation of the area as well as a lasting boost to the immune system.  Because of these effects, it is often used to treat aches and pains, as well as colds and flus.  Gua sha most often produces an immediate reduction in pain and stiffness, as well as immediate reduction to cough, wheezing, fevers, chills, and vomiting. 

How will gua sha be incorporated into my facial and beauty routine you may ask?  We use a more gentle approach with our gua sha tool when it comes to treating the skin on our face.  Facial gua sha is considered to be the natural version of botox.  Because the face is a more delicate area, we use more light strokes to increase the microcirculation, that doesn't cause any damage to the tiny vessels of the face.  Just like the process on the body, facial gua sha will increase blood flow and reduce inflammation, as well as relaxing tight muscles that may be causing wrinkles on the face.  The skin will turn pink and plump following the treatment, leaving the complexion bright and smooth.  Gua sha is an excellent anti-aging treatment, as well as treating puffiness by increasing the lymph drainage of the face.  

Along with the changes to the look and feel of the skin, gua sha feels amazing, and is very relaxing.  Facial gua sha is included in all Rejuvenating Acupuncture facials, but can also be added on to any Acupuncture session.  This month, I'd like to share this awesome technique with all my clients, so I am offering a FREE Gua Sha Treatment Enhancement to any Cupping treatment!  Come on in, use up your benefits before they run out, and try out this exciting ancient healing technique!

Offer valid until November 30, 2018!