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What is Facial Gua Sha?

Historically records of Gua Sha go back to the Paleolithic age, when people fell sick stones were used to alleviate symptoms of disease. Gua sha is the practice of using a tool to apply pressure and scrape the skin to relieve pain and tension. This action causes light bruising, which often appears as purple or red spots known as petechiae or sha. The name gua sha  — comes from the Chinese word for scraping. It may also be called skin scraping, spooning, or coining.

According to traditional Chinese medicine, Qi or "chi" is energy that flows through the body. Many people believe that a person’s qi must be balanced and flowing freely to ensure their health and wellbeing.

People also believe that Qi can become blocked, causing pain or tension in the muscles and joints. Gua sha aims to move this blocked energy to relieve aches or stiffness. Traditional East Asian medicine also views blood stasis or stagnation as a cause of pain and illness. Another aim of Gua sha is to move pooled or stagnated blood to relieve symptoms.

Facial Gua Sha benefits include:

  • Relaxes facial tension

  • Breaks up fascial adhesions

  • Reduces puffiness

  • Boosts efficacy in skin care products

  • Improves skin appearance (wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, breakouts)

  • Aids in relaxation

What are the Meridians?

The term "meridian" describes the overall energy distribution system of Chinese medicine. The individual meridians are often described as channels or vessels which reflects the notion of carrying, holding or transporting Qi, blood and body fluids around the body. Essentially they are energy highways that are mapped out through the entire body. The Chinese term for meridian is jing luo.

Most acupuncture and acupressure points lie on a meridian, and stimulating these points using acupuncture needles, acupressure, Gua Sha among other modalities is thought to help correct and rebalance the flow of energy. There are over 400 acupuncture points in the meridian system. Each meridian channel is believed to correspond to an organ and run along the body to either the hand or the foot.

What is Facial Reflexology?

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the face is a microsystem of the internal organs with different parts corresponding to different organs.

The concept of facial reflexology is that there are meridian points on the face that correspond with various organs in the body. Facial mapping has traditionally been used to diagnose and bring the body into balance. In addition to facial mapping, there are acupressure points on the face that can be used for acupuncture or acupressure. These points have a variety of therapeutic benefits. 

Reflexology works by stimulating the brain. Stimulating these reflexology points does not affect the organs directly, but instead affects the brain’s areas responsible for the regulation of those organs. Stimulating these meridian points with massage benefits their correlating organs through self-regulation.

Facial reflexology has two main streams: the Dien Chan, created by Dr. Bùi Quôc Châu, and the Sorensensistem Method, created by Lone Sorenson. Châu’s method is largely inspired by Traditional Chinese and Vietnamese medicinal systems, while Sorenson’s method is inspired by both Eastern and South American traditions as well as neuroanatomy.

Facial Reflexology benefits include:

  • better sleep

  • increased energy

  • healthier skin

  • elevated mood

  • pain relief

  • improvement in immune deficiencies

  • headache relief

  • clearer sinuses

  • calmer mind

  • body detoxification

**We respect the complexity of TCM and are by no means experts but learners and sharers. We invite anyone with direct lineage to the modalities to educate, correct or collaborate with us.**

Above copy is cited from:

Emilee Fernandes from Jem Aesthetics Academy:

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