Youthfulness, everybody wants it, visually if not mentally. Gua Sha is the Chinese medicine answer to turning back time for your face! A form of facial treatment, it uses gentle stimulation, acupuncture, acupressure and massage to revitalise skin texture, blood flow and appearance by reducing puffiness and age spots. The ancient Chinese practitioners discovered that many meridians of blood and energy in the body either begin or end in the face, with others have internal branches that travel to the face, hence the connection with how our health influences our facial appearance.
With pressure on these acupuncture points on the face and body, the increased circulation of blood and energy rejuvenate the skin while simultaneously treating the underlying factors that contribute to the ageing process. By massaging on certain areas, we can improve circulation and in turn affect a variety of conditions. Hayfever and congestion can even be treated by these methods.
Crystal tools are used to perform facial acupressure, usually Jade, Rose quartz or Agate. These are either flat with smooth rounded edges or shaped like a wand. Different crystals also have individual healing properties in their own right and are used in conjunction.
Facial Cupping uses gentle suction with soft plastic cups, enhancing circulation and toning the facial muscles. No marks are left on the face with this technique as only a light pressure is applied to the face in a slow repetitive scraping and lifting motion, contouring muscles and stimulating elasticity. Acupuncture points are stimulated during the process. As with any therapy, it is essential to find an experienced practitioner, in this case, registered in Chinese Medicine through AHPRA, for best results.
In turn, acupressure points on the face can also target digestive issues, fatigue, gum problems, headaches, sleep disorders, stress relief, and improved facial muscle tone (there are 43 muscles in the face!)
Dr Coreena Willoughby – Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine 0424133428