Skin aging occurs when there is a decrease in circulation of blood, which carries vital nutrients to the skin. When we age, nutrient circulation and detoxifying lymph become increasingly sluggish. This causes the skin becomes more “stagnant.”
When used for long periods of time without a break, Botox decreases flow in the face even more by immobilizing the facial muscles. With long-term use, the deadened facial muscles may atrophy, which can take on a gray and lifeless pallor.
Gua Sha for your face.
Gua Sha brings life, vitality, and nutrients by way of increased circulation. We want to release any blockages in the muscles, skin, and fascia that are preventing optimal circulation and release tension that we don’t need. When we release tension and restore optimal circulation, deep lines can soften, skin becomes rosy and plump again, and worry and strain can melt from the face.
This approach to skin care creates glowing skin, improved texture, and more plumpness, and is actually deeply healing.
Gua Sha loosens tension in the superficial fascia and the lymph.
Lymph is a highly underrated circulatory system within the body and it is responsible for detoxifying waste from the skin on a cellular level, in addition to its many, many other functions. When we are holding tension in the muscles and fascia, lymph cannot move freely and do its job of clearing out waste from the tissue. The result of poor lymph flow can present as dull skin, an accumulation of blackheads and milia, and/or stubborn hyperpigmentation, just to name a few.
Superficial fascia is the layer of connective tissue right under the skin on the face. It acts as the support and infrastructure for your skin and is responsible for giving it lift and tone. It can also carry a lot of tension and adhesions that restrict circulation of blood and lymph.
The neck is the superhighway of ALL circulation to and from the face. A tight neck acts like a traffic jam on the freeway from the body to face and back again. This prevents detoxifying lymph from draining as well as it should, and working the neck alone can be major in bringing flow and vitality back to the complexion as well as reducing puffiness in the face. Most of my clients experience a very high level of neck and jaw tension due to the stress of being boss babes in the workplace and city living. I say if we’re going to work hard, we’ve got to self-care hard too.
The scalp is essentially an extension of the face. The forehead muscle stretches far back into the hairline, and the jaw muscle has scalp attachments up above and around the ears. Massaging the scalp can aid in the release of tightly knit foreheads and locked jaws, it feels amazing, and it will also increase blood flow to the scalp and stimulate hair follicles for healthy locks.
Our holistic skincare expert Elise does Gua Sha, she likes to describe it as a technique for “facial sculpting!”
Not to mention, it feels wonderful! Schedule your Gua Sha session Here!