FAQ (Frequently asked questions) about GUA SHA Luxury facial.

What is the main premise of Gua Sha?

The main premise of Gua Sha, physically, is the raising of stagnant blood to the surface of the skin.  Like many forms of liquid that remain in one area too long, stagnant blood will begin to accumulate unwanted particles as well.  Blood is not so different in that, when it stops moving or moves slower than usual, other pathogens the blood was trying to move, stay in that one area, festering.  This can cause anything from mild expressions of infection to more profound issues like cancer.

What does Gua Sha mean?

Gua Sha is a Chinese term for a physical therapy technique, as well as throughout Far-East Asia.  In translation, Gua ("gwa") means to scrape, scratch, rub or extract. Sha ("shaw") means red, sand on sediment or signifies congestion under the skin.  

What do you NOT use Gua Sha for? 

We do not use the Gua Sha technique for an acute injury, bruises, abrasions,  sunburn, rashes,  broken skin, pimples, moles, the abdomen of a pregnant woman or varicose veins. 

What is The Gua Sha Facial?

The Gua Sha Facial is a much gentler version of Body Gua Sha.  We apply varying technique/strokes to selected areas of the face and neck which can improve many types of skin conditions.  Gau Sha can address many results of problem areas, getting instant results for erasing fine lines, puffiness and achieving a better complexion.  Gua Sha, over a period of treatments, endure the aging signs of wrinkles and sagging skin. 


How does Gua Sha work with Acupressure as a Facelift? 

Three things happen when the face is gently scraped:

1.  The surface of the skin and particular acupoints (using Acupressure) are stimulated to increase blood circulation and flow of Qi.  (pronounced 'chee" life energy)  which will result in a better complexion and reduce various skin problems.

2.  Tense facial muscles are relaxed as pressure is applied (reducing the depth of wrinkle lines).

3.  Stagnant lymph (toxin buildup) is activated to clear out toxins (reducing puffiness). 


What are the benefits of Facial Gua Sha?

With Gua Sha treatments (each person's face is different and will require different numbers of treatments) you can achieve the following:

Firms up your sagging facial muscles.

Smooths the skin and reduces the appearance of wrinkles on your face.

Improves dark circles and bags under the eyes (the kind you get from advancing age)

Lightens age spots and other skin discolorations.

Your complexion gets rosier and more radiant.

Helps clear up acne. rosacea, and other skin diseases on your face.


Is Gua Sha painful?  

Gua Sha is not painful.  Gua Sha helps relieve pain, soreness, discomfort and many other problems.    

 I first apply the area with oil and lotions, then scrape the area, so it feels more like a relaxing massage.

  As a Gua Sha practitioner, I use tools that apply to that area.  All tools have a smooth edge.  I scrape/rub the skin as a deep massage, balancing the Chi,  which promotes blood circulation to the area, as well as the removal of toxic heat, stagnant blood and lymph fluid from the body.  


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© 2009 Darlene McDowell  C.Ht  CPLC  GSP

Owner, The Gua Sha Facial Co.

 Darlene McDowell Credentials:

ASFA Academy (Aesthetic Spa Facial Academy, Beverly Hills, CA)

IVS Training Academy Facial (Professional Technique, Facial

Assessment, Acupressure Technique, Gua Sha Technique)

Certification  Specialized Training  Ultrasound Cavitation (Cavi Lipo)

Certification  Specialized Laser Lipo 

IVS Training Academy Gua Sha  (TCM, IASTM Graston Method)  

IVS Training Academy Acupressure for Pain Relief

AHA Certification Hypnosis for Pain Management

Hypnosis Motivation Institute College of Hypnotherapy         

Fowler Wainwright International Masters Life Coaching                      AHA Certification Therapeutic Imagery Facilitator

Union 472, OPEIU, AFL-CIO, CLC

Darlene McDowell has worked with Actors, Entertainers, Music Artists and Athletes. She was an agent and Life Coach 20+ years as a franchised agent with the Screen Actors Guild & the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists.