© 2011 Darlene McDowell  C.Ht  CPLC  GSP

Owner, The Gua Sha Facial 

 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)

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

Chakra Energy Healing Certification 

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.

What is The Gua Sha Facial? 

The Gua Sha Facial is a gentle version of the Gua Sha applied to the body.  Gua Sha is a natural alternative therapy invented by the Ancient Chinese, which involves scraping the skin with a massage tool that is designated to stimulate micro-circulation of the soft tissue, which increases blood circulation.   With Gua Sha we can address a wide variety of skin problems effectively.   You can see instant results, that have been observed, in erasing fine lines, puffiness and achieving a better complexion.  With additional Gua Sha sessions,  you will see the reduction of aging signs, such as wrinkles and sagging skin.  

With my Gua Sha Facial technique with Acupressure, three things happen in the first session:

1.  The surface of the skin and particular acupoints are stimulated to increase blood circulation and the flow of "Chi" (which results in a better complexion and reduces various skin problems).

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

3.  Stagnant lymph is activated to clear out toxins (which reduce puffiness).

 

 

The benefits that people can achieve with the Guas Sha Facial/Facelift:

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 advanced aging).

Lightens age spots and other skin discolorations.

Your complexion gets rosier and more radiant.

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

Questions most often asked about a Gua Sha Acupressure Facial/Facelift:

Is a Gua Sha Facial / Facelift painful?

No.  it is not supposed to be painful at all.   You may notice the applied varied pressure.  There are areas that we may come across that you may feel a dull ache.  Those areas we need to work on the most because there may be a congestion of 'chi' (chi is the energy/life source through the meridians in the body) or an area of lymphatic blockage.  At these points I may need to scrape with lighter pressure and slower strokes to mitigate this particular problem, which may take a few sessions.  After a few sessions, working on these congested points, they will be clear and no ache/pain at all. 

Does facial Gua Sha cause bruises?

Unlike body Gua Sha, I have special facial tools that are held at different angles and used with a lot less force for the facial sensitive areas.   Areas may become red, which is normal, but will go away quickly. 

I DO NOT apply Gua Sha directly to any prior inflamed skin, such as acne, etc. 

What is a Gua Sha tool?

There are many Gua Sha tools, for different areas of the body.  Ancient Chinese started with using ceramic spoons.  Other materials now used are jade, bian stone, wood, stainless steel among other materials.   I use Jade and Rose Quartz for the face. My tools are designed to fit the face, the facial contours.  

I use stainless (Graston IASTM technique) tools for the other parts of the body.  (as well as bian stone) 

What will I receive in my Luxury Gua Sha Facial?

The Gua Sha 'Luxury' Facial is a wonderful, relaxing facial consisting of:
>Skin Analysis and Assessment. 
>Cleansing.
>Steaming. 
>Exfoliating.
>Mask.   (While the mask is hydrating and smoothing out fine lines, you will receive a Gua Sha hand/wrist massage.  Your hands need to look good too!)
>Moisturize.
>Beauty Point Acupressure.  (to stimulate the flow of energy and helps balance emotions)
>The Gua Sha Facial. ( A Face-Lift massage)  I use Rose Quartz and Jade Gua Sha tools to firm up sagging facial muscles, smooth the skin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, improve the skin under the eyes (such as dark circles or bags), complexion gets rosier and radiant and Gua Sha can help clear up skin conditions, such as acne, rosacea or other skin dis-ease.   Gua Sha also helps to stimulate blood circulation and the flow of "qi", relaxes tense facial muscles (pressure is applied to reduce the depth if wrinkle lines) and stagnant lymph is activated to clear out toxins. 
Your face and neck will be very relaxed.
>Then, a wonderful special time, just for you.  You will relax as we do a guided imagery relaxation with wonderful/positive affirmations. 
  You look and feel great on the outside.. and now you will feel great on the inside as well.  
You will leave your session "Looking" and" Feeling" great!  
You are getting The Luxury, The Celebrity treatment.   
Who doesn't want to "look" years younger?  And... "feel" years younger?

And, after your first initial session, you will also receive a wonderful Natural Jade Gua Sha facial tool in a beautiful carry pouch.... to use at home. 

Give yourself 'luxury".   It is Your time.  You deserve it!

For other questions you may have, please feel free to email me with any questions or concerns and I will get back with you as soon as possible.     darlene@theguashafacial.com 

If you are ready to get started with a new healthy glow and stop the facial aging signs, look years younger and feel great!..   Go ahead and book your appointment and let's get started! 

Click here >   BOOK ONLINE     Then click on the Gua Sha Facial package that is best for you! 

Looking forward to meeting you soon! 

Darlene McDowell