RECORDED WEBINAR: Advanced Facial Gua Sha: Professional Workshop for Acupuncturists
RECORDED WEBINAR: Advanced Facial Gua Sha: Professional Workshop for Acupuncturists
before above; after below. Taken over the course of one visit of facial gua sha and steamed herbal compress massage to lift cheeks, fill out face, reduce under-eye wrinkles, and moisturize skin.
RECORDED WEBINAR: Advanced Facial Gua Sha: Professional Workshop for Acupuncturists
Before on the left; after on the right. Taken before and after one treatment of facial gua sha to smooth and even skin tone, reduce inflammation, sculpt and relax the jaw.

RECORDED WEBINAR: Advanced Facial Gua Sha: Professional Workshop for Acupuncturists

Regular price $180.00


This is the recording of a full live webinar (6 hours), plus a two hour recorded powerpoint lecture AND a LIVE meeting with Beth (one on one!). This is a golden opportunity to work with one of the early adopters of this technique. 

Anyone who purchases this course can audit future in-person classes for a nominal fee. In-person classes will not resume until 2022.

After purchase, you will receive an email with links to the recordings (yours to watch indefinitely) and written materials, as well as a scheduling link for your follow-up session.

Gua Sha Tool: The gua sha stone used in this demonstration is the Dark Green Nephrite Jade Stone from CJB. Practitioners are eligible for the wholesale price (half off). 

This course is best for practitioners who have a familiarity with facial gua sha but crave a deeper connection to the modality, and who would love to engage more deeply in fascia/ musculoskeletal work.

The lecture video on the theory and history of Facial Gua Sha forms the foundation. It is full of gems and speaks to the expertise of acupuncturists.

The practical recorded webinar teaches detailed gua sha techniques of the face and neck, how to adapt for differing presentations, and how to teach it to patients. This class includes a full clinical treatment demonstration and a self-treatment routine, so you will both FEEL how to treat your own face and know how to teach it to your patients for home use. 

No formal CEU credit, but class description will be available along with course materials.

What will this class cover?  

This complete training in Advanced Facial Gua Sha techniques and theory will cover all you need to know to create a stand-alone facial gua sha offering and to incorporate it seamlessly into treatment plans for a wide variety of conditions and cosmetic concerns. You will understand why and how it works, when to use it, and how to educate your clientele about the many beauty benefits of a treatment course, including after-care and client self-care classes.


1) Two Hour Lecture on Facial Gua Sha: A deep dive into facial gua sha treatment in Chinese Medical Theory, including how it has been developed and applied in recent history.

2) Six Hour Demonstration with discussion of theory woven throughout. Includes self-treatment gua sha demonstration (1 hour 30 min) and detailed demonstration of facial gua sha routine on clinical patient (2 hours). 


1) Step-by-step directions for the detailed clinical routine.

2) Step-by-step directions for self-treatment in patient-guide format.

LIVE session follow-up: AFTER you have completed both videos and have practiced a little, you are invited to schedule a one-on-one online session with Beth Russell to confirm the detailed technique and answer any questions you may have.

Will this class only apply to one type of tool? Nope!

This class is aimed at the beginning-intermediate level introducing to the advanced level. This includes ease of usage of multiple varieties of tools and techniques in subtle ways that greatly influence the treatment outcome. The anatomy and theory learned in this course will benefit any acupuncturist who wants to learn about facial care broadly, and take it to the next level of detail. 

Are there specific skincare products that must be used?

No, this facial can be done with any type of lubricant such as a neutral squalane or argan oil. However, in order to individualize treatment, I encourage the use of a variety of different toners, moisturizers, masks, and pearl powder, suited to different skin and constitutional presentations. We will go over this in class, with some reference materials for further reading, including herbal formulas. 

What are the benefits?

The facial gua sha routine consists of treatment of the decolletage, shoulders, neck, face, and scalp. This advanced class addresses body gua sha massage in conjunction with facial gua sha for optimal results. This detailed technique combines the rigor and techniques of multiple influences and can:

  • reduce wrinkles and fine lines
  • tone and firm skin to help lift cheeks, neck, and chin
  • diminish blemishes and dark spots; prevent acne
  • brighten skin color to promote a radiant glow
  • contour face, reduce puffiness
  • increase collagen production and stimulate skin repair
  • provide the face with greater blood flow and tissue hydration + oxygenation
  • stimulate strong shifts in the channel system
  • influence the parasympathetic nervous system
  • relax muscles and relieve tension-related pain

The treatment effect generally takes 24-48 hours to reach peak impact, since the body continues to process the treatment and heal at night. The effect can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, and with regular treatment that time span will lengthen.

Who is teaching the course? 

Beth Griffing Russell, LAc, Dipl.OM., the founder of Studio Sapaan Portland. She has worked with facial renewal industry leader Cecily Braden for over 5 years, learned Thai Traditional Massage in 2012, and learned the facial herbal compress massage technique in 2014. She then learned facial gua sha directly from Dr Ping Zhang in 2017, and has been authorized to teach Dr Zhang's protocol at the professional level. Beth began specializing in facial renewal techniques after observing the transformative effect of Thai steamed herbal compress facial work and Nefeli style facial gua sha on acupuncture clients, developing her own facial gua sha technique meticulously in a clinical setting for the past 3 years. She is a natural teacher and will go to great lengths to make sure that each student grasps the technique with confidence.

Beth is a graduate of Reed College (BA, 2005) and the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (Mac[O]M, 2011), and received Thai Traditional Massage Certification from Wat Pho Chetawon School of TTM in Bangkok 2012. She also has advanced training in Connective Tissue Massage, Shiatsu (Zen and Quantum) and Sotai (Japanese movement and breath work).