Episode summary: In this episode, guest Beth Russell, a colleague in the world of Chinese medicine joins us to talk about optimizing our home health routines. Beth Griffing Russell is an acupuncturist and specialist in facial renewal practices using Traditional East Asian Medicine. She helps people of all ages reconnect with their brilliant vitality through a variety of techniques that can be performed at home. Beth's goal is to uplift faces and spirits and on this episode, she will explain the connection between the skin and the nervous system, relaxing the muscles of the neck and burnout, and what fear and sitting at our computers have in common.
You’ll finish this episode with plenty of take aways - you might even notice that you’re sitting up straighter and your eyes are a little brighter (that’s a hint meant to tell you that you’ll be guided through some at home facial toning techniques!).
Topics discussed in this episode:
- Skin Disorders Representing Fear [5:57]
- A Mountain Lion Encounter [7:45]
- The Connection Between Fear and Neck Tension [11:15]
- Neural Feedback Patterns/Stress/Safety [15:52]
- Wrinkles Are About Efficiency [17:02]
- Relax Your Neck to Free Your Facial Expressions [20:10]
- Thai Herbal Compresses for Massage [23:50]
- An Intro to Facial Gua Sha [27:46]
- Not Just About Beauty, These Techniques Make You Smarter and More Focused [34:41]
- Get Started With These Techniques At Home Right Now [36:19]
- Mental Squeegee Technique [40:35]
- Let Gentleness Permeate Your Life [50:55]
Videos of Beth Russell, LAc working on Joe from On the Go With Joe (these are entertaining and informative!):
We refer to the holidays as “the most wonderful time of the year,” but it can also be a stressful time of year. When you’re stressed, it tends to show. We found a way for you to not only feel more relaxed, but look that way, too. Molly Riehl stops by Studio Sapaan to learn more about facial Gua Sha and get a lesson in facial rolling.
Want to treat yourself to a beauty and mood boost every single day? The secret may be facial rolling.
A New Beauty Trend and Celebrating Slow Fashion: Gua Sha Massage Is Administered with a Cooling Jade Stone
Usually during a facial, the treatment focuses on various topical products to achieve different results, which sometimes can cause irritation. The Gua Sha massage and Thai compress, however, only rely on a neutral oil, a gentle pearl exfoliating powder, and the natural herbs in the compress; the main treatment is the massage itself, which is absolute HEAVEN. One doesn’t realize just how much stress and tension is held in the muscles of the face and jaw until a qualified person works on them. Over the course of the hour-long treatment, I could actually feel my skin lifting, the tension in my muscles and jaw melting, and the toxins being flushed away. And that pesky line? Gone!
The treatment was almost a month (and two fashion shows) ago, and the line has come back a little—but the overall effects of the treatment continue. At $110 per treatment, it’s not cheap, but compare that to the cost of injections, Botox, and other cosmetic procedures, and it’s a downright steal. Plus, no pain or downtime! While I’ll still be going to my much-trusted facialist for regular surface treatments, I’ll definitely be incorporating this new technique into my self-care routine.