Advanced Facial Gua Sha Professional Workshop for Acupuncturists
Advanced Facial Gua Sha Professional Workshop for Acupuncturists

Advanced Facial Gua Sha Professional Workshop for Acupuncturists


Online, Two Days, 5 hours each, PLUS one follow-up individual one hour session

Sunday December 6, 2020 Facial Gua Sha History and Advanced Technique

Sunday December 13, 2020 Facial Gua Sha Theory and Clinical Troubleshooting Techniques

Both days schedule: 10am – 3:30pm Pacific Central Time (1/2 hour lunch break 12-12:30pm)

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

Materials: Class cost includes one Dark Green Nephrite Jade Stone from CJB, one Rose Quartz Spoon from CJB, and one Nefeli Pearl Powder (total value $208 retail), which will be mailed to you as soon as you sign up for the class.

Class size is limited to 16, so reserve your spot now! Scroll to bottom for payment link or CLICK HERE

This course is best for practitioners who have a familiarity with facial gua sha but crave a deeper connection to the modality. We will dive deeply into the ramifications of facial gua sha in the context of Chinese Medical Theory (4 level, 5 phase, 6 stage), alongside a crystal clear anatomical underpinning including muscles, innervation, lymphatic and circulatory pathways, and dense connective tissue of the face, head, neck, shoulders, and patterns of referred tension.

This course will address when various techniques are best used, how to adapt for differing presentations, and how to teach it to patients online or in person in a group or individual setting. This class is based on treating your own face, so you know exactly how each move should feel and look. The follow-up one on one session can be used to check the technique and to go over modifications for clinical use if you are seeing facial clients in person.

What will this class cover?  

This complete training in Advanced Facial Gua Sha techniques and theory will cover all you need to know to begin teaching it to patients in person or online, and incorporating 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.


December 6, Day 1 

1) Welcome and lecture with history of facial gua sha, cultural context, anatomy review, before and after pictures, contraindications and best practices. 1.5 hours.

2) Demonstration with Q+A, including narration of anatomy and channels. 30 min.

Lunch break, 30 min.

3) Practice, guided step by step, 2 hours.

4) Review of steps, comparison to other modalities, discussion of various tools. 1 hour.

December 13, Day 2

1) Welcome and review of steps, going through entire protocol once, 1 hour.

2) Review anatomy of aging and channel theory, Q+A. 1 hour.

Lunch break, 30 min.

3) Lecture on theory from a yin-yang perspective, common conditions, and troubleshooting, 1.5 hours.

4) Skincare products and herbal formulas, 30 min.

5) How to teach a class to patients, general Q + A, 1 hour.

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 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 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 facial gua sha directly from Dr Ping Zhang in 2017, and has taught at the professional level for the past two years. 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).