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.
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.
Advanced Facial Gua Sha: Professional Workshop for Acupuncturists

Advanced Facial Gua Sha: Professional Workshop for Acupuncturists

Regular price $245.00


Online, One 6-hour Day, PLUS 2 hours pre-recorded videos

Sunday June 6, 2021 Facial Gua Sha Advanced Technique: on the table and on self

Schedule: 10am – 5:00pm Pacific Standard Time (1 hour lunch break 12:30pm-1:30pm)

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 which will be mailed to you as soon as you sign up for the class. If you already have that exact gua sha tool, email me to receive a discount!

Class size is limited to 16, so reserve your spot now!

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.

You will receive one lecture style video prior to the live online class on the theory and history of Facial Gua Sha. This will form the foundation for the practical portion, which will comprise the majority of our time spent live, online.

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 will include a clinical treatment demo and an example one-on-one self-treatment demo, so you will both FEEL how to treat your own face and know how to teach it to your patients for home use. 

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.

Recorded Video, available in May: 

1) Two Hour Lecture on Facial Gua Sha: I dive deeply into the ramifications of facial gua sha in the context of Chinese Medical Theory (4 level, 5 phase, 6 stage, 8 extras), 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. History and current development of this modality is given for context as well.

Live schedule:

June 6

1) Welcome and Intro, 30 min.

2) Preparing skin, tools for self-treatment, and outline of treatment, 30 min.

3) Self-treatment gua sha demonstration, including narration of anatomy and channels. 90 min.

Lunch break, 1 hour.

3) Reconvene and Questions, 30 min.

4) Demonstration of facial gua sha routine on clinical patient, 2 hours.

5) Break, 15 min

6) Discussion 45 min: Clinical troubleshooting/ examples, etc.


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).