Facial Gua Sha Professional Workshop: Studio Sapaan + CJB
Renton, WA (south of Seattle, near SeaTac Airport)
Tuesday March 3, 2020 8:30am - 6pm (1 hour lunch break 12-1pm)
Professional Course for Licensed Estheticians, Massage Therapists, and Acupuncturists
Materials: Class cost includes one Dark Green Nephrite Jade Stone from CJB
Class size is limited to 12, so reserve your spot now! Scroll to bottom for payment link.
Gua Sha is a Traditional East Asian Medical technique that press-strokes lubricated skin using a smooth rounded instrument, such as nephrite jade or other stones and metals. The technique is used in China, Japan, and throughout Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, and other countries as well. Facial gua sha is the use of this gentle technique for the enhancement of facial features, toning and lifting the face and neck while refining texture and glow of skin. This is a treatment that enables the client to experience a deep sense of relaxation and well-being, which improves client retention and creates a lovely sense of connection.
What are the benefits?
The facial gua sha routine consists of treatment of the decolletage, shoulders, neck, face, and scalp. This detailed technique 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
- relax muscles and relieve tension-related pain
- provide the face with greater blood flow and tissue hydration + oxygenation
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.
What will this class cover?
This complete training in Facial Gua Sha techniques will cover all you need to know to begin implementing this beautiful holistic facial service immediately in your practice. 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.
The day's schedule:
1) Welcome and short lecture with before and after pictures, anatomy review, contraindications and best practices.
2) Demonstration with Q+A, including how to incorporate into a service menu or mixed treatment modalities.
3) Practice, guided step by step, 2 hours to treat and 2 hours to receive.
4) Review of steps, outline of client care class, final questions.
Will it turn my clients' faces red? Nope!
'Gua' means to scrape or scratch, but is more accurately described as uni-directional instrument-assisted press-stroking. 'Sha' describes surface blood stasis and the redness associated with applying gua sha. When used as a treatment for pain conditions of the body it may cause transitory therapeutic petechiae (redness), but the type of Facial Gua Sha taught in this training is used much more gently, avoiding redness while allowing a glowing gentle pink flush to occur. This helps move stuck tissue and encourages increased fluid flow, rejuvenating the skin at a cellular level.
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 best 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 briefly in class, with some reference materials for further reading. The class will focus on technique primarily, rather than a lecture about products.
Where is the class?
At Salon Services in Renton, WA: 740 SW 34th St, Renton, WA 98057
From the hosting venue: At Salon Services we pride our selves on being the protectors of the beauty industry. With 39 years and counting we remain the premier Beauty supplier of the Northwest. Our point of difference is not only innovated brands, but advanced education and business consulting. We are here to help you grow by encouraging personal mastery.
Who is teaching the course?
Beth Russell, LAc, Dipl.OM., the founder of Studio Sapaan Portland. She has worked with facial renewal industry leader Cecily Braden for over 5 years 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. 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 (MAcOM, 2011), and received Thai Traditional Massage Certification from Wat Pho Chetawon School of TTM in Bangkok 2012. She also has advanced training in Shiatsu (Zen and Quantum) and Sotai (Japanese movement and breath work).