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The Guasha

 

The Gua Sha,  (pronounced Gwaaahhshaaaa)

What exactly is a gua sha and how can a stone offer so many beauty benefits?

I love details details😁🧐 and always love to dig a bit deeper to understand things a little better.

To answer these questions, I researched a bit and read up articles by two traditional Chinese medicine practitioners board-certified acupuncturists and traditional Chinese medicine experts Shaoba Wang, MD, and Sonja Lee, DACM, LAC. They shared the cultural significance of gua sha, the best gua sha techniques.

From the experts mouths, a Gua sha, or 刮痧, directly translates to “scratch” and “sand” (here, the sand refers to the raised redness on the skin instead of actual sand). “‘Sha’ is caused by the bacteria or virus toxins, which break the capillaries and form hyperemia areas, or spots in the skin or mucus, and form sand-like scattered or condensed areas,” says Dr Wang.

After applying gua sha, it is common for users to experience redness or tenderness (a sign of blood renewal), but those effects will subside within a few days. I have been personally using one for a few weeks now as a self love ritual and can say it has definitely help my face look a bit more defined and less puffy. It helps that I have also gone of bread 😉🍞but that’s another story.

Most TIK TOK videos show guashas used to help sculpt your face but did you know a gua sha works by engaging tissue to eliminate fluid build-up in the lymph nodes (which can give the illusion of a more contoured face) — it can’t actually remove fat from certain areas.

It also recommended that people with weak immune systems (those who struggle with seasonal allergies or tend to catch colds easily) try gua sha.

As Wang explained, this is especially useful for those people because by repeatedly stimulating certain areas, gua sha helps purge non-circulating blood and toxins from the body.

So go on, give your face the glow it deserves by incorporating  a facial gua sha tool in your daily skin care routine.  To sum up here are a few of the benifits. 

🌈Improves cellular turnover and elasticity

😍Reduces puffiness

🤓Improves overall glow and radiance

🧐Minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

😍Helps aid lymphatic drainage around your facial area

 

 
 

Equinox – a time to let go

 

Equinox time – a time to let go

On Saturday, March 20th, 2021 will be Autumn equinox.

Today for a brief moment the entire globe will be in balance with 12 hours of day and 12 hours of light due to the tilt of the earth.   Let us try to use this energy to bring ourselves into balance, make sure you use this time to reflect and do some work on yourself.

A deep conversation with a close friend the other day sparked a reminder for myself, that we are a reflection of the universe that surrounds us, what takes place outside us must also take place within us. It is often a difficult process to face oneself much easier to project and externalize the issues.   Those who long for the light must first face the darkness within themselves.

Sow the correct seeds of intention, connect with nature and those you hold dear to you.  Do some inner reflection and take stock of yourself.  Do you notice any patterns? now is the time to realign and adjust accordingly.  Allow yourself to live more authentically, find your balance between the dark and the light.

Be aware and notice how the trees do not cling to their leaves.  It is about releasing the old to make way for the new.

Here are some simple hand tips to get the Zen family on their way to embrace this year’s equinox

1.Spring clean your mind

As we go through the year, we subconsciously pick up baggage that we don’t need. At best, it just clutters up your thoughts. At worst, it blocks you from receiving the things you actually would benefit from…Either way, removing that clutter is important to help you step forward, with your mind nicely organized and ready to receive the changes coming your way.

2 Change your home vibe

Sometimes tidying up and cleaning isn’t enough though.  Get rid of old furniture and things that are not useful of beautiful or spark joy.  Play some fun music. Dust out the spider webs, open up those windows and let some light in.  In order to make way for the new you have to push out the old.  Decluttering is a great way to make space for energy to enter your space.  Donate the stuff you are no longer using it may just make someone else’s day.

3. Be like Elsa and let it go…..

No matter how much cleaning you do, it’s all in vain if you don’t get real with yourself about the things that are no longer serving you. There’s no better time than just before one of the most potent pivotal points of the year to do this. Be brave and vulnerable with yourself. You owe it to yourself to stand in your truth.  From a relationship aspect letting go may not necessarily mean letting go of someone physically or emotionally, it could also mean have a difficult conversation and realigning expectations.

Get your self into balance that is the most important thing you can do for yourself.  Once you are in balance the world around you will start to pivot around your energy.  

 

 

 
 

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