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What is Facial Gua Sha?

You can tell a lot about someone just by looking at their face. Not just the expression they are pulling, or the immediate mood they happen to be in. But health and wellbeing is also written on your face. That’s because, according to Chinese medicine, your beauty is an external reflection of your internal health. Facial gua sha is a traditional eastern tool made of pure Jade, a cooling and cleansing stone used in Chinese medicine for centuries to aid the body's filtration organs and lymph system to expel toxins. The main causes of fluid retention are inflammation in the body, lack of movement, or too much salt. Inflammation can have so many causes, but some common ones are poor diet; foods such as sugar, gluten or dairy; too much alcohol; illness; and chronic illness. The lymph system relies on external movement for its circulation, so exercise or massage help to move the fluid, and being sedentary, or being stationed behind a computer all day, contribute to stagnation—this is why we're usually puffiest in the morning, after we've been lying in bed all night. This is where facial gua sha comes in. With gentle pressure, in the correct directions, we encourage the lymphatic fluid to move along its pathways and drain into the body. At Philosophia Botanica our beauty routines are about making positive improvements to your health. Our founder and Chinese Medicine practitioner has captured the essence of thousands of years of Chinese wisdom into a gentle yet powerful facial ritual, the Eastern Face Lift. Come and experience our latest Facial Ritual, The Eastern Face Lift, at one of our selected Spas in either London, Cape Town or Durban! Training is currently available for U.K. & South African Spas and Clinics. We also offer international training for larger spas.

Please contact us for further information and/or training requests.

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