Gua Sha workshop in London | Review

Kensington Mums reviews

Kensington Mums were lucky enough to be invited along to a facial Gua Sha workshop hosted by Manuella Azzari from Azzari Aesthetics. Originally trained as a cardiac nurse, Manuella now specialises in natural skincare.

What is Gua Sha?

Gua Sha is a natural and gentle massage technique using a rose quartz tool. This ancient Chinese technique releases tension, reduced fine lines, stimulates the production of collagen and elastin and reduces puffiness through lymphatic drainage.

Gua Sha is not suitable for anyone who has had Botox or is undergoing treatment for cancer.

The workshop

While you can book a Gua Sha facial treatment with a trained therapist such as Manuella (see her Facebook page for more details), the aim of the workshop was to teach us the massage technique so we could incorporate it into our daily skincare routines at home. A perfect solution for busy mums who don’t have time to schedule a full facial in but still want to see the benefits!

The science

Manuella explained the background to the technique as well as lymphatic drainage.

The lymphatic system can be thought of as a drainage system. As blood circulates through the body, a portion of blood plasma leaks into the tissue. This fluid contains nutrients needed by tissue cells. Although most do the fluid seeps back into the bloodstream, a percentage of it is left behind. The lymphatic system removes this fluid, returning it via the lymphatic vessels to the bloodstream. The lymphatic system also gets rid of viruses and bacteria and therefore plays a vital role in our immune system.

Lymph flow is activated by motion and pressure. Activating the lymph nodes on the face, neck and décolletage can have positive effects in the skin – reducing puffiness, brightening the skin tone, soothing imbalances and reducing impurities.

The technique

We began by cleansing our skin using an oil based cleanser by True Skincare. A good massage is the key to effective cleansing.

Manuella then took us through the different massage techniques for each part of the face and neck. We applied facial oil to our skin before beginning the massage.

We stared with the neck, using the Gua Sha rose quartz tool to massage the neck in an upwards motion first on the back of our necks and then moving round to the front.

We then moved on to the jaw, cheek, eyes and eventually the forehead. Using light pressure and gentle upwards strokes.

Once the whole face had been done we drained all the lymph fluids from the forehead down to the collar bone from the lateral side of our faces.

Radiant beauty inside and out

We were also treated to wonderful smoothies, herbal tea and delicious but healthy, sugar free snacks at the workshop. We were given recipes so we could recreate the smoothies at home together with some background on types of foods and fruit that are particularly beneficial to the skin.

The verdict

Despite the gentle strokes used, my skin felt stimulated and was clearly glowing after we had finished. I was surprised how thirsty the massage had made me feel so so make sure you drink plenty of water afterwards.

Once I got home and studied my face in the mirror it was clear that the fine lines around my eyes had almost disappeared!

Incorporating the massage into my daily routine every morning does seem like a challenge when I am trying to get the kids out the door for school and myself ready for work but I will definitely be giving this a go on weekends and on my non-working days.

It’s clear that practicing the Gua Sha daily ritual will do wonders for my skin and will give my skin a wonderful glow.

I would highly recommend attending a workshop and learning the technique for yourself.

For more information visit their Instagram and Facebook.