Raising Sha

Gua sha is a healing technique in traditional Eastern medicine. This practice is defined as an instrument-assisted unidirectional stroking of a lubricated area of the body surface, intentionally creating transitory therapeutic petechiae called ‘sha,’ representing extravasation of blood underneath the primary layer of skin. Gua sha is believed to raise sha that is pathogenic in order to detox effectively. To put things in simpler terms, gua sha stimulates blood flow underneath the skin— this promotes toxic drainage, and allows for a large release in pressure by breaking up stagnancy under the skin. 

With the healing hands of our Esthetician, Anne Dietrich, de-puffing, lifting, and glowing is achieved with  her signature service, aptly called: Sculpt & Lift— available in 30, and 60 minute sessions. Using our own naturally cooling and thoughtfully designed stone tool, Anne uses her expertise and a variety of angles and pressures to accomplish rejuvenated skin for each of her patients. Combined with oils from the La Lyra Longevity line (created by local mother and maker Suzy Brockmann), this treatment is guaranteed to help drain the lymphatic system, ease muscle tension, promote self-healing, tighten pores, lift the skin, and aid with puffiness/swelling in the fascia. Plus, add that glow back.

Gua sha is wonderful for any time of the year, but especially in the summer winter months when we swing towards the extremes. Due to the highly detoxing nature of this practice, we especially recommend receiving gua sha treatment when symptoms of allergies, colds & flu begin to arise. Raising sha can help to excavate the sinuses, reduce swelling in the lymph nodes, as well as boost your immune system as an extra preventative measure. This works by promoting lymphatic drainage. The lymphatic system is responsible for removing waste from the blood— stimulating this system through gua sha fosters a holistic and accessible remedy that can be practiced both with Boketto and at home.