Winter appears to be in full swing— we retire sooner and the early oncoming of the evening invites us to stay home. With more time spent in our nests, we love seeing winter as an opportunity to tune in with our selves, creating long-lasting rituals to combat the colder weather and appreciating what chilly temperatures have to offer. Striving to manifest perfect health, we frequently shout praises from the roof about a little technique known as “gua 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 Anne in our armory, we are excited to launch a new service that has been a long time in the making. De-puff, lift, and glow with Boketto Gua Sha— available in 30, 60, and 90 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 serums from the Pan Natural Goods “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.
Gua sha is wonderful for any time of the year, especially in the winter months. Due to the highly detoxing nature of this practice, we especially recommend receiving gua sha treatment when symptoms of cold and 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.