Face Yoga & Gua Sha Classes

Every Saturday morning I run an online Face Yoga/Gua Sha Class.

These fun, yet relaxing classes offer a combination of Face Yoga. Gua Sha & Pilates, that promote overall well-being. 

The session commences with a brief Pilates session, body tapping and a deep breathing exercise. Proceeded then to the Face Yoga segment, followed by Facial Gua Sha techniques. The class concludes with a soothing visualisation meditationa few standing Pilates exercises to foster a reconnection with the earth. 

Enjoy an hour of you time, you more than deserve it.

The Danielle Collins Face Yoga Method

The Danielle Collins Face Yoga Method is a natural way of looking and feeling younger and healthier with an added sense of relaxation and wellbeing. It is a combination of facial exercises, face massage, face acupressure and face relaxation. It also focuses on wellbeing techniques for the mind, body and soul.

The Danielle Collins Face Yoga Method is a combination of two things. The traditional and the modern. Many techniques are rooted in Eastern philosophies and practices which have been used for thousands of years in India, China and Japan. These practices have been passed down through generations and proven time and time again to be helpful for both aesthetics and health. The Method is also very much based on modern research and techniques which look at the science of the face, how it is composed and how it should be treated.

Stress

The Adverse Effects of its Impact on the Face

Stress manifests over the face in several ways. It can cause dehydration, which causes the skin to look older, tired and unhealthy. It can cause deep set wrinkles in the face from frowning, grimacing and squinting over long periods of time. It can affect the natural plumping agents – Collagen and Elastin, which means the skin can appear older and more sallow. Circulation is also effected, which means that toxins will not be eliminated efficiently and will make the skin appear dull.

When will I notice the difference?

Achieving Optimal Results Through Effort and Dedication

Many people wonder how long it takes to see results from Face Yoga. The answer varies from person to person, as it depends on several factors such as consistency, individual facial muscle strength, age, skin type and lifestyle habits.

You will see and feel some difference straight away. Your muscles may feel like they have had a good workout (just like with body exercise), you will see and feel less tension in the face and your skin may have a rosy glow due to the improved circulation.

As a general rule you will start to see more of a long-term improvement in your face and neck after 2 weeks. 

Face Yoga is a natural and holistic approach to facial rejuvenation, which means that results may take time to become noticeable. However, after 2-4 months, you will notice these changes can include a more lifted and toned appearance, reduced fine lines and wrinkles, improved skin texture, and enhanced facial symmetry. 

Within 6-9 months most people report that they look and feel many years younger and feel more relaxed within themselves.

Just like with any exercise routine, consistency is key. The more consistently you practice Face Yoga exercises and incorporate them into your daily routine, the faster you may see results.

Face Exercise

Just as your body needs regular exercise to stay toned and firm, the 57 muscles in the face and neck also need to be exercised. As they become stronger through exercise they are lifted and firmed and the skin attached to the muscles is also lifted and tautened, therefore reducing lines and wrinkles. As the muscles are much smaller than those in the body, it takes a lot less time for them to increase in strength and tone.

Face Massage

By regularly massaging the face using the techniques from The Danielle Collins Face Yoga Method, you will increase the circulation, lymph flow and remove toxins. This will reduce poor skin tone, puffiness and dark circles and allow the skin to look healthier and more youthful. The massage techniques will also increase the collagen and elastin, the natural plumping agents which will mean a firmer and healthier complexion.

Acupressure

This age-old technique works by pressing on certain points on the face. This can increase the flow of the subtle energy or prana in the face. This therefore reduces tension, increases circulation and gives a healthy glow to the skin.

Relaxation

By learning to relax tension in the face this will help to reduce and prevent the deep sets lines and wrinkles caused by stress, squinting or grimacing. The Danielle Collins Face Yoga Method allows you to relax the face correctly giving it a more open, youthful look.

Gua Sha

Facial Gua Sha is a traditional Chinese healing technique that involves scraping the skin with a smooth-edged tool to improve circulation and promote lymphatic drainage. It is a part of the wider practice of Gua Sha, which has been used for centuries to treat various ailments.

During a facial Gua Sha session, a specially designed tool, typically made of jade or rose quartz, is gently stroked along the face and neck, following specific pathways and pressure points. This technique helps to release tension, reduce puffiness, and enhance the natural radiance of the skin.

Facial Gua Sha is believed to stimulate the flow of Qi (energy) and blood, which can help to improve the overall health and appearance of the skin. It can also aid in the absorption of skincare products, allowing them to penetrate deeper into the skin for better results.

Regular practice of facial Gua Sha is said to have numerous benefits, including reducing fine lines and wrinkles, promoting collagen production, and improving skin elasticity. It is often used as a holistic and natural approach to skincare, providing both physical and mental relaxation.

Why Choose Gua Sha?

Gua Sha is a truly transformative practice when it comes to improving the health and appearance of your skin. Its rising popularity in recent years is not without reason – it delivers immediate and long-term results. 

The impact of Gua Sha on the microcirculation, the intricate network beneath the skin responsible for supplying oxygen, nutrients, and removing toxins, is truly remarkable. Scientific studies have demonstrated that Gua Sha can increase microcirculation by an astounding 400%*, resulting in a flood of fresh nutrients to the skin. Over time, this increased circulation leads to elevated levels of collagen and elastin, resulting in smoother, lifted, plumped, and contoured skin, with a reduction in the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles. 

Gua Sha also excels at reducing morning puffiness and congestion by gently stimulating the movement of lymphatic fluid, which cannot flow independently. It relies on our own movements or external manipulation. Furthermore, Gua Sha has the ability to release tension in facial muscles, providing relief for sore eyes and skin, and leaving the complexion looking radiant and rejuvenated. 

Additionally, the pleasurable and soothing nature of Gua Sha enhances its overall experience. It is astonishing how much tension can accumulate within the 43 muscles of the face. Gua Sha allows for a deeper release of tension in both muscles and fascia compared to using fingers alone, enabling targeted relief for areas of tightness or knots.

 Moreover, facial Gua Sha activates the acupressure points along the 8 major meridian lines in the face. Facial Gua Sha serves as the foundation for overall well-being, as it addresses both the health of our body and skin, inside and out. It is the key to not only feeling amazing but also attaining a beautiful, radiant complexion. 

Additionally, facial Gua Sha provides benefits that extend beyond the face, as it engages with acupressure points that connect to the body. In the following sections, we will delve into the incredible advantages that this ancient Chinese medicine system offers for our skin, health, and emotional well-being – truly a miraculous practice.

The Benefits


 

• Increased microcirculation by 400%.

• Floods skin with nutrients.

• Removes toxins through the lymphatic system.

• Improves levels of collagen and elastin.

• Improves muscle tone.

• Reduces puffiness and congestion.

• Releases tension.

• Lifts brows.

• Plumps lips.

• Sculpts and contours cheeks and jawline.

• Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

• A pleasure to use.

• Addresses the body through reflex points on the face.

• Relaxing deep facial massage.

• Instant results and long-term benefits.

The Tools

Here are a the basic tools you will need for facial Gua Sha.

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