I was recently invited along to Advanced Beautique in Maidenhead to sample the ancient Chinese massage technique of Gua Sha. Now, my face is starting to show the many signs of the cheap holiday getaways of my late teens and early 20's, so I'm game to try anything to slow down the ageing process.
I was greeted by Naeeda at her home where she has a beautifully converted studio. Immediately I was put at ease with a warm welcome, we talked about my skin, lifestyle and what I hoped to gain from the session. What followed was the most relaxing facial, using Gua Sha. Gua Sha is a simple press and stroke technique along the contours of your face, using tools which come in varying shapes, sizes and forms. The current fave is Jade or Rose Quartz. This is a beauty treatment which has been used across Asia for thousands of years and is now the favoured facial of Gwneth Paltrow and Elle McPherson.
Renowned for its unique ability to increase circulation under the skin, bringing in nutrients and boosting collagen. The technique produces a brighter, healthier, more radiant complexion and one I can vouch for. My skin really did feel firmer, was brighter and I think even a few of my 'happy' lines were reduced. Naeeda provided snippets of her skin wisdom throughout the process, snippets that I have found are now part of my daily skin regime.
The treatment was certainly relaxing, taking in reflexology points on my face, and a neck and shoulder massage, which intense at times went a long way to release the knots in my shoulders.
Naeeda doesn't specialise in just Gua Sha, but also a host of other facial treatments. I'm hoping for the Zone Facelift to come my way this Christmas. Take a look at the website to see what takes your fancy.