While the innovation-driven, high-tech side of the beauty world is busy experimenting with microcurrents and synthesising fancy new ingredients, there has been a simultaneous return to more ‘old-school’ beauty treatments. One such example is the Gua Sha. Gua Sha is a method of facial massage using gua sha jade tools which you may have seen it springing up all over Instagram. However, Gua Sha has actually been at the forefront of the skin-improving sector for thousands of years.

Facial Gua Sha is a massage technique designed to: 

  • relieve tension in the muscles of the face
  • boost blood circulation
  • brighten skin
  • encourage lymphatic drainage (to banish puffiness)
  • break up fascia (connective tissue that can sometimes interfere with optimal circulation)
  • help make the face look slimmer

Devotees swear by its ability to ward off headaches and jaw pain, and some even consider it a Botox alternative for its ability to ‘unkink’ settled-in muscle folds.

At Embody we have incorporated the Gua Sha technique into the protocol for our popular Facial Rejuvenation Massage. 

Facial Rejuvenation Massage is a holistic, natural approach to looking younger. Incorporating a combination of specialised facial massage techniques including acupressure, energy balancing and manual lymphatic drainage, this wonderfully relaxing treatment eases wrinkles and expression lines, tightens facial contours, tones and improves the complexion, releases stress and tension, soothes eyestrain, and encourages a positive and confident appearance. Results are immediate, however for maximum benefit a course of five weekly sessions is recommended (save 20%).

Read more on our Facial Rejuvenation Massage and to book an appointment or consultation with one of our expert therapists  

Ricardina is originally from Portugal. From a young age she knew she wanted a career in beauty so immediately after finishing her A Levels she trained as a beauty therapist and soon gained her CIDESCO diploma. Her first position was with Estée Lauder during which time she progressed her training further by qualifying in lymphatic drainage massage, deep tissue massage and shiatsu. She has also completed an Honours degree in nutrition and is a qualified make-up artist. Over the years she has worked with many beauty and spa brands including ESPA, La Prairie, Phytomer, Crème de La Mer and Sisley.

In 2003, after almost 14 years with Estée Lauder, Ricardina accepted the prestigious position of Spa Manager for La Prarie in Cascais on the coast near Lisbon. She moved to England at the end of 2010 where she worked as a senior beauty therapist for Urban Retreat at Harrods before joining the team at Embody. For Ricardina, being a beauty therapist is hugely rewarding, and one of her greatest pleasures is meeting new people and seeing them leave her treatment room feeling happy, relaxed and refreshed.