“Living in the past is a dull and lonely business; looking back strains the neck muscles, causing you to bump into people not going your way.” EDNA FERBER american novelist
FIRST THINGS FIRST
Start Everyday with the Empress Ritual
Then, add on each day's new focus.
If you need a refresher, follow this video tutorial by our very own, Britta Plug:
The Joy of Gua Sha on the Neck
The cardinal rule of gua sha: always work the neck first! Whether your skin is broken out and you’re avoiding facial gua sha or you want to promote lymphatic drainage, the neck holds the majority of our lymph nodes.
— 1 — Downward strokes promote lymph drainage. Between the jaw and the collarbone, lots of lymph activity occurs. Directly above the collarbone is a “dumping” ground for old lymph. The neck is almost like a drain for our lymph! Lymph drainage can help de-puff the face, brighten a dull complexion, and promote detoxification. Moving with the lymph accelerates its flow, and flow begets glow.
— 2 — Upward strokes promote the lift of saggy tissues.
Use light pressure, it should feel good. Upward strokes won’t undo your downward strokes—lymph is a one way street. Upward strokes help to erase signs of aging, lines, and sagging around the neck. Do this stroke with feather light pressure!
Post Your Experience
Support your body through this detoxifying 21-Day period with daily dry brushing. Using a natural bristle brush, sweep upward in short, firm strokes on the inside and back of the legs. Brush inward on the underside of the arms toward the heart.
Did you know that 30% of your lymph nodes are concentrated in the head and neck? That, and every little thing you ever wanted to know about lymph drainage, is explained on our blog.
“I just started doing gua sha about 4 months ago in my salon and wow! Everyone sees a difference from this no matter what you are trying to achieve and everyone receives the benefit of the effect it has on the nervous system. Looking forward to being a part of this movement / change.”