16 Feb 2011
In the constant search for new and off the beaten path beauty treatments, I ventured to 21 Academy for a little Gua-Sha for my face and back.
Gua-sha is an ancient Chinese therapy that involves scraping the skin to promote blood circulation and remove toxins. In English, Gua Sha basically means, to scrape away fever. Herbs are rubbed on the back area or acupoints to stimulate blood circulation in the body. Then the skin will be scraped using a jade or horn blade from top to bottom according to the direction of blood flow. The facial version is a lot more gentle. My therapist was very good, using circular motion massages. BTW this is not a clearing or exfoliating facial, it is very non-invasive more geared to reduce wrinkles, fight puffiness and improve the skin’s overall condition. Price was reasonable, bed manners and space were nice. The best part was near the end of my treatment, I could hear the Lion dance drums/ gongs fast approaching, so Chinese Singaporean in the heart of Ang Mo Kio!
I enjoyed the back Gua-sha more than the face treatment. The truth is, I am more used to steam, clearing out pores and tightening products/ facials. The massage in the Gua-sha facial is divine and so is the back treatment. Afterwards, I felt energized and very relaxed.