CLIVE WITHAM | ecology in motion

EIM Facial Gua Sha:  Face in Bloom

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2-Day Live Workshop
Gua Sha theory, plus practical application of the nature-based principals of Chinese medicine.
Professionals Only
Available to Licensed Estheticians, Massage Therapists & Acupuncturists
Certification | 16 CE Hours
Students will receive certification, plus 16 CE Hours for eligible participants. 
Face in Bloom is a professional course in Ecology in Motion (EIM) Facial Gua sha. It is based on the practical application of the nature-based principles and biomedical knowledge of ancient Chinese medicine. It provides both a solid understanding of effective Gua sha treatments and a clear step-by-step approach to delivering them.
This is not your normal "acupoints and meridian" based knowledge, it's a whole system using the natural principles of ancient Chinese medicine to understand how to get the best out of any facial treatment. It's about how your face moves with your body. How it flows and connects with every muscle. And how the circulation system can enhance or inhibit any facial work that you do.
In this course you will explore the ecological ideas of ancient Chinese medicine, along with the practical application for treating the face, and parts of the body. There is no separation between the face and body; therefore it is important to know how the body affects the face. Combining theory along with hands-on techniques, you will leave with a solid understanding of effective Gua Sha treatments, and a clear approach for delivering them. 

Bringing a fresh, unique perspective to everything you do with facial Gua sha, the goal of this course is to develop confident, competent practitioners of facial Gua sha, who know exactly what they are doing and why they are doing it, all within the context and beauty of the natural world and Chinese medicine.

Pre-course reading:  Facial Gua sha book (Revised edition)
  • Apply principles of natural science to the face
  • Integrate new ideas of beauty and health
  • Apply support treatments to the head, neck and shoulders
  • Combine the body and the face to enhance your treatments
  • Use channel treatments on the arms and legs
  • Learn the goal of every Gua sha treatment
  • Make connections in fascia and muscles between the face and body
  • Use strategies to address common aesthetic goals such as worry lines, frown lines, smile lines and Crow’s feet
  • Explore the tissue structures, areas and channels of the face
  • Target treatments to the upper face, eyes, mid-face and lower face
  • Use Gua sha treatment methods with ease
  • Regenerate facial tissue; restore vitality
Payment programs available. Choose "Location and Date" for installment details. 
Course overview
2-Day Live Workshop
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UPCOMING WORKSHOPS Price varies per location
All registration prices are in US dollars

Registration open...
  • New York, NY | Sept. 17-18  8 Spaces
  • San Francisco, CA | Sept. 26-27  6 Spaces
  • Ft. Lauderdale | Sept 21-22  8 Spaces
  • Denver, CO | Oct 1-2 WAITLIST*

  • Registration opening soon...
    • Barcelona | TBD
    • Paris | TBD

    *For details, or to be added to a waitlist, email training@cecilybraden.com.
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    This 2-day workshop will introduce you to the elegant ecological ideas of ancient Chinese medicine and teach you to apply principles of the natural world to your face and body through Facial Gua sha.

    Skills you will learn include the basic movements of Ecology in Motion (EIM) Facial Gua sha; treating the upper and lower face with local sequences; targeting treatments on the scalp, neck, shoulders, upper back and chest; and making connections with other parts of the body that have a direct impact on the face.

    You'll learn how to use adaptive and targeted approaches and how to confidently use EIM Facial Gua sha to enhance your skillset, build your business, and transform your understanding of the face and body.
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    Day 1: Theory + Hands-on practice | Face

    Explore key principles of Ecology in Motion and deepen your understanding of Facial Gua sha. 

    Learn how to apply these ideas to get the best out of your Facial Gua sha treatments, and systematically target areas of the face with knowledge of anatomical structures, channels and treatment methods during hands-on practice and a complete local treatment on the face.

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    Day 2: Theory + Hands-on practice | Face & Body

    Develop your Facial Gua sha treatment using knowledge of anatomy, movement and the body circulation system to utilize a range of body areas to directly affect the face.

    Learn how to target areas on the face utilizing the scalp, neck, shoulders, chest, upper back, arms and legs. Combine integrated and targeted treatment strategies on the face and body with a focus on hands-on practice. 
    IS THIS COURSE RECOGNIZED?
    Ecology in Motion Gua sha courses are recognized by the International Institute of Complementary Therapists (IICT) for membership and insurance. The EIM courses are also recognized in the USA by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). The Face in Bloom course is eligible for 16 CE hours.

    We are also an approved education provider for the Florida Board of Massage Therapy, Georgia Board of Massage Therapy, South Carolina Massage/Bodywork Panel, Tennessee Board of Massage Licensure and Massage Therapists' and Wholistic Practitioners' Association of the Maritimes.

    The course is also applicable for many CEU/CPD/PDA Certification programs in the UK and other countries. If you have any specific query about recognition, contact me for clarification.

    Clive Witham

    Best-selling author and creator of Ecology in Motion Gua sha, Clive Witham has spent 20 years treating with and writing about Gua sha for health and beauty. As well as being a licensed acupuncturist and qualified health promotion specialist, he is Director of the Komorebi Institute and the Gua sha Center in Barcelona, Spain.

    He has written four books on Gua sha and Facial Gua sha published in five languages and constantly tries to refine and adapt how we use Gua sha based on ancient knowledge, natural science and best practice.

    Komorebi Institute 

    The Komorebi Institute is dedicated to training the next generation of Gua sha practitioners. It is focused on developing the knowledge and practical skills from the world of nature-based Chinese medicine and to apply these to foster effective facial and body Gua sha treatments.

    The institute exclusively researches, trains and provides a knowledge base for Gua sha and Facial Gua sha, and is also at the forefront of promoting Gua sha as an effective low-cost, community-based therapy in the majority world, and especially in countries where healthcare facilities are limited.