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When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Look again. Is there a glow to the image you see? That glow comes from much more than just applying lotions and potions to the surface of your skin. The skin, the largest organ of the body, is a reflection of your overall health. Nutrients, as well as toxins resulting from vata, pitta, and kapha imbalances, travel throughout the entire body. These nourish and/or deplete your cells, including the cells of the one organ that is present from head to toe: the skin. So what can you do to bring your natural radiance to the surface?
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The Gua Sha Stone is a stone used to perform Gua Sha, a traditional Chinese healing method that pre-dates acupuncture. The name “Gua Sha” literally translates to “scrapping,” which describes the motion used by practitioners. Often made with Jade, Rose Quartz, or Bian Stone, the Gua Sha Stone is raked against various parts of the skin. As pressure is applied, the skin is left with a bright red tone. When used on the face, the ancient practice is performed gently without leaving any visible markings.
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Once a month the lining of a woman’s uterus sheds causing her to bleed or have her period. Today, periods are often viewed in the Western world as an inconvenience, but many years ago when a woman had her period she was celebrated. Menstruation and periods have always been linked to the cycles of the moon; this was the perfect evidence of blood's meaning.
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Look at the world around you and observe a multitude of rhythmic cycles. There is the 24-hour cycle of the sun as it revolves around the earth: as each day becomes night and then becomes day again. There is the rhythmic cycle of each season merging into the next: the winter snows melt, the seedlings sprout, the sun beats its rays on a warm sunny day, and the leaves begin to dry up and fall and float away. There is the rhythmic cycle of aging: the sweet and expansive nature of a baby, the ambitions of a teen and an adult, and the contemplative nature of our elders.
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