Glowing Skin

from Within

Uncover time tested beauty rituals at your fingertips

Does your skin need a boost of self care love this winter? This January, join Registered Acupuncturist Barbara Poczyniak, to discover a facial self care regime based on the holistic principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

An easy to do cosmetic acupressure facial combined with mindful breath, meant to be performed daily to help reduce the signs of aging and stress.  We’ll introduce TCM beauty nutrition, and offer in-depth tutorials on transformative self care methods such as facial cupping and facial gua sha.  Plus, learn how to choose and blend your own facial oils, with recipes for a number of skin types and issues.

Perfect timing for glowing skin this winter – and all from the comfort of home!

Your Self Care Toolkit

These time tested beauty rituals nourish the face as well as the ‘whole person’.  Based on an energetic and holistic approach, they will also benefit your overall mood and wellbeing.  These easy to do techniques promote a healthy, peaceful glow from within.

Cost is only $67 for 3-part workshop held over 3 weeks, with lifelong access to recordings. 

Wednesday 20, 27 Jan & 3 Feb 2021

Sign up to receive:

  • 3 one hour virtual classes (participate live or watch the recording anytime)
  • Q&A after each live class
  • Downloadable step by step tutorials and BONUS materials


Decongest, de-puff, and brighten the appearance of skin by naturally aiding the body’s lymphatic system.


Relax muscles of the face, and make skin appear more radiant, smooth and firm.


Stimulate flow of bodily energy to the face and neck, boosting circulation in the cells and enhancing production of collagen and elastin.


Improve skin’s vitality by enhancing circulation, increasing oxygenation, nourishment and renewal of tissues. Nourish the healthy tone and texture of skin.

The Workshop Series

Part 1: Acupressure Facial + Essential Oils

This introductory module starts with an overview of face diagnosis according to Traditional Chinese Medicine.  We will discuss how the appearance of skin often relates to signs of imbalance that may be present elsewhere in the body. We’ll go over examples of common beauty concerns and how they interrelate with health, stress and  lifestyle according to TCM.

Next, we’ll learn the locations and natures of the acupressure points on the face, scalp and body and then proceed to a step by step demonstration of a classic acupressure facial.  Used on a regular basis, this 10-minute self care acupressure and massage protocol can help revive dull winter skin.

After completing this module, participants will be able to:

  • Identify how the major organ systems in TCM relate to skin health and beauty
  • Identify the facial diagnostic zones according to TCM
  • Locate the acupressure points used in the classic acupressure facial
  • Practice a simple breathing technique to relax the mind during acupressure practice
  • Practice a series of face & body acupressure points in a complete sequence 
  • Be familiar with the basic concepts of choosing and blending facial oils for your own custom treatments


How to blend your own facial oils to use in the acupressure massage and gua sha self care routines. We will discuss which essential oils and carrier oils are best for specific skin types and concerns.  Included recipes offer a range of options for most skin types and skincare concerns.

Part 2: Facial Gua Sha + TCM Topical treatments

Do you have a facial gua sha tool just kicking around?  Not sure how to use it?  Or maybe not really getting the results you were hoping for so far? In this module we focus on getting the most out of your facial Gua Sha tools.

We will start with an overview of what gua sha is, and how body and facial treatment differs. We’ll discuss common beauty concerns and how gua sha can work to help.  We’ll also talk about contraindications and cautions, and who and when is the best fit for this type of self treatment. 

Next, a step by step primer for a complete gua sha self care facial plus tips on how to target “focus areas” of the face. 

Finally, we will go over basic safety guidelines for facial gua sha and how to choose and maintain your tools.  Gua sha can be combined with acupressure facial techniques for a longer treat – or use it for a quick pick me up spot treatment daily. Expect to see smoother, glowing skin with regular use as part of your daily routine (individual results may vary).

After completing this module, participants will be able to:

  • Understand how gua sha differs for face and body.
  • Be familiar with the different types of gua sha tools and materials.
  • Identify the “must do” first steps for a more effective self treatment.
  • Practice a full face, neck and scalp gua sha self treatment.
  • Know how to clean and maintain their gua sha tools.
  • Have an overview of some traditional topicals and how to best incorporate them in your DIY treatments.


Discover traditional skin treatments using familiar natural ingredients as well as some that may be new to you. These are the perfect DIY add-on to facial acupressure massage and facial gua sha.

Part 3: Facial Cupping + TCM Beauty Nutrition


Putting suction cups on the face?  Why would you want to do that?  In this final module, we introduce the basic principles behind facial cupping and how it can be a great addition to your self care home routine when done correctly.

We’ll start with what cupping does and the beauty applications it has for use on the face and neck.  Learn about the benefits and contraindications of using cups, including how to get the most effective treatment.

Next, a step by step primer for a complete facial cupping self care routine, plus tips on how to target “focus areas” of the face.

Finally, we will go over basic safety guidelines for facial cupping and how to choose and maintain your tools. Facial cupping can be used on its own as a quick pick me up, or combined into longer treatment routines.

After completing this module, participants will be able to:

  • Be familiar with the benefits of facial cupping, and how it differs for face and body.
  • Identify the different types of facial cups, and how to choose the best for you.
  • Identify the “must do” first steps for a more effective cupping treatment.
  • Practice a full face and neck cupping self treatment.
  • Practice a series of shorter “target zone” self treatments.
  • Have an overview of some traditional TCM foods for boosting collagen production and overall skin health.


TCM Beauty Nutrition: foods that naturally boost collagen and support healthy, clear skin. Including familiar foods and some that may be new to your skincare menu. My top 3 recipes for skin health and beauty included in the handout.

Treat Your Skin

to a fresh start this winter


Who should take this Workshop?

Anyone interested in learning effective hands-on beauty self care methods based on Traditional Chinese Medicine PLUS the concepts behind them. Learn to safely apply these soothing practices to boost skin health, mood and well being during the winter months. Can be a great “bridge” in between your existing professional treatments OR for those who may not be able to come into the clinic right now.  Also suitable if you are interested in TCM facial rejuvenation and considering a professional treatment in the future.

What materials do I need for the course?

Materials you will need for the complete 3-part series:

  • A favourite hydrating facial mist (ie. rosewater or other natural mist)
  • A lightweight massage oil that can be used on face, neck and decolletage (ie. squalane, rosehip, almond oil or what you have available).
  • One general purpose facial gua sha tool for the gua sha module 
  • 2-3 facial cups in assorted sizes from smaller to larger for the cupping module (ie. a silicone set is fine to start)
  • Hairband or tie to keep hair away from face

Optional materials that may be nice to have:

  • A second gua sha tool such as flat spoon shape for gentle sculpting actions
  • 2-3 essential oils and 1-2 carrier oils for custom blending (we will cover some possible choices in the first class)
  • Set of glass facial cups
  • Pearl powder for facial use

Quality cupping supplies can be sourced and shipped directly from Lure Essentials, available for purchase through my link here:

How much time does this take?

True self care is never meant to feel like a chore, and there are always ways to make it fit your lifestyle.  The acupressure facial massage can take about 8-10 minutes a day, and is meant to be a relaxing experience.  If you choose to include gua sha and/or cupping this can add another 5-10 minutes –  but could also be saved for a special treat when you have more time.  I’ll also include some “express options”, for when you need a quick boost and don’t have time for a full self treatment.

Will this be recorded?

Yes, you will receive a recording of each session so that you can go over the step by step tutorial again and again.  

How fast will I see results?

This combination of self care facial techniques can bring about positive change at any age.  Results can vary based on expectations and how often you decide to practice.  Committing to a regular, daily practice for at least 4 weeks will bring visible results (often sooner). After that point it is possible for many people to switch to “maintenance mode” and practice the sequence just 2-3 times each week. Results will vary for each individual, as condition of your skin (ie. sun damage, deep lines, etc) as well as lifestyle factors can also play a part in how quickly changes are visible.

Is this like a facelift? Or like Botox?

No, it is not an instant or dramatic fix like cosmetic surgery or aesthetic injections.  Expect a more gradual process in order to see results – however this is also completely natural and has almost no negative side effects.

Can I do this if I am currently using Botox or other injectables?

Facial gua sha and cupping are NOT to be done over injection sites.

Can these techniques eliminate acne scars?

Acne scarring may require an in-person treatment plan incorporating acupuncture and other modalities, however these at-home methods can certainly help improve skin health and appearance in general.

Can this help with rosacea?

Rosacea is a condition that may be exacerbated by certain types of manual self treatment such as facial gua sha or cupping.  It is always best to seek the care of a qualified, licensed practitioner for in-person consultation and treatment first.

About the Instructor

Barbara Poczyniak is a Registered Acupuncturist with a focus on Women’s Health + Beauty and non-invasive cosmetic procedures to address the signs of stress and ageing.  Her background is in Traditional Chinese Medicine, plus a wealth of training and experience in facial rejuvenation using cosmetic acupuncture, gua sha, cupping, botanical essences and more.

Caution: For those with extremely sensitive skin, rosacea, eczema or other reactive skin disorder please consult your dermatologist or skincare professional for guidance on your skin before trying these self care techniques. A one-on-one appointment with Barbara (either virtual or in-person) is also suggested.

Disclaimer: the content in this course is intended for informational purposes only. Results will vary for each individual and no guarantee is provided.  The information is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other healthcare professional, nor is it meant to diagnose or treat a health problem, symptom or disease.  If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem, contact your health provider promptly.  Purchasing this course and/or following the information in this course does not create a professional health provider relationship between you and Barbara Poczyniak, R.Ac or Vital Bloom Wellness.