Pulse Acupuncture

Pulse Acupuncture

Gua Sha

Gua Sha in Brooklyn, NY

Gua Sha, an ancient therapeutic technique, has gained popularity in Brooklyn, NY, as a natural and effective way to address various health concerns. At Pulse Acupuncture, located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Gua Sha is offered as part of our comprehensive holistic approach to health and well-being. With a focus on providing personalized care, Marina Doktorman and her team are dedicated to bringing the benefits of Gua Sha to our patients.

What is Gua Sha in Brooklyn?

Gua Sha in Brooklyn

Gua Sha is a traditional Chinese healing practice that involves using a smooth-edged tool, such as a jade stone or ceramic spoon, to gently scrape the skin’s surface. This technique is utilized for various purposes, including facialgua sha for face rejuvenation and overall well-being. Marina Doktorman is a licensed practitioner who has been practicing Guasha in New York for many years. Gua Sha at Pulse Acupuncture is incorporated into our range of services, providing patients with access to this ancient healing practice.

How Does Gua Sha Massage Work?

Guasha massage, often referred to as gua sha technique, involves applying light to moderate pressure on the skin’s surface using the smooth-edged tool. The pressure creates friction, resulting in redness known as “sha” that appears on the skin. This temporary redness is an indication of improved blood flow to the treated area, promoting circulation and stimulating the body’s natural healing response. Gua Sha massage is particularly effective for facial rejuvenation when performed as a Gua Sha face massage. This specialized technique helps relax facial muscles, reduce tension, and promote lymphatic drainage, resulting in a more radiant and youthful appearance. The Gua Sha face massage also aids in the absorption of skincare products, maximizing their effectiveness and enhancing overall skin health.
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Gua Sha Benefits at Pulse Acupuncture in Brooklyn, NY

Gua Sha Benefits
At Pulse Acupuncture, Gua Sha benefits extend beyond the traditional therapeutic effects of the practice. The Gua Sha technique, when applied to the face, offers a range of facial Gua Sha benefits. These include improved skin tone and texture, reduced puffiness and dark circles, and diminished fine lines and wrinkles. Facial Gua Sha benefits also encompass relief from facial tension and stress, promoting a relaxed and refreshed appearance. Moreover, Gua Sha benefits for the face extend to the holistic aspects of well-being. The facial Gua Sha massage can provide a sense of calm and relaxation, helping to reduce stress and anxiety. The enhanced blood flow and lymphatic drainage resulting from the Gua Sha technique contribute to detoxification and rejuvenation, supporting overall health and vitality. Reasons to Consider Gua Sha at Pulse Acupuncture:
  • Non-invasive pathway to radiant skin.
  • Harmonizing the flow of life force, or Qi.
  • Alleviating chronic pain and muscle tension.
  • Boosting blood circulation, enhancing skin health.
  • Natural relief from migraines and headaches.
  • Activation of the body’s intrinsic healing mechanisms.
  • Reduction of inflammation and facial puffiness.
  • Detoxification and enhanced lymphatic flow.
  • Stress relief and deep relaxation.

Is Gua Sha Safe?

Gua Sha is generally considered safe when performed by trained professionals like the practitioners at Pulse Acupuncture. However, it is essential to be aware of potential Gua Sha side effects. The temporary redness or “sha” that appears on the skin during and after the treatment is a normal response and typically subsides within a few days. Bruising, while rare, can occur if excessive pressure is applied. To ensure the safety and effectiveness of Gua Sha therapy, it is recommended to seek treatment from experienced practitioners.
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Gua Sha Facial Massage at Pulse Acupuncture in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Gua Sha Facial Massage Brooklyn
At Pulse Acupuncture, Gua Sha massage is provided by skilled practitioners, including the expertise of Marina Doktorman. With a commitment to the well-being of our patients, the team at Pulse Acupuncture offers the best Gua Sha experience tailored to individual needs. The Gua Sha facial massage, in particular, is a specialized treatment that combines the therapeutic effects of Gua Sha with the rejuvenating benefits of facial massage. Marina Doktorman and her team use Gua Sha massage as a holistic approach to enhance overall health, well-being, and skin radiance. By combining their knowledge of traditional Chinese healing practices with modern techniques, the practitioners at Pulse Acupuncture deliver a revitalizing Gua Sha experience that promotes relaxation, stress relief, and improved facial appearance. The Gua Sha facial massage offered at Pulse Acupuncture is designed to address individual concerns and provide a customized approach to skin rejuvenation. By understanding each patient’s unique skin type and needs, Marina Doktorman and her team can effectively tailor the Gua Sha technique to achieve the desired results.

As patients undergo Gua Sha massage at Pulse Acupuncture, they can expect to experience the gentle yet powerful effects of this ancient healing practice. The treatment not only enhances facial appearance but also promotes a sense of overall well-being, helping individuals achieve a balanced and rejuvenated state of mind and body.

In conclusion, Gua Sha and acupuncture, both offered at Pulse Acupuncture in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, are powerful ancient healing practices that bring numerous benefits to the mind and body. As a skilled practitioner, Marina Doktorman and her team provide a safe and effective Gua Sha and acupuncture experience that supports overall well-being and facial rejuvenation. The Gua Sha facial massage, in particular, is a specialized treatment that combines the therapeutic effects of Gua Sha with the relaxing benefits of facial massage, leaving patients with a refreshed and radiant appearance. Alongside this, acupuncture treatments further enhance the body’s natural healing processes and energy flow. At Pulse Acupuncture, patients can experience the best of both Gua Sha and acupuncture treatments, delivered with expertise and care by Marina Doktorman and her team of skilled practitioners.

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What conditions can you treat with Acupuncture at Pulse Acupuncture in New York?

The World Health Organization currently lists a variety of diseases, symptoms of diseases, or conditions that benefit through treatment from acupuncture. These include:

Pain management

Digestive Symptoms

Women/Men Health

  • Hormonal imbalance
  • PCOS
  • UTIs
  • Frequent urination
  • PMS
  • Infertility
  • Erectile Dysfunction

Pregnancy Support

  • Miscarriage prevention
  • Nausea
  • Baby health


  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma Healing
  • Insomnia



  • Acne
  • Eczema
  • Dermatitis
  • Psoriasis
  • Lichen Sclerosis
  • Herpes


  • Cancer support
  • Weight loss
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Detox
  • Tinnitus
  • Long Covid 19 symptoms
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About the Practitioner

Marina Doktorman was born in Ukraine and immigrated to United States at the age of 15. She received her B.A. degree in Psychology from Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY in 1997. Marina Doktorman, L.Ac, Dipl.Ac., is a nationally board certified acupuncturist since 2001 and licensed in NY and NJ states. She first worked in NYC in a multi-specialty clinic before establishing her private practice in 2005, in Clifton, NJ.

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First visit acupuncture treatment
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Follow-up acupuncture visit (includes cupping, onnetsu therapy, massage)


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Cupping (without acupuncture)


Onnetsu Therapy (without acupuncture) 15 min:


Cosmetic Acupuncture:

First visit: evaluation, acupuncture, serum, moisturizing
cream, gua-sha fascial massage, Celluma Red Light Therapy:


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Herbal Consultation:


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Gua Sha Testimonials in Brooklyn

Kazue AnanKazue Anan
23:22 05 Oct 23
Elena SolntsevaElena Solntseva
21:26 05 Oct 23
To understand what I'm talking about, you have to try it for yourself.After 10 minutes of the procedure, you get into a different reality. Marina is knowledgeable, answers all the questions. After the procedure, the skin of the face glows, the body becomes lighter by a couple of pounds. I've been looking for such a procedure and state of mind for a long time.
02:39 23 Sep 23
Pulse Acupuncture is exactly what I’ve been looking for to treat my migraines! Marina is knowledgeable, professional, asks probing questions and does fire cupping! She also has a very serene and clean office that makes me feel so relaxed and I never feel rushed during my sessions. Marina is truly incredible - her treatments help me mitigate migraines and I highly recommend her for any acupuncture/holistic health needs!! (I’ve tried other practitioners in the area and none have compared to Marina’s experience and professionalism.)
Irina KozinaIrina Kozina
13:59 10 Sep 23
I used acupuncture for low back and SI joint pain. I have a chronic condition. After the 1st treatment pain reduced by 75%. I am very happy with the results. I'm coming back. Thank you!
Michael SchimleyMichael Schimley
16:26 23 Aug 23
I found Marina while I was experiencing horrible lower back pain and her treatments got me back to my normal self quickly. Her office is beautiful, clean and welcoming. I will be going back regularly for routine maintenance and stress relief.
Sophia FSophia F
08:41 03 Aug 23
Very happy that my friend recommended Pulse Acupuncture Williamsburg Brooklyn to me! Marina Doktorman is such a professional acupuncturist! It was my first time trying acupuncture and I fell in love with it, I felt younger and lighter after my acupuncture session! I recommend to everyone!!!
Helen ShinHelen Shin
21:24 01 Aug 23
Marina healed me with the best acupuncture in Williamsburg. My shoulders and traps was intensely in pain to the point it gave me a headache but Pulse Acupuncture relieved my pain. Marina's technique is so effective and relaxing. The space is also beautiful and luxurious and you can also get a massage with Maria who's also AMAZING. I highly recommend Pulse Acupuncture in Williamsburg 🙂
Ellen LeybengrubEllen Leybengrub
02:24 28 Jul 23
Marina Doktorman is very knowledgeable, skilled, and caring, with many years of experience. Excellent location. Beautiful brand new office.
Felix LanFelix Lan
21:48 25 Jul 23
Super pleased with my first appointment. Marina is very kind, knowledgeable and professional. Highly recommend.
Amanda PagulAmanda Pagul
23:30 17 Jul 23
Evgenia VlasovaEvgenia Vlasova
23:32 29 Jun 23
When I first came to Marina, I felt constant pressure in my lower back, tension in my upper back and lack of energy. During the first session I could literally feel something shifting inside in those areas she was working on. Her touch was so gentle that I didn’t even feel the needles go in. The time stopped, I was relaxed, calm and peaceful. Besides acupuncture I had some cupping done as well. The cups relieved a great deal of pressure from my upper and lower back. After the session I immediately felt the effect. Have my next session scheduled for next week. I would definitely recommend Marina to those seeking holistic ways to deal with muscle, spine, and pain issues. She is a miracle worker!
Taisiya PokrovskayaTaisiya Pokrovskaya
21:00 13 Jun 23
I felt relief after the first session with Marina Doktorman. Marina is a caring practitioner that establishes a connection with her clients and always ensures a comfortable environment. After doing acupuncture, heat therapy, and cupping with her, I felt instant relief and relaxation. In addition, Marina’s treatment helped me feel relief from neck and back pain, as well as to feel grounded and connected to my body. I would highly recommend Marina to anyone.
Alex livsonAlex livson
18:49 06 Jun 23
Excellent service, very knowledgeable and professional. They helped me a lot. Strongly recommend. Went to other offices, but this one is truly the best!
maya grablermaya grabler
23:28 04 Jun 23
I’m getting acupuncture for allergies and impressed by the results! I’m no longer congested, no teary eyes. It’s just incredible! Im used to getting allergy shots before. No more. It’s unbelievable! The treatment is relaxing and very effective! My headaches are gone too! I really recommend Marina Doktorman at Pulse Acupuncture!
Leon RavLeon Rav
16:25 15 Apr 23
I’ve had great acupuncture experience at Pulse Acupuncture. Marina was able to fix my neck strain in just one treatment. It was not painful and actually very relaxing. Cupping and massage followed after acupuncture session. This was the most relief I’ve had in a long time. Loved the healing vibe of this beautiful studio.
The -W-omenThe -W-omen
01:06 07 Apr 23
I recently visited Pulse Acupuncture to seek relief for my lower back pain, and I am thrilled with the results I achieved through Marina's skillful treatment. After just a few sessions, I noticed a significant improvement in my pain levels and overall mobility.I am beyond grateful to Marina, because after trying so many things, I almost lost hope. highly recommend Pulse Acupuncture and Marina for anyone seeking relief from pain or other health concerns.
Mark PlesserMark Plesser
00:58 07 Apr 23
I have been visiting Pulse Acupuncture for several months now, and I have consistently received excellent service from Marina. Her expertise in acupuncture and holistic healing is unmatched, and she always takes the time to listen to my concerns and provide personalized recommendations.The acupuncture sessions themselves are incredibly relaxing and therapeutic. Marina's gentle touch and precise needle placement always leave me feeling calm and rejuvenated. She also incorporates other techniques, such as cupping, which have been very beneficial for my overall health and wellbeing.In addition to her skill as an acupuncturist, Marina is also a wonderful person to work with. She is warm, friendly, and genuinely cares about her clients' wellbeing. I always leave our sessions feeling refreshed and uplifted, both physically and mentally.Overall, I highly recommend Pulse Acupuncture and Marina for anyone looking for high-quality acupuncture and personalized care. Thank you, Marina, for your exceptional service and dedication to helping others achieve optimal health!
Miha haMiha ha
18:35 27 Mar 23

Gua Sha in Brooklyn, NYC - FAQ

While the term “scraping” might sound intense, Gua Sha Massage is usually not painful. The pressure can be adjusted based on your comfort level. It’s normal to feel some warmth and tingling in the treated area, similar to a deep tissue massage.

Post-treatment, you might notice red or purple discolorations, known as ‘sha’, on the skin. This is a sign of blood circulation and toxin release and usually fades within a few days. Staying hydrated post-treatment helps flush out these toxins.

Before your Gua Sha appointment, it’s advised to have a light meal and avoid caffeine or alcohol. Wear comfortable clothing, and be prepared to discuss any specific areas of concern or discomfort with practitioner.

Absolutely! Gua Sha complements other therapies such as acupuncture, cupping, or herbal medicine. Discuss your treatment goals with your practitioner, and they can recommend the best combination of therapies for your needs.

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