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THE eIM™

GUA SHA
SPOON

Saji

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THE eIM™

GUA SHA
SPOON

Saji

HANDMADE

ONE BY ONE

FOR YOU

About

The Vision

About

The Vision

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The Vision

Say Goodbye to Mass Produced Gua sha Tools

In a world inundated with mass-produced products, our handmade Gua sha tools stand as a beacon of ethical craftsmanship and environmental responsibility. It's a choice for both personal wellness and global consciousness.

  • Sustainability
  • Quality
  • ​Ethics

The Hidden Costs of Mass Production

  • Environmental Impact: Mass-produced Gua sha tools often come with a heavy environmental footprint. Excessive resource consumption, pollution from large-scale industrial processes, and non-biodegradable waste are just the tip of the iceberg.
  • Compromised Quality: To cut costs, many mass-produced tools are made with inferior materials. This not only affects the tool’s efficacy but can also expose your skin to toxic industrial chemicals.
  • Ethical Concerns: Often hidden behind the low price tags are the unethical practices of cheap labor and poor working conditions. By choosing mass-produced tools, one may unknowingly support these questionable practices.
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The Vision

For a larger cause

Our spoons help to fund the Komorebi Institute's Non-profit Community EIM™ Gua sha Projects. In 2022 and 2023, we launched health promotion education programs in Sri Lanka amongst underserved communities using Gua sha as a first-contact home-care technique. We also introduced specialized professional training for hospital medical personnel in the application of research-driven Gua sha to target specific conditions and patient groups.

  • First-contact home-care within families and communities
  • ​Community empowerment
  • ​Medical staff training

These projects are being expanded to other countries and communities as part of a global vision of Gua sha as an affordable, effective community-based solution that has a place in modern healthcare.

pill2.jpg
speaker5.jpg

The Vision

Say Goodbye to Mass Produced Gua sha Tools

In a world inundated with mass-produced products, our handmade Gua sha tools stand as a beacon of ethical craftsmanship and environmental responsibility. It's a choice for both personal wellness and global consciousness.

  • Sustainability
  • Quality
  • ​Ethics

The Hidden Costs of Mass Production

  • Environmental Impact: Mass-produced Gua sha tools often come with a heavy environmental footprint. Excessive resource consumption, pollution from large-scale industrial processes, and non-biodegradable waste are just the tip of the iceberg.
  • Compromised Quality: To cut costs, many mass-produced tools are made with inferior materials. This not only affects the tool’s efficacy but can also expose your skin to toxic industrial chemicals.
  • Ethical Concerns: Often hidden behind the low price tags are the unethical practices of cheap labor and poor working conditions. By choosing mass-produced tools, one may unknowingly support these questionable practices.

The Vision

For a larger cause

Our spoons help to fund the Komorebi Institute's Non-profit Community EIM™ Gua sha Projects. In 2022 and 2023, we launched health promotion education programs in Sri Lanka amongst underserved communities using Gua sha as a first-contact home-care technique. We also introduced specialized professional training for hospital medical personnel in the application of research-driven Gua sha to target specific conditions and patient groups.

  • First-contact home-care within families and communities
  • Community empowerment
  • Medical staff training

These projects are being expanded to other countries and communities as part of a global vision of Gua sha as an affordable, effective community-based solution that has a place in modern healthcare.

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About

Saji

About

Saji

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("匙" or "Saji" is spoon in Japanese)

About Saji

And why... a spoon?

Gua sha has a proud tradition throughout its history of being of the people. It was passed down from generation to generation within families and communities in East Asia to protect the health and wellness of loved ones.

Unlike nowadays, there was no commercialised market for purpose-built Gua sha tools, and for centuries people used objects they had around them in their homes such as coins, cotton yarn and spoons. The fact that we have produced this spoon, and not a custom-made shaped tool, is to acknowledge and stay true to this historical essence of Gua sha.

A spoon represents the philosophy of the Komorebi Institute and Ecology in Motion™ Gua sha. It is the representation of the most basic of tools which, when used in the right way, can transform lives forever.

It is the tool which we use in every treatment and every class all over the world.

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About Saji

Saji – Where Art and Life meet

Make no mistake. The magic is not in the spoon itself - the simplest porcelain Chinese soup spoon is wonderfully therapeutic - but it is in the hand that wields it. That's where the magic lies.

And this is where some of the Saji specifics come in. As I've treated people with Gua sha for 20 years with a Chinese soup spoon, I developed a sense of what an ideal kind of Gua sha spoon might be.

A Gua sha spoon that...

  • Doesn't slip easily with oily hands
  • Is shaped to effortlessly rest on your palm
  • ​Gives you dependable results over and over
  • ​Looks the part of a professional - it's still a recognisable spoon and not pretending to be anything else - but it has a beauty and elegance that only comes when art and life meet.
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("匙" or "Saji" is spoon in Japanese)

About Saji

And why... a spoon?

Gua sha has a proud tradition throughout its history of being of the people. It was passed down from generation to generation within families and communities in East Asia to protect the health and wellness of loved ones.

Unlike nowadays, there was no commercialised market for purpose-built Gua sha tools, and for centuries people used objects they had around them in their homes such as coins, cotton yarn and spoons. The fact that we have produced this spoon, and not a custom-made shaped tool, is to acknowledge and stay true to this historical essence of Gua sha.

A spoon represents the philosophy of the Komorebi Institute and Ecology in Motion™ Gua sha. It is the representation of the most basic of tools which, when used in the right way, can transform lives forever.

It is the tool which we use in every treatment and every class all over the world.

About Saji

Saji, Where Art and Life meet

Make no mistake. The magic is not in the spoon itself - the simplest porcelain Chinese soup spoon is wonderfully therapeutic - but it is in the hand that wields it. That's where the magic lies.

And this is where some of the Saji specifics come in. As I've treated people with Gua sha for 20 years with a Chinese soup spoon, I developed a sense of what an ideal kind of Gua sha spoon might be.

A Gua sha spoon that...

  • Doesn't slip easily with oily hands
  • Is shaped to effortlessly rest on your palm
  • ​Gives you dependable results over and over
  • ​Looks the part of a professional - it's still a recognisable spoon and not pretending to be anything else - but it has a beauty and elegance that only comes when art and life meet.
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"Inspiration"

(Color of the Glaze)

It's a translucent and luminous glaze that allows the beauty of the underlying ceramic form to shine through, creating a harmonious interplay between color and form. The melow green hue evokes associations with nature, life, and growth.

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Sustainable

⁠Fred in an electric kiln powered by renewable energy sources.

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Handmade

Made by hand, one-by-one, and fired in small-batches. Each piece is one-of-a-kind.

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Techniques

Individual hand-building, and sculpting.

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Materials

Sustainable and environmentally friendly high-fire stoneware clay and lead-free glazes

"Inspiration"

(Color of the Glaze)

It's a translucent and luminous glaze that allows the beauty of the underlying ceramic form to shine through, creating a harmonious interplay between color and form. The melow green hue evokes associations with nature, life, and growth.

doctor-6-icons-3.png

Sustainable

⁠Fred in an electric kiln powered by renewable energy sources.

doctor-6-icons-2.png

Handmade

Made by hand, one-by-one, and fired in small-batches. Each piece is one-of-a-kind.

doctor-6-icons-1.png

Techniques

Individual hand-building, and sculpting.

doctor-6-icons-4.png

Materials

Sustainable and environmentally friendly high-fire stoneware clay and lead-free glazes

About

The Artist

About

The Artist

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About The Artist

Amelia Johannsen

Amelia Johannsen, a versatile artist blending Pacific Northwest influences with the eclectic vibes of Barcelona since 2005, creates distinctive artworks that unite raw textures, organic forms, and coastal hues.

Her multidisciplinary portfolio spans ceramic sculptures, trencadis mosaics, and abstract paintings, showcased in exhibitions, galleries, and international media.

Growing up in Portland, she discovered a profound connection to nature and clay, finding solace in the woods and purpose in the studio amid her parents' absence. These early passions persisted through conventional career pursuits, guiding her through life's challenges, including the loss of her inspiring mother. In the face of adversity, clay and nature remained constant companions, empowering Amelia to uncover new harmonies in both her personal journey and feminist-themed artistic explorations.

“I love to explore the female form—its captivating essence and inherent power. I am also deeply intrigued by the interplay between humanity and the natural world. Through my art, I aspire to convey my optimistic aspirations for the future in a manner that profoundly stirs the spirit of the viewer while resonating with contemporary struggles and perspectives.“

Waves & Curves

I feel most at peace in the presence of water; be it the rhythmic flow of a river, the crashing of ocean waves, or the serene stillness of a quiet lake. There’s something incredibly soothing about natural bodies of water that feels like coming home.

Vitality & Flow

Through my artwork, I have the privilege of sharing my deeply-held ideals and core values with the world. Mindfulness, environmentalism, feminism, and compassion for all beings are at the heart of my creative expression.

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About The Artist

Amelia Johannsen

Amelia Johannsen, a versatile artist blending Pacific Northwest influences with the eclectic vibes of Barcelona since 2005, creates distinctive artworks that unite raw textures, organic forms, and coastal hues.

Her multidisciplinary portfolio spans ceramic sculptures, trencadis mosaics, and abstract paintings, showcased in exhibitions, galleries, and international media.

Growing up in Portland, she discovered a profound connection to nature and clay, finding solace in the woods and purpose in the studio amid her parents' absence. These early passions persisted through conventional career pursuits, guiding her through life's challenges, including the loss of her inspiring mother. In the face of adversity, clay and nature remained constant companions, empowering Amelia to uncover new harmonies in both her personal journey and feminist-themed artistic explorations.

“I love to explore the female form—its captivating essence and inherent power. I am also deeply intrigued by the interplay between humanity and the natural world. Through my art, I aspire to convey my optimistic aspirations for the future in a manner that profoundly stirs the spirit of the viewer while resonating with contemporary struggles and perspectives.“

Waves & Curves

I feel most at peace in the presence of water; be it the rhythmic flow of a river, the crashing of ocean waves, or the serene stillness of a quiet lake. There’s something incredibly soothing about natural bodies of water that feels like coming home.

Vitality & Flow

Through my artwork, I have the privilege of sharing my deeply-held ideals and core values with the world. Mindfulness, environmentalism, feminism, and compassion for all beings are at the heart of my creative expression.