In the vibrant cityscape of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, an inspiring trailblazer emerged in the realm of holistic beauty – Bilguun Enkhbaatar. Possessing a diverse educational background and a fervent passion for anti-aging, Bilguun has charted a unique course in the beauty and wellness industry.
Bilguun’s educational odyssey commenced with a Bachelor’s degree in Food Technology in 2008, delving into the science behind nutrition. Eager to broaden her horizons, she pursued a Master’s degree in Nutrition in 2013, further refining her expertise in the intricate relationship between food and health.
Not content with confining her knowledge to nutrition alone, Bilguun ventured into the realm of finance and economics. In 2016, she graduated from the University of Finance and Economics with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, showcasing her versatility and determination to understand various facets of business.
The pivotal moment in Bilguun’s career occurred in 2018 when, driven by a desire to explore preventative measures against aging, she founded Mongolia’s first facial therapeutic massage center – the “Goo Guasha Holistic Beauty Salon.” Now in its 5th year of operation, the salon stands as a testament to Bilguun’s commitment to holistic wellness.
To enhance her skills and stay at the forefront of the industry, Bilguun pursued courses internationally. Notable among them are certifications from the International Academy of Oriental Health in Singapore, where she explored the intricacies of “Healthy Skin Gua Sha Management” and learned about “Health Care Meridian Facial – Qi and Acupressure Training.”
Her quest for knowledge took her to South Korea, where she mastered the art of “Korean Lymphatic plus Gua Sha Detoxification Management” and imbibed the expertise of Ryu Bae, a renowned Korean non-surgical rejuvenator. In the United Arab Emirates, Bilguun dived into the “Dermaplaning – Skin Scraping” technique at the International Academy of Beauty.
Her journey continued in the United Kingdom, where she explored “Korean Skin Management” through a comprehensive course offered by the Asian Cosmetology Association. Bilguun also delved into the intricacies of “Golki Korean Small Face Massage,” perfecting the art of facial bone and shape correction.
Not just limited to massage techniques, Bilguun broadened her expertise with a course in “Beauty Cosmetics Product Making” in Singapore. This holistic approach aligns with her vision of offering comprehensive wellness solutions to her clients.
Bilguun Enkhbaatar’s story is one of continuous learning, innovation, and a dedication to holistic beauty. Through Goo Guasha Holistic Beauty Salon, she not only offers rejuvenating therapies but also shares her wealth of knowledge to empower individuals on their journey to well-being. As she plans to delve deeper into the field, Bilguun is poised to leave an indelible mark on the beauty and wellness landscape as a woman of substance and inspiration.
StarCentral Magazine recently had the opportunity to connect with Bilguun, delving into her captivating journey within the industry. Here’s an insightful glimpse into our conversation:
What does your work entail?
My profession is truly amazing. Every time I engage in my work, I experience a lot of excitement. I slow human aging, making people look younger without any apparatus, injections, or surgery, and the wonderful massages I administer are designed to eliminate skin laxity, sagging, wrinkles, and swelling while sculpting the facial shape. Currently, this method, which mainly affects the face and rejuvenates the body, has new techniques that are not yet known in the world. Speaking about this massage it effectively removes blockages and adhesions from the body, expels toxins, lifts and tightens facial skin, enhances brightness, facilitates intensive rejuvenation, and promotes skin firmness without touching the face at all. In addition, we offer online training in rejuvenating massage techniques for those eager to learn self-massage. Specialized training is also available for individuals aspiring to pursue a career in professional facial therapeutic massage.
How did you get started your business?
Venturing into business has undoubtedly become a realization of my childhood dreams. Ever since I was young, I have been interested in beauty and makeup, thinking about how to make people beautiful. I studied makeup for a while and started looking for things that make people beautiful without makeup. That’s what laid the foundation for my current profession and has shaped my identity. At first, I started offering Holographic Gua Sha and beginner’s Gua Sha massages in a modest 13-square-meter space. At that time, I had no money; I only had a passion for making others beautiful. I saved my earnings to pursue advanced courses in traditional Oriental massage, spanning China, Singapore, and South Korea. Everyone who came to get my service wanted to become beautiful and solve their problems. As people with various problems and body changes due to normal aging and bad lifestyle habits came to get service, I wanted to keep learning and helping people, which increased my motivation to learn more.
What do you like about being a Gua sha Holistic specialist?
I want people to be healthy. A healthy person looks beautiful by nature. Many people undergo surgery to look beautiful and younger, get Botox, fillers, face-lifting wires, and inject unknown drugs. They do not know the content and how it will affect them. I find it very difficult because I can make a person look younger without any surgery, injections, apparatus, or Botox fillers. People do not realize that aging and sagging of skin are caused by blockages and pollution in the body. The problem affects the face, and because of this, the skin is sagging, darkening, wrinkling, swelling, and the shape of the face is lost. Our appearance is typically determined by the amount of pollution in our bodies. It is quite possible that the problems that arise on the skin can be 70-90% effectively solved within the first 3-5 sessions of massage. These massages begin to show results from the first input. Facelifts can be made by people of all ages, men and women aged 8-80 years. When your body is healthy and toxins are removed, you will start to look 5-10 years younger than you are now.
What is most challenging about what you do?
The difficult thing in my line of work is that people choose surgery and think they will become beautiful quickly, lift the skin, and get rid of wrinkles without researching and considering the final results and side effects on their bodies. About 60% of the people who come to the salon and receive services have damaged their skin by undergoing cosmetic surgery or some injection. It is difficult to restore dead skin damaged by bone, scar, or injection because it becomes very fragile. But we have a lot of experience because we have regenerated the skin of numerous individuals. Skin problems can be solved entirely with 70-90% results in the first 3-5 sessions of massage only, so try the massage method first before choosing the surgical method – I am completely sure that you will like the result.
What do you think is the appeal of Gua sha Holistic specialties compared to other specialists in general beauty salons?
My techniques include various tools and stones, as well as manual massages. With these massages, slowing down and stopping aging is possible. From the day you start doing it, rejuvenation takes place intensively, the body becomes healthier, and toxins begin to be expelled from the body.
Clients and students love it because your skin improves the day after the massage. My massages are distinguished by the combination of many techniques admired worldwide for healing, rehabilitating, and rejuvenating the body. We mainly use traditional treatment techniques to distinguish us from other beauty salons. And we’re always learning new and sophisticated techniques. Because people entrust me with their beauty, they trust me and spend their time and money; that’s why I believe I should provide effective and wonderful massages that show results immediately.
What does it take to be successful and happy in your specialty?
Every time my clients and students come to me and see their results quickly, they leave feeling satisfied and confident, which makes me happy and excited.
In the future, I need to dedicate more time to studying as my work plays a crucial role in promoting beauty and health. Additionally, there are plans to introduce this innovative technique not only in Mongolia but also on a global scale.
What would be your most memorable moment as a Gua Sha holistic specialist if you were to retire tomorrow?
What an interesting question. I never thought about it. I think that the most memorable moments of my work are all those moments when people were happy and surprised when they saw the change and the days when I was trying to learn. But I will not retire because what I do will have more power in the world in the future. Maybe I will even become an international trainer. I’m very curious and can’t sit still, so I’ll probably keep doing new things in this field.
How has your specialty changed recently, and where do you see it going in the future?
Globally, individuals seek to maintain their youthful appearance naturally and healthily, steering clear of surgical interventions.
Globally, individuals seek to maintain their youthful appearance naturally and healthily, steering clear of surgical interventions. Aware of the potential harm and skin irritation caused by cosmetic surgery injections and devices, the need for repetitive procedures becomes evident. Despite the swift advancements in plastic surgery, numerous drawbacks persist. With the option to achieve youthfulness and beauty through massage alone, the question arises: Why resort to cutting the skin and introducing external substances? Now, 60% of our customers in the salon are people who want to beautify themselves without surgery, and the remaining 40% are people who have undergone facial surgery. These people often go and get service repeatedly because putting foreign objects and making incisions on the face inhibits blood circulation in the face and prevents regeneration. Then aging happens very quickly, and the face starts to look artificial.
Because my massage techniques bring out the natural beauty that perfectly suits the skin that has been operated on, people who have undergone facial surgery are very interested in our massage.
What advice would you give to other businesswomen around the world?
During my tenure in this field, I’ve come to realize that the essence of this profession extends beyond mere financial gains, a truth I’ve observed repeatedly from the individuals I’ve encountered and collaborated with. Those who genuinely aspire to enhance people’s beauty are the ones who excel in this profession and achieve flawless results. After the massage, I establish a direct connection with the individual’s energy, resulting in a sense of lightness in the body and a revitalization of their energy. This creates a potent exchange of energy in the process. People do not always know this, so they enter this industry thinking they will make a lot of money, but most get discouraged. Therefore, the decision-making process should be approached with careful consideration rather than mere excitement. I firmly believe that true success is given upon those who wholeheartedly pursue what they love.
Can you share the inspiration behind founding “Goo Guasha Holistic Beauty Salon”? What motivated you to establish Mongolia’s first facial therapeutic massage center?
I was a girl who loved to make other people beautiful. When I was studying postgraduate training, I attended a make-up training course at the same time. Furthermore, when I was working, I thought there was a way to make people’s faces look younger by massaging them instead of using makeup or by some natural methods to remove wrinkles and lift the skin. After learning that massage removes wrinkles, tightens, and rejuvenates the skin, I began to study Gua sha intensively.
When performing Gua sha massages on people, the effectiveness is apparent, but of course, in order to get quick results, I had to study many techniques and then combine those techniques to come up with another mixed technique. My techniques are highly effective, so people love to get the Gua sha massage by my technique.
Your educational background is quite diverse, ranging from Food Technology and Nutrition to Accounting. How do these fields contribute to your holistic beauty and wellness approach?
After graduating from high school, I wanted to go to China to study as a makeup artist at the Chinese Film Academy, but my parents didn’t allow me. So, I was admitted to the School of Food Technology at the Mongolian University of Science and Technology. I was very interested in nutrition during my studies, so after completing my undergraduate program, I completed my master’s degree in nutrition. But now, when I look at it, all the paths I have taken are connected to each other. Accounting is very convenient because it is necessary for everyone doing business.
What challenges did you face in the initial years of operating your salon, and how did you overcome them?
Because my hobby has turned into my job, I have no problem at the work. It is nice for me because I get a lot of fun and enjoyment from my work. Everyone who visits our salon makes my childhood dreams come true.
You’ve pursued several international courses in places like Singapore, South Korea, the UAE, and the UK. How have these experiences influenced the services you offer at your salon?
Yes, of course. Our customers are very satisfied because we consistently improve our knowledge in the professional field and show good therapeutic effects. As the technique continues to improve, the number of required massages will decrease, the effects will be better and faster, and the effects will last longer.
There are high therapeutic effects because I use many facial massage techniques from many different countries, which I studied and combined based on the issues the Mongolians face.
Can you tell us more about the unique techniques you’ve learned, such as “Korean Lymphatic plus Gua Sha Detoxification” and “Golki Korean Small Face Massage”? How do these techniques set your salon apart?
At first, I only did Holographic Gua sha, called elementary Gua sha. In addition to this, I also do lifting Gua sha, Meridian Gua sha, Buccal Gua sha, and our salon also performs facial bone rebuilding massages, which is a combination of Japanese and Korean techniques. Bone lifting massage is a technique to lift the sagged facial bone. The Asian people have round faces and prominent cheekbones. Therefore, this massage lifts the bones to make the face smaller. Also, this massage stimulates tissue regeneration and starts to rejuvenate by itself. Moreover, I do a cup massage. It is the best way to remove body impurities. Adhesions occur in the body due to stress, fatigue, lack of sleep, blood clots, muscle stiffness, and poor lymph flow. Adhesion easily makes people age and intoxicate. By removing the adhesion by massage, the body and face begin to rejuvenate very quickly, which are obtained from the first application, and the people who get the massage immediately experience positive changes, for example, improved sleep, calm nerves, brain rest, decreased edema and weight loss and several skin changes such as tightening occur at the same time.
Your salon has been operating for five years now. How have you seen the beauty and wellness industry evolve during this time, and how have you adapted to these changes?
In my opinion, a healthy individual has beautiful skin, hair, eyes, lips, etc. Nowadays, everyone is more interested in a healthy lifestyle, so many people come to our salon who want to beautify themselves healthily and naturally. Until recently, everyone was interested in Botox filter injection or surgery, but now we see that everyone is returning to everything natural. Because no one knows how injections, fillers, and Botox will react to our bodies, we all see how these people change; we don’t know how it affects our brains. We see from many examples that the more you put things on your face, the worse your skin gets. But our massage, on the contrary, removes toxins from the body, removes body adhesions, and opens blockages, so the more you do it, the healthier and more beautiful you become.
Another significant thing is that people who have undergone Botox filter injection or surgery on their face should enter more often than those who have not because there will be incisions in the body, and foreign bodies will become more sticky, produce swelling, and blood clots.
Also, having a full course massage before facial surgery protects against post-surgery risks, but in most cases, people who have had a course massage no longer need surgery, so most people postpone the surgery.
What advice do you have for aspiring entrepreneurs, especially those looking to venture into the beauty and wellness sector?
I also learn from foreign countries that provide professional training for people willing to work in this field. With sincerity and desire, everything is possible. There is a lot to learn as a therapeutic massage practitioner, but I would say that the techniques I have come up with are the best because they combine many techniques. This therapeutic massage is performed regardless of age and covers a wide range of people.
Can you share a success story or a particularly memorable experience with a client that highlights the positive impact of your services?
Our massage shows results from the first time. That’s because there are so many great techniques involved. We have been doing it for many people for five years, and all our customers are highly satisfied.
Also, we provide professional training to many people willing to work in this field. Our students are very successful in Mongolia and abroad. I see this as our success.
As someone dedicated to preventing aging and promoting well-being, what are your future plans for Goo Guasha Holistic Beauty Salon, and how do you envision contributing to the industry in the years to come?
I want to bring this wonderful massage technique to as many people as possible – not only in Mongolia but even worldwide. If I can reach out to as many people as possible, everyone in the world can be healthy and young.