Gua Sha is a traditional Chinese medical practice that has been around since the 14th century and can be performed on the body and on the face. ‘Gua’ means to scrape and ‘Sha’ means to redden. However in facial Gua Sha our intention is not to redden the face, as such and the treatment on the face is much more gentle than on the body.
What does Gua Sha do?
Promotes healthy lymph flow
Releases tension in the face
Firms & sculpts
Helps ‘iron out’ the fascia ( connective tissue)
Relieves jaw tension
Helps with sinus congestion
Gua Sha Guidance
Start with a cleansed face
Spritz to hydrate the skin
Apply facial oil to the face and neck
Always start with the neck
Work slowly, in long strokes in one direction
Work at a 15 degree angle
Anchor the skin where you start each stroke with the opposite hand.
What tool to use?
There are so many tools on the market, different shapes and stones so it can be confusing. Jade is the more traditional stone with a longer history of use. Rose Quartz is said to be linked to the heart chakra and gives off vibrations that promote love, happiness and emotional health. Both visibly improve the appearance of the skin and reduce puffiness. It is, however, down to personal preference.
Gua Sha Zoom lessons are available to teach you how to use your tool