Gua Sha: A Massage Technique That Has Amazing Benefits Your Skin!
What is Gua Sha?
You may have just recently heard the term gua sha on social media; however, gua sha has been around for ages. Gua sha, pronounced “gwa sha”, is an ancient massage technique that involves vigorous scraping of the skin using a smooth-shaped tool. The purpose of this therapy is to increase blood circulation, improve lymphatic drainage, break up fascia, and promote healing.
Skin Benefits of Gua Sha Technique?
Gua sha is traditionally performed on the entire body; however it can be done as a facial treatment only. The facial gua sha is of course much less aggressive than the regular full body version, because the skin of your face is obviously more sensitive. The benefits of the facial gua sha though, are just as great!
The scraping motion of the gua sha tool on your face can reduce puffiness. It does so by encouraging blood flow and assisting in the elimination of toxins via the lymphatic system. When these toxins leave your body, and increased blood flow delivers vital nutrients to your skin, your complexion naturally improves.
There are also therapeutic benefits gained from the gua sha practice. It relaxes the muscles of your face and decreases tension. When your muscles loosen up, so do the deep creases of your skin. Wrinkles soften up and your skin appears more youthful and more glowy.
But the benefits don’t stop there! This massage technique also supports collagen and elastin production, which are literally the backbone of your skin!
Gua Sha Facial Technique
The Gua Sha Tool
Gua sha tools are made of crystal gemstones, often rose quartz or jade. These crystals are flat hand carved stones with smooth round edges. This hand held tool is versatile since you can use either the short or long edge that best contours the shape of your face.
Steps for the Gua Sha Facial
- Prep your skin. As with any massage, your skin must first be lubricated. Ensure your skin is cleansed and then apply a facial oil of your choice.
- Use proper form. Angle your gua sha tool so the entire edge of the stone touches your skin. It should lay almost flat against your face.
- Apply the right pressure. Use gentle pressure. The skin of your face is delicate!
- Employ the correct method. Sweep your stone in an upward and outward motion. You’re brushing away from your face. Once the toxins are pushed aside, you can do a big sweep starting from the middle of your forehead along your hairline and down the sides of your face towards your neck and into your lymphatic drainage system.