The Gua Sha technique has been in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries and was originally designed to treat heatstroke and seasonal illness. In addition, this ancient method is believed to improve blood circulation and make the skin look healthy and radiant. In fact, there is nothing supernova and innovative in this technique, but recently Gua Sha has been gaining incredible popularity in America and Europe as a means of skin rejuvenation and muscle relaxation.
Gua Sha practitioners believe this skincare technique is more than just a fashionable but passing trend, and deserves to be popularized for its many benefits.
What is Gua Sha?
If you delve into the intricacies of translation, then “gua” is translated as “scraping”, and “sha” means sand or small pebbles. But don’t let the name scare you: body massage with a special tool can leave small bruises and redness of the skin, but Gua-Sha on the face is a very soft and painless procedure.
During the massage, a contouring instrument (previously made from animal bone or a tablespoon) is used to gently scrub the skin with short or long strokes. With these manipulations, you disperse stagnant chi energy, which can cause inflammation in the body, and also improve blood circulation and health.
Gua Sha: health benefits
This massage is believed to relieve pain in the body, such as joint and muscle pain. Gua Sha can improve microcirculation in diseased areas by increasing blood flow to those parts of the body or to the skin.
It works on the lymphatic system to help move excess fluid from the tissues to the lymph nodes. Blood flow and lymph work in tandem, and if their “cooperation” is broken, then the organs and the immune system suffer.
Gua Sha for the body
While the Gua Sha for the body is performed more severely, up to red spots and bruises, then the Gua Sha for the face is a gentle massage to smooth the skin, relax the muscles of the face and improve blood circulation in the head, face and neck. This procedure improves skin elasticity, eliminates edema, smoothes wrinkles and relieves muscle tension.
Gua Sha for face
Gua Sha for the face is performed with very light pressure, which makes this technique a safe and painless massage. However, if you have facial implants, fillers, or have received beauty injections, then you first need to consult a specialist to prevent any possible injury.
How to use the Gua Sha tool to massage your face
Gua Sha for face lifting and modeling is recommended to be done three times a week – best in the evening before going to bed.
First, apply a serum with moisturizing and anti-aging properties to the skin, and then massage your face with a special scraper or a Gua-Sha plate made of natural stone (jade, rose quartz) with soft and light movements. Start at the neck and work from the middle to the outside and up to the jaw, under the eyes, the browbone, and finally to the forehead.
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