Gua sha is a new trend in the HEALTH AND SKINCARE INDUSTRY, not only for body treatments but also used in facial treatments to add a holistic twist to the conventional facial massage.
What is Gua sha?
Gua sha is a type of traditional Chinese medicine practice in which a tool is used to scrape the surface of the skin. Gua sha aims to move energy, known as qi or chi, around the body. The name gua sha — pronounced “gwahshah” may also be called skin scraping, spooning, or coining.
Stimulates blood circulation, helps produce collagen by stimulating fibroblast activity, softens fine lines and wrinkles, decreases puffiness, decreases inflammation, diminishes dark circles, temporarily tightens skin, brightens complexion, sculpts facial muscles, encourages cell regeneration and healing, releases tightness, and increases lymphatic drainage.
Gua sha tools are created with materials that are seen to have an energy that will support healing, these materials include bian stone, jade, amethyst and rose quartz. Stainless steel tools can also be used for hygienic practices.
The therapist will apply oil/serum to the area that is being treated, which allows the therapist to move the tool across the skin more smoothly.
Gentle, light, scrapping and gliding movements are done towards the main lymph nodes of the body. When working on the face avoid applying deep pressure as you would for a body gua sha treatment.
If the pressure is done too hard, bruising or petechiae (a small red or purple spot caused by bleeding into the skin) may occur. This will heal within a day or two.
How often can Gua sha be performed on the skin?
Gua sha may be performed with your monthly facial, or you can purchase a toll to do it in the comfort of your own home. You should start with once a week and gradually increase to every day. It only takes 5 minutes, and your skin will thank you!