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What is Gua Sha?

Gua Sha massage is an ancient Chinese wellness practice dating back to the 14th Century, Ming Dynasty. The term “Gua Sha” means “to scrape disease or illness”. This self care massage technique involves scraping the surface of the skin to break up stagnant “chi” (energy) in the body by relieving muscle tension, flushing out toxins, and reducing inflammation. Typically, the massage stone, commonly referred to as a Gua Sha, is made from Black Obsidian (Bian) or natural jade stone.

 

Although Gua Sha massage was once used primarily as a body care treatment, it has since been adapted for facial massaging therapies. Widely recognised by beauty experts as a natural and effective facial lifting technique, gua sha facial massage involves gliding a stone using firm but gentle pressure over the surface of the skin. This motion increases blood flow to the skin and tissues, whilst sculpting the face by removing excess toxins and fluids via lymphatic drainage. The skin appears invigorated and lifted due to an increase in blood circulation, and facial muscles appear sculpted and relaxed.

Benefits of Gua Sha

You can expect to see immediate and cumulative results from incorporating facial Gua Sha massage into your beauty routine. After performing a Gua Sha massage, you can see an immediate reduction in puffiness, resulting in a sculpted jawline and cheekbones. The delivery of nutrient-rich blood and the removal of stagnant fluids via lymphatic drainage gives the skin a lifted and glowing appearance.

 

With time, regular at-home facial massage can help soften lines and wrinkles caused by habitual expression, and reduce pain caused by TMJ disorder and teeth grinding (bruxism).

 

Using the massage tool on the body can help release tension in the neck and shoulders, and pain caused by tight muscles in the back and legs. Regular use of  massage using a Gua Sha tool can help to smooth out bound-up fascia which in turn can help to reduce the appearance of cellulite and promote firmer-looking skin.

History of Gua Sha

Originating during the 14th Century Ming Dynasty, gua sha massage has been used for generations to relieve muscle tension, reduce inflammation, and detox the body through lymphatic drainage. As an integral practice used in both clinical Chinese Medicine and traditional at-home therapies, this scraping massage is performed by using firm pressure to glide jade stone in long strokes across the skin’s surface.

 

It is believed that Gua Sha was originally developed as a body treatment to address ailments arising from congestion, stagnation, and blockages. It was later adapted for use in facial therapies as a gentler gliding technique, perfect for improving lymphatic drainage and promoting healing.

 

Gua Sha has sine become a cornerstone of traditional Chinese medicine, with key milestones such as its appearance in the Shan Han Lun text from 220 CE and its incorporation with acupuncture and herbal therapies.

 

Practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine believe that Gua Sha can break up stagnant Qi and reduce inflammation to promote healing, making it an effective tool for treating a wide range of conditions.

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Common Uses for Gua Sha

Gua Sha massage technique can be used on different areas of the face and body, making it ideal for addressing tight muscles in the neck, shoulders, and legs.

 

Gua Sha massage also has many beauty benefits and with regular use, you can soften fine lines and wrinkles, reduce puffiness and detoxify the skin by stimulating lymphatic drainage. With consistent facial massage you can expect to see sculpted cheekbones and lifted jawline.

 

Over time, you can relieve tension and jaw pain associated with teeth grinding and TMJ and increase collagen production by stimulating blood flow the skin.

Types of Tools Used for Gua Sha

Our skincare tools designed to get the most out of your beauty routine.

There are many Gua Sha massagers and facial tools on the market, however, not all are capable of an effective massage or delivering visible results.

 

We have designed our easy-to-hold sculpting tools to hug the contours of the face and body to deliver an effective massage. Our multi-sided Gua Sha tools provide multiple fit options, allowing you to work on both small and large areas of the face and body. 

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At Gua Sha Shop, our Facial Roller and Gua Sha Stones are crafted from high-grade, stainless steel and natural stones known for their antimicrobial and healing properties.  

 

Obsidian (Bian) Stone: Known for its healing properties, Obsididian stone is believed to promote blood circulation, reduce inflammation, and relieve pain. 

 

Nephrite Jade: Nephrite Jade is known to calm the nervous system, improve blood circulation, and boost lymphatic drainage. 

 

Rose Quartz: Rose quartz is a popular natural stone It's believed to promote relaxation, reduce stress, and improve skin elasticity. Rose quartz gua sha tools are perfect for reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

 

Stainless Steel: Stainless steel gua shas are popular because they're durable, easy to use, and easy to clean. They're perfect for deep tissue massage and breaking up stagnation.
 

Facial Massage Tool

Like Gua Sha massage, facial rollers have a deep history rooted in traditional Chinese medicine. Dating back to the 7th Century Qing Dynasty, facial rollers were predominantly made from natural jade, known for their cooling and skin healing properties. Once a beauty ritual reserved for royalty, facial rolling has recently gained popularity as a technique used to help boost circulation, smooth fine lines, and assist with lymphatic drainage, resulting in the appearance of glowing skin.

 

The ancient ritual of facial rolling is carried out by placing gentle pressure on the skin by using a rolling upward and outward motion. This relaxing facial massage technique detoxifies the skin by placing gentle pressure on the lymphatic system, de-puffing the under-eye area, and delivering nutrient-rich blood to the skin.

 

Whilst there are immediate face-sculpting benefits with using a facial roller, with daily use you may see a reduction in fine lines, relaxed facial muscles, and an increase in collagen production due to improved blood circulation; resulting in overall brighter, firmer-looking skin.

 

Our Facial Massage Tools are perfect for treating a variety of skin concerns whilst promoting relaxation and a sense of well being. Our Facial Rollers can assist with lymphatic drainage to reduce facial puffiness and promote collagen production by improving blood circulation.

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Facial rolling is known as a simple and relaxing way to incorporate the benefits of facial massage into your skincare routine. Unlike gua sha massage which uses a firm pressure to release tension and blockages, facial rolling uses light pressured strokes to help move stagnant fluid and reduce puffiness. This relaxing practice is performed by applying the facial roller to the face using gentle upward and outward strokes. Using a jade roller with facial oils not only helps with product absorption but also helps move excess fluids through the lymph system, resulting in the appearance of energised, glowing skin.

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Technique of Applying Gua Sha

Using a Gua Sha tool requires basic knowledge of the right technique to make the process effective. Common scraping areas include the neck, shoulders, back, and legs, while facial gua sha focuses on specific areas of the face like the brow bone or cheeks. 

 

 Always start your massage on clean, well moisturised skin - prepare by washing the area and applying a massage oil. Remember to use only gentle and light pressure to prevent skin damage. Next, hold the gua sha tool at a flat angle to your skin and stroke it in an upward and outward motion across the area of treatment - repeat each stroke five to ten times. Repeat this process until you have completed the entire surface.

 

For optimal results we recommend performing Gua Sha massage a minimum of three times per week but it is safe to use daily. With consistent treatment, you will notice an improvement in skin texture, facial posture and a reduction in facial puffiness.

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