Gua sha is a technique used in traditional East Asian medicine. It is often used to treat muscle pain and tension, but there has been limited research into how well it works. We find out more about whether gua sha is effective, and if it has any side effects. Gua sha aims to move energy, known as qi or chi, around the body. The treatment involves using a tool to rub the skin in long strokes , applying enough pressure to create minor bruising. Gua sha may help to break down scar tissue and connective tissue, improving movement in the joints.
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Traditionally, tools used in guasha are made of buffalo horns, animal bones, bamboo and porcelain. These days, guasha is done using tools made from rose quartz or jade. Guasha helps increase blood circulation, boost your lymphatic system, ease muscle tension, eliminate chronic pain and unblock stagnant chi. On the body, guasha is done with vigorous back-and-forth motion and leaves bruise-like marks.
However, on the face, guasha is done in a much gentler fashion with a light pressure that leaves no marks. Guasha Your Way to Better Skin. Think of guasha as a workout for your face. Guasha massage energises cells and tissues to enhance skin functions like repair and collagen production.
It can also reduce puffiness, lift and tighten sagging skin, and bring back your natural healthy glow. Results are instant. Aside from giving skin a youthful look, guasha also works to release tight jaw muscles at the same time, and that can help relieve headaches and neck pain. The usual facial skin prep from cleansing, extraction, toning to moisturising is done before guasha begins. The therapist uses two guasha boards to knead along the TCM meridian lines on the whole face for a deeply rejuvenating massage.
Suitable for most skin types, this time-honoured technique promotes deep detoxification to enhance the natural process of toxin removal in the skin, as well as collagen regeneration to firm up skin, and skin renewal to eliminate dull complexions and bring back radiance.
This, in turn, effectively improves blood circulation for enhanced overall skin health. After the guasha procedure, a soothing mask is applied on your face to help calm the skin. Depending on your areas of muscle tension, you may also experience soreness at certain parts of the face.
The results: Skin feels firmer and looks lifted. You may notice your jawline looks more defined too. There is zero downtime for this deeply relaxing treatment as you would not experience any skin redness—except for a natural, beautiful flush on your skin. The minute facial is also suitable for those who are acne-prone as guasha reportedly reduces the size, severity and length of time pimples exist. However, guasha may not be suitable for inflamed skin suffering from sunburn, rosacea or rashes.
Say Goodbye to Dull Skin with Guasha Therapy
Sleek, smooth, and often created from vanity-worthy gemstones, the lymph-flushing skin care darling has an impressive past. A tool as beautiful as it will make you feel. Practitioners believe that stagnant qi is a possible root of inflammation—a. These days, beauty and wellness brands place special importance on the stones—often jade or rose quartz—that Gua Sha tools are crafted from. Vassanelli also draws a comparison between Gua Sha and acupuncture. For many skin care fans, their first glimpse at the tool is through a website or video tutorial.
Understanding Gua Sha: Benefits and Side Effects
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