Gua sha comes from the words gua, meaning to scrape or rub, and sha, meaning a reddish rash.
Gua sha comes from the words gua, meaning to scrape or rub, and sha, meaning a reddish rash. It is a therapy that has been in use for over a thousand years in Asia, especially China, with its roots in Chinese medicine.
In gua sha, pressured strokes are applied to the skin with a tool usually made from jade, rose quartz, bian stone or bone. The treatment releases muscle and fascia tension and stimulates circulation. It results in redness on the treated area of skin. The therapy leaves you feeling energized and refreshed, as it also improves qi – the flow of life energy in channels known as meridians.
Gua sha relaxes the nervous system, which in turn releases tension. It is a useful form of treatment for anyone suffering from migraine, headaches, neck and back pain, and stress. Anyone can treat themselves with gua sha at home.
Gua sha is an effective treatment also for the face, immediately bringing spa-like, visible results to your skincare. A facial gua sha shouldn’t result in red marks, although some redness can occur momentarily during treatment.
Effects of a facial gua sha: