We could write entire books about the magic of the Gua Sha's, but to say it in short: A Facial Gua Sha is an ancient scraping massage tool developed by Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). There are lots of different tools out there, each with a unique shape, for different body parts and made out of different types of crystals such as jade or rose quartz.
What is it used for & the benefits
A facial Gua sha is used for toning, smoothing out, lifting, but also for detoxifying and facilitating lymphatic drainage into the neck and bringing fresh blood and nutrients to the areas of the skin that may have been starved because of blockage. By scraping and stroking your face you will awaken the meridian lines and activate your body's natural healing abilities, which will help you to relieve pain and tension. It is also known as an anti-aging tool and tones the face muscles, instantly lifts the skin, reliefs headaches (relaxes the muscles that usually create headaches) and helps the skin recover from scars.
How to use
Start by cleaning your face properly, you don't wanna massage dirt into the skin. Most people use a gua sha upon awakening or after a shower/bath.
Always start at the neck and jaw first and work your way up, so that you open up the lymphatic drainage at the lowest point. In this way when you get to 'scrape' the rest of your face, the fluid and toxins have somewhere to drain into like a funnel. Scrape towards the outer edges of the face, down towards the heart-area. When you are doing that the lymph drains properly into the nodes above your collarbone.
Applying too much pressure will make your skin look very red, so be gentle, but not too gentle, because you really want that 'scraping effect'. Your gua sha should be angled at about 15-20° which is almost flat, but also enough to feel the gentle pull the gua sha gives you and contributes to the lifting effect.
Still not sure how to use it? There are loads of tutorials online and on youtube, but this one is by far my favorite.
(usually) Safe for children
Gua Sha's are safe to use on children and you don't have to be a professional to use it. However, you have to read and inform yourself on the exact places to massage and how-to. You can use the facial gua sha on the back of your kid after they had a long day or even if they have a fever or a cough/cold.
The 'scraping method' of the gua sha will increase blood flow and stimulate and regulate the immune system, moving stagnant energy and relieving muscle pain and tension. So it's great to give your child a gua sha-massage after a long day of school or a sports-event. In this way, they can relax and get a health-boost at the same time.
Instead of using the Gua Sha on the face, try massaging your child on the back, lower back, legs and even on the hands, as the meridians on our hands are connected to the organs!
All children are different and react differently to certain health-methods. When in doubt of using a gua sha on your child always seek the advice of your medical health provider.
- Material: 100% rose quartz - Made in the USA - Size: 8cm*5cm - Weight: 65 grams
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