Gua sha is a practice that comes from traditional Chinese medicine. The technique uses a small stone, in order to increase blood flow, promote lymphatic drainage, and free the Qi in stagnant areas of the body.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, "Qi" is the term used to refer to the vital life energy in the body. When this Qi becomes stagnant, we see physical dis-ease manifest in the body. Gua sha is a self-massage technique, used to free the Qi and promote healing in smaller, more local parts of the body. Studies have shown that some areas that were treated with gua sha improved blood circulation increase 400 % after treatment.
Because gua sha stimulate lymphatic drainage, it is an essential practice in an integrative or holistic approach to detoxification. The lymphatic system is one of our major detox pathways, and is a common system to become stagnant, or lack in optimal function. This is due to the fact that the lymphatic system, unlike the circulatory system, does not have a pump to regulate the movement and release of the toxins that move through and out of the system. At times, our lymphatic system needs just a bit of help to move those toxins along.
The "glands" that are in our neck, which commonly become inflammed or sore when we are fighting infection, are actually lymph nodes. Being that these lymph nodes are so close to the face, using the gua sha on the face can actually be extremely beneficial for the overall health of the function of the lymphatic system.
Commonly, Gua sha is used on the face, as well as smaller areas of the body, primarily for the healing of scars. By freeing the blood, qi, and lymph in the facial area, gua sha promotes healthy sinus drainage, increased oxygen and blood flow, scrapes the oold skin cells off the top layer of the skin, and promotes healthy cell turnover. What does this equal? A clearer head space and BEAUTIFUL skin!
Gua sha on the face is extremely simple to master. The technique used simply strokes the gua sha from the center of the facial structure, and moved outwards, towards the ears, cheekbones, and jawline, using gentle pressure. Repeat the strokes 4-6 times.
I LOVE my gua sha, and use it about twice a week. I've noticed a significant improvement in my skin and drainage since beginning to use a gua sha. I got mine from the link below: