Understanding Gua Sha
This Is Why You Should Gua Sha
How does Gua Sha work?
Gua sha is supposed to heal stagnant energy, called chi, in the face or body that practitioners believe may be responsible for inflammation. Inflammation is the underlying cause of several conditions associated with chronic pain. Rubbing the surface of the skin is thought to help break up this energy, reduce inflammation, and promote healing.
In gua sha, if done professionally, a technician scrapes your skin with short or long strokes to stimulate microcirculation of the soft tissue. This increases blood flow. They make these strokes with a smooth-edged instrument known as a gua massage tool. The technician applies massage oil to your skin, and repeatedly uses the tool to scrape your skin in a downward motion. A gentler version of this can be used on the face as a facial technique.
The Benefits of Gua Sha
Gua Sha may reduce inflammation. Because of this it is often used to treat ailments that cause chronic pain, like arthritis and fibromyalgia. For your face, gua sha has seen to promote blood circulation, iprove fine lines and wrinkles, promote lymphatic drainage, and also relieve tension from your muscles. In contrary to what you may have learned on TikTok, gua sha cannot enhance a user's jawline. Instead, gua sha works by engaging tissue to eliminate fluid build-up in the lymph nodes, which gives the look of a more contoured face. It does not actually permanently remove fat from the certain areas.
Are there side effects from the Gua Sha?
Gua sha is a natural healing remedy and it is safe. It is not meant to be painful, but it effects everyone differently and may change the appearance of your skin. Because it involves rubbing or scraping skin with a massage tool, tiny blood vessels known as capillaries near the surface of your skin can burst. This can result in skin bruising, which usually disappears in a couple of days. If you are going to gua sha make sure you do it properly, which involves research! This is meant to ameliorate the appearance of your skin, not damage it!