Gua Sha - Natural wood skin tool
Gua Sha is a practice of scraping the skin to improve circulation and move lymph. Translated, gua means press or stroke, and sha refers to a rash or redness though a lighter touch is used on the face. This is THE at home tool for firmer, glowing skin. Practiced for centuries this ancient modality is seeing a resurgence in popularity as many folks are discovering its benefits.
Gua Sha treatment massages the skin, moves energy, blood and lymph. It increases circulation, by up to 400 percent, which moves out stagnation and toxins and brings in nutrients and oxygen. Your skin will immediately be more supple and rejuvenated. You are also creating a controlled trauma (the skin redness) which the skin starts to repair with collagen.
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How to Use:
1. You can use a gua sha on the face, body and scalp, and it’s best to use with water or an oil – but never on bare skin.
2. Hold the gua sha tool with the curved side to your face and glide it gently up and out, starting with the neck, jawline, chin and around the mouth, between three and five times per area. Always take short strokes in just one direction, not back and forth.
3. Next, press the tool flat to the skin, under the eyes or over any redness, to soothe and de-puff.
4. Work the tool in small horizontal strokes over the brow bone to lift, or hold and press upwards between the brows to release tension.
5. Stroke down the neck, never upwards, to drain fluid.
6. If you want to reduce puffiness, work lightly, then more firmly, to relax muscles
These gorgeous wooden gua sha tools are crafted by a local artist. Made of walnut, birch and cherry, these are the perfect addition to any lymphatic massage routine. Two sizes are available for facial (smaller size) or full body (larger size) gua sha.
This is the perfect tool to use with my "Rivers" lymphatic massage oil. This seasonally available oil is infused with Ocotillo, a plant with an affinity for the lymph system and an ally for moving stagnation.