Gua Sha Tools
Gua Sha has become very popular in the wellness industry in recent years but it is in fact nothing new and has been used in traditional Chinese Medicine for years.
It is a natural alternative therapy that involves scraping the skin with a massage tool. The strokes on the skin stimulate microcirculation of the soft tissue which increases blood flow.
Gua Sha is used to address stagnant energy called chi in the body that many believe may be responsible for inflammation. Rubbing the skins surface is thought to help break up the energy reducing inflammation and to promote healing.
Gua Sha’s and other tools such as facial rollers are made out of all sorts of crystals that are used on the face and body. On the face they can sculpt, lift and firm helping to reduce puffiness, diminish dark circles, minimise lines, help with lymphatic drainage and release tension. On the body they can help tone fatty areas, decrease the appearance of cellulite, they can help with water retention and with many sitting at a desk for long periods they can bring relief to stiff necks and sore backs - they are such a powerful tool.
The tools need to be used correctly to achieve the desired results. It is really important to use an oil to make sure that you get the right glide both on the face and body. You don’t need lashings of oil but enough not to drag the skin. Many stones come with instructions on how to use them but I always advise contacting a professional who has trained in this area. The routine doesn’t need to take long. 3-5 minutes is all that it takes and in the long term and when used regularly you really will see and feel a difference. I promise! Start with daily use then after a week ensure that you carry out the routine 2-3 times a week. Regular use supports the lymphatic system keeping the skin healthy whilst also improving collagen production and elasticity. It makes a lovely relaxing routine which you can perform morning or evening. Add some facial massage too for an extra added glow.
There are many different crystals that are used. The most popular and known to many are Rose Quartz and Jade:
Rose Quartz is the stone of love. It carries a gentle and nurturing energy. It is believed to be mood lifting and protective. It is a stone that is connected to the heart chakra releasing deep seated emotions. It encourages self love, self forgiveness and acceptance. It is soothing and calming for sensitive skin. It increases circulation and with the right pressure can also reduce puffiness.
Jade can help with hyper pigmentation and increase blood circulation. It can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Jade is sometimes referred to as the lucky stone bringing happiness. It can boost the nervous system and immune system and help with hormonal balance. It is very effective for releasing toxins. A stone that eases the mind and brings harmony and peace.
I have two favourites right now. Green Moss Agate which can give you a boost of energy and stimulate new beginnings, a beautiful Gua Sha and Sodalite which brings calmness and order to the mind. It can help with insomnia. I use it in the form of a facial roller in the evening.
Crystals will last you a lifetime if they are taken care of properly. Clean them with a mild soap with warm water. You can also energetically clean your crystals by running them under cold water and then submerge them with a pinch of sea salt. Bathe crystals under a full moon each month for twenty four hours which helps to recharge their energy. The only time you’d need to replace your precious tool is if you sadly drop it!