You have probably seen Gua Sha stones being used all across social media platforms marketed as the new “it” facial tool. These sleek stones are now being featured in spas, in the homes of celebrities, and have even graced the pages of Harper’s Bazaar. However, the practice of Gua Sha has been a part of Traditional Chinese Medical Theory for hundreds of years and has a rich history. In fact, the practice of Gua Sha predates acupuncture in the Stone Age.
What Is Gua Sha?
GUA = to scrape or rub
SHA = red, pink, or purple color (petechiae = puh-Tee-kee-ee)
Spread throughout Asia centuries ago, Gua Sha is part of the system of East Asian Medicine, and has deep roots in other parts of the world too. It’s now commonly seen as part of facials. However, it actually began as a full-body treatment by scraping the skin to invigorate blood flow, release toxins, stimulate lymphatic drainage, and activate various points of the body. It also brings helpful cells to the area by stimulating an immune response.
This facial technique is performed using a unidirectional, press-stroking technique to manipulate and activate specific energy lines and points along the face and body. But the key to this treatment for many is lymphatic drainage. Lymphatic drainage stimulates the flow of lymph, a clear fluid that circulates through the body via the lymphatic system. This relieves swelling and improves health. This not only can help move fluid out of your face and body, but it helps your body dispose of toxins and other harmful waste.
Gua Sha Facials
Facial Gua Sha encourages the beneficial flow of blood and other fluids to and from the face. It also stimulates the activation of acupressure points that lift, tone, and reveal a radiant glow from within. Facials that utilize the Gua Sha technique also help to heal and slow the visible signs of aging. It does this by clearing accumulation in the skin and “channel pathways”. Getting rid of this fluid buildup allows a healthy exchange of nutrients and removal of waste that are essential for glowing skin.
Here at Complexions, our Gua Sha Facial uses this ancient practice to give our clients a slimmer face and healthy glow. Your skin will be gently cleansed and exfoliated. Next, you’ll experience a customized massage to renew facial contours, reduce inflammation, redness, dark circles and blemishes. By encouraging the beneficial flow of blood and fluids to and from the face, your skin will be purified, oxygenated and bathed in vital nutrients essential for healthy skin and a vibrant glow. Coupling professional Gua Sha treatments with an at-home Gua Sha maintenance treatment is ideal.