Gua Sha applied on facial acupressure points
English translation of this word would mean ‘Gua Sha’, It means “Scratch” & “Sand”, Here, Scratch refers to ‘Stroke’ or ‘Press’ & The sand refers to the raised redness of the skin rather than the actual sand. The Gua Sha is a flat tool made from semi-precious stone to massage the face.
Even though Gua Sha has recently gained internet fame. It’s older than you think, The modern-day face- scrapping technique is actually based upon the traditional Chinese technique known as ‘Gua Sha’.
According to traditional practitioners, the redness gained through scrapping encourages our skin to heal but that was the traditional method nowadays Practice of Gua Sha is less intense but is equally effective.
Before you start massaging, Make sure to wash your Gua Sha tool so it’s clean. Wash/cleanse your face and apply oil, serum, or moisturizer of your choice. Make sure your skin is slippery otherwise use of the Gua Sha tool might irritate the skin.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) there are different points that when applied acupressure can relief benefits. The following two points are located in the face and can be massage through Gua Sha.
Gua Sha and GV26 facial point
GV-26 point is located between the upper lip and nose, It’s about one-third of the way down from the bottom of the nose. GV26 is also known as “Shin Gou”, and due to its effectiveness in restoring one’s consciousness and mental after a person has fainted, it is also used as a first-aid revival point. Practitioners regularly recommend GV26 as a point to apply pressure on for a minute. It will help you with mental awareness and physical energy.
Gua sha and Yintang facial point
Point Yintang is located between the eyebrows it is also known as The Third Eye. The Yintang point is in acupressure massage to calm the mind. Practitioners recommend this massage on this point for people suffering from anxiety, insomnia & overthinking. Massaging on this point with the Gua Sha precision tool can help calm your mind and Improve your sleep.
Other benefits of using Gua Sha
- Migraines – A study conducted with 14-day inpatient treatment showed that Gua Sha helped in easing the migraine pain but experts say further research needs to be conducted on this topic to prove this.
- Heals Acne scars – Gentle stroking of Gua Sha helps bring new blood to the surface of the skin that in turn rejuvenates skin cells that in turn helps in reducing the visibility of acne scars. To see fast results you can pair up the use of the Gua Sha tool with ‘Vitamin C serum’ or ‘Kumkumadi oil’.
- Reduces Puffiness – A slow lymph system can cause puffiness, swollen skin, and even acne. Improved Lymph circulation can be achieved through muscle movement or massage. The Gua Sha tool can be the best way to improve lymph circulation and reduce puffiness.
- Get rid of Dark circles or Dark complexion – Frequent massage with the Gua Sha tool can result in improved blood circulation that helps in disposing of dark dead cells and gives your skin a new & youthful glow.
- Improved Jawline – Constant use of the Gua Sha tool in a correct manner will help you get rid of a double chin and help develop a smooth jawline and cheekbones and as time passes your face will look naturally shaped.
Additional Tip – You can keep the Suuruus Jade Gua Sha tool in the refrigerator to get that additional cooling and soothing effect on your skin. If you don’t have a Gua Sha tool you can also use a Gua Sha alternative tool such as ‘Jade Facial roller’.