- Aug 21, 2020
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How To Use Gua Sha & Facial Rollers To Boost Your Skincare Regime
Gua Sha is an ancient practice that dates back to the Stone Age though it is popularly associated with Traditional Chinese Medicine.
It was traditionally used by medical practitioners to reduce inflammations, which are at the root of a lot of chronic pain, by “scraping away” the illness. This alternative practice involves scraping your skin with a massage tool to improve circulation, address stagnant energy, and otherwise bring about healing holistically and naturally.
Gua Sha is associated with reducing inflammations which makes it an extremely useful therapeutic practice for reducing chronic pains associated with conditions like fibromyalgia and arthritis. It has been known to help with reducing migraine headaches, neck pain, facial tics, and even breast engorgement in breast feeding women. It encourages lymphatic drainage to enhance detoxing by reducing toxins and balancing fluids. The technique itself is further complimented with the use of therapeutic stones to impart their own particular healing benefits to enhance the outcome of Gua Sha.
Gua Sha has become increasingly popular in the West for its ability to deliver potent and legitimate skin benefits. It It improves the overall health and function of the skin alleviating many skin conditions including rosacea, acne, pigmentation, deep lines and wrinkles, sagging skin, acne and scarring. It relieves tension in your facial muscles, boosts facial blood circulation nourishment and encourages lymphatic draining to reduce puffiness. It sculpts your face, irons out fascia (connective tissue which can sometimes interfere with optimal circulation) and retrains muscles, relaxing them while strengthening, lifting and toning.
Traditionally, from as far back as the Stone Age, natural stones were used as tools for Gua Sha which later evolved to regular household tools like coins or pot lids. Nowadays, Gua Sha facial tools are crafted from healing therapeutic stones like jade and rose quartz. Known as ‘natural face-lifters’, Gua Sha tools can be a simple scraping stone in various designs and a face roller as well.
Face rollers work in a similar fashion to the traditional scraping stone. They calm the skin and promote healthy lymphatic flow and drainage resulting in a decrease in toxins and a boost in blood circulation. Gua Sha stones do the same and give an instant lift to your face as well because it is easier to vary and increase pressure, control and movement with a Gua Sha tool.
- Rose Quartz is known to be the crystal of unconditional love, and especially self-love. This feel-good stone opens the heart chakra and encourages compassion, tenderness, forgiveness, and comfort -- making it a perfect crystal for the self-loving ritual of Gua Sha facial massage.
- Green Aventurine ensures the odds are always in your favour. The positive energy of this shimmering crystal is especially conducive to prosperity and good luck. Use the energy of Green Aventurine to attract more opportunities and abundance into your life.
- Blue Sodalite is a stone that encourages harmony and restores peace and inner tranquility, releasing fears and tensions. Use its grounding energy to strengthen bonds with others, build self confidence and inspiration, and bring balance into every aspect of your life.