Gua Sha

Gua = to scrape or rub

Sha = reddish rash (petechiae), blood stagnation, or flow to surface of skin
Gua Sha is an ancient healing technique that involves the uni-directional press-stroking of a small jade or gemstone board to bring about a fundamental change in the skin by clearing stagnation and accumulation in the channel system that directly correlates and has a profound effect on the health and/or disfunction of the skin. By venting the channel system and opening the pathways that feed the skin, we are able to ignite the skins natural healing power and affect long-term change.

Gua Sha is performed using gentle press-stroking massage movements to manipulate and stimulate specific energy lines and points along the face and body, which help break up blood stagnation, free toxic accumulation, promote lymphatic drainage and increase the life force energy that runs throughout our body.

Gua Sha is an effective facial massage modality that directly affects the connective tissue and muscles to help untangle and iron out the fascia that is bound with tension and traps accumulated wastes from stressors of daily life. It helps unwind the tissue, restores mobility and create space for the optimal flow of blood, oxygen, lymph and nutrients.

Gua Sha helps repattern the way our skin ages by softening deep seeded facial expressions and emotions that impede the flow of nutrition and ultimately, the production of collagen and elastin. By relaxing tension, we encourage the tissue to settle into their natural space and geography, which allows the skin to function more efficiently.

Gua Sha creates movement that helps tone muscles and stimulates connective tissue and flow of nutrients that feed the skin.

Gua Sha relieves stress and taps into the parasympathetic nervous system that allows the body to use its resources to repair, rejuvenate and restore vitality.

Gua Sha helps disband myofascial tension and free the layers of muscle and connective tissue that create adhesions in the underlying structures that cut off blood, nerve supply.

Gua sha aids in the absorption of the active ingredients in topically applied skincare products.

Gua Sha brings attention and healing to areas of concern; puffiness, dark circles, deep lines & wrinkles, blemishes, redness, sensitivity and tight muscles and tension caused by stress that are deeply held in the tissue and memory of the muscles.

“Gua Sha is all about the skin: what happens on it and under it.”