Smooth as Jade: Explore the benefits and techniques of Gua Sha self care

Smooth as Jade: Explore the benefits and techniques of Gua Sha self care

Olivia Beam

   Have you ever noticed that you have a round face, like myself? Or that you have muscle and joint pain? Well, the gua sha might be your new best friend. 

   Gua sha is a traditional healing technique in which people scrape a smooth edged tool, usually made of stone or jade, across the skin in order to stimulate blood flow, reduce inflammation, and promote healing. This technique is often used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat various ailments, which includes muscle pain, tension, and stiffness or even to change the shape of your face.

   To use a gua sha,  apply a lubricant, such as oil or lotion, to the area of skin you wish to treat. Hold the gua sha tool at a 45 degree angle and gently scrape it across the skin in a specific pattern with a light to medium pressure. The pattern will depend on the area of the body you target and the treatment for the specific condition. It’s important to use smooth, fluid strokes and avoid pressing too hard, as this can cause discomfort or bruising. You can repeat the process several times, and gradually increase the pressure and coverage area. After the treatment, you may notice some temporary redness or bruising, which is normal and should subside within a few days.

    A typical gua sha tool is a handheld device made of smooth edged material, such as jade, rose quartz, or metal. The tool may be shaped like a heart, rectangle, or other shapes that depend on what you want to target, and is designed to fit comfortably in the hand. The edges of the tool are usually rounded and polished to prevent injury to the skin. Gua sha tools come in a range of sizes, from small, handheld devices that can be used on the face, to larger tools that are used for larger areas of the body. Many gua sha tools are also aesthetically pleasing, with colorful patterns and designs that make them a popular self care tool for those who look to add a touch of elegance to their daily routine.

   You may wonder if gua sha is painful? Gua sha is typically not painful, but it can cause some temporary discomfort, especially if you are new to the technique or if you apply too much pressure. 

   What are the benefits of gua sha? Some of the potential benefits of gua sha include increased circulation, reduced inflammation, improved range of motion, and relaxation of tight muscles. 

   Can gua sha be done on the face? Yes, gua sha can be done on the face to promote lymphatic drainage, reduce puffiness, and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. 

   How do I clean my gua sha tool? To clean your gua sha tool, simply wash it with soap and water after each use, and dry it thoroughly with a soft cloth. 

Some pros of using a gua sha are increased circulation. A gua sha can help increase blood flow to the treated area, which can promote healing and reduce inflammation. Many people find gua sha to be a relaxing and soothing experience, which can help reduce stress and tension. Not to mention how cost effective gua sha tools are. They can be used multiple times, which makes them a cost effective alternative to professional massages or other treatments. Each gua sha ranges in price from about 5 to 12 dollars, which can be purchased on amazon and be at your front door the next day. 

   Some cons about using the gua sha are that gua sha can cause temporary bruising or redness, especially if too much pressure is applied or if the skin is sensitive. In addition, gua sha may not be appropriate for everyone, especially those with certain medical conditions or skin sensitivities. It’s important to talk to a healthcare provider before you use  a gua sha if you have concerns. 

   A cost effective alternative to a gua sha is hot and cold therapy. The alternation between hot and cold temperatures can help reduce inflammation and promote healing. This can be done through the use of ice packs, heating pads, or hot and cold baths. Furthermore, certain stretches are a simple and effective way to improve flexibility and reduce muscle tension. A variety of stretching techniques can be used, which includes static stretching, and dynamic stretching. 

   If you are an athlete, go to the gym, or even work at a desk all day, you need the gua sha. Gua sha can be a cost effective and convenient alternative to professional massage therapy or other treatments. Also, it may be especially beneficial for those who look to take an active role in their own health and well being. As with any self care technique, it’s important to use gua sha carefully and to consult with a healthcare provider if you have any concerns or underlying medical conditions. Over all, I would rate this product a 8/10 and would recommend it to family and friends.