Flow Gua Sha

Flow Gua Sha

THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING A CALMLISH FLOW GUA SHA.

This fish shaped Flow Gua Sha is designed for lymphatic drainage, relaxation of tense facial muscles and for stimulating facial acupressure points for increasing flow and energy to the skin.

SKIN BENEFITS OF REGULAR GUA SHA MASSAGE

  • Creates a youthful glow in the skin 
  • Hydrates skin tissue from the inside
  • Reduces wrinkles
  • Minimises pore size
  • Promotes skin smoothness and even skin tone
  • Reduces dark circles and bags under the eyes
  • Improves muscle tone and lifts facial skin 
  • Removes stagnant lymphatic fluid and toxins

    What is Gua Sha?

    Today, Gua Sha (pronounced “gwa shaa”) is one of the most popular natural face sculpting techniques in Asia and it's becoming a real rockstar in the beauty industry worldwide. 

    Gua Sha is an ancient healing technique, originating from China but also used in Japan and Korea. It is an essential part of traditional Chinese medicine, used as folk medicine in many Chinese homes. It ́s origin dates back thousands of years and involves scraping the skin to eliminate toxins, waste products, tension and pain.

    Gua means ”to scrape” and Sha means ”red spots / redness”. It is a highly effective treatment that provides immediate benefits. The tools used to scrape with, are special Gua Sha tools. In our facials, we have chosen to combine Gua Sha with crystal healing. Therefore, our Gua Sha tools are carved from genuine crystals collected all over the world. Each crystal is unique and our beauty tools will vary accordingly. Read more about the crystals here

      HOW DO I CLEAN MY GUA SHA?

      You should wash your Gua Sha with soap and water after each use. Crystals absorb energy so we also like to clean our Gua Sha crystal energetically with sea salt baths.

      Fill a bowl with 3dl of water and 1 tbs sea salt. Place the Gua Sha in the bowl and let it be there for up to 24 hours. If you have more than one Gua Sha crystal to clean, clean them separately, not in the same salt bath.

      You can also place your crystal Gua Sha tools in the window sill during full moon to charge them.

      Some crystals don't tolerate water, however all crystals from our selection does.

      NB the metal on our glow rollers don't tolerate salt water, so to clean them energetically you just place them on dry salt for up to 24 hours.

        GUIDE

        It's important you use an oil appropriate for your skin type or a balm.

        There are no rules for how often you need to use your Gua Sha. However for visible results, we recommend you start by doing Gua Sha 5 times a week. Once you have your desired results you can maintain them by doing Gua Sha 3 times a week or as needed.

        Calmlish Flow Gua Sha

        1) The long side 
        The side of the Gua Sha is for lymphatic drainage and lifting

        2) The head
        The head of the Gua Sha is for relaxation of muscle tension and lymphatic drainage around the eyes

        3) The tale
        The tale of the Gua Sha is for sculpting the jaw line, cheek bones and brows.
        The points of the tale is for acupressure and wrinkle erasing using tiny zig zag motions to stimulate blood circulation and skin renewal.

        Puffy Face

        This facial should be performed with light pressure and is especially beneficial in the morning when you wake up with a ”puffy” face.

         

        STEP 1
        Using both hands, pinch your eyebrows with your thumbs and index fingers, drawing them outwards toward the temples. Apply firm pressure along the edge of the eyebrows. Remember to lift your fingers from the skin between compression to protect the fragile skin around the eyes.

        STEP 2
        Using your fingertips, press the edge of the lower eyelid. (use your index, middle or ring finger). Hold the pressure point while taking a minimum of 2 deep breaths.

        STEP 3
        Using your thumbs, apply pressure under both cheekbones where they meet your nose. Move firmly under the cheekbone and stop when you reach the tip of the cheekbone (just below the pupil when you look straight out). Hold the pressure point while taking a minimum of 2 deep breaths. This point will typically be sore. Continue out toward the ear.

        STEP 4
        Open the lymphatic points, by placing your ice-cold Gua Sha, just below the collar bone in each side.

        STEP 5
        Place the head of the Gua Sha between the eyebrows and scrape up to your hairline. Repeat 10 times with light pressure.

        STEP 6
        Select one side of the face. Sweep from the top of the center of your forehead (by the hairline) and scrape the Gua Sha head down the hairline to the ear. Repeat 10 times with light pressure. Continue under the previous path with 10 strokes in the same direction. Continue until you have worked through the entire forehead. 3-4 sections should be enough. The final section should be your eyebrows.

        STEP 7
        Place the tail of the Gua Sha at the top of your nose and scrape down to the tip of your nose. Repeat 10 times with light pressure.

        STEP 8
        Place the head of the Gua Sha in the temple area. Lightly stroke the area from the temple (outermost part of the eye) and move slowly under the eye toward the nose. Proceed from the inner eye area, up toward the upper part of the eye, and out toward the temple again. Repeat in circles 10 times with very light pressure.

        STEP 9
        Continue with the Gua Sha head and press lightly from the side of the nose out to the ear. Follow the path just above the cheekbone. Repeat 10 times with light pressure. Continue sweeping, under the previous path, from the side of the nose out to the middle of the ear. Follow the path in the middle of the cheekbone. Repeat 10 times with light pressure. Continue sweeping from the side of the nose, all the way under the cheekbone, until you reach the earlobe. Repeat preferably 10 - 20 times with light pressure. Continue scraping from the corner of your mouth up to the lower part of the ear. Repeat 10 times with light pressure.

        STEP 10
        Use the wide part of the Gua Sha and sweep from the middle of the chin, along the jawline, and out to the earlobe. Repeat 10 times with light pressure. It can also be beneficial to scrape a few times along the jawline with the tip of the Gua Sha tail.

        STEP 11
        Stimulate lymphatic drainage by scraping the Gua Sha head from the lower front part of the ear, down the neck, to the collar bone. Repeat 3-5 times, to drain lymphatic fluid, using mild pressure. End the massage, on this side of the face, by stroking the Gua Sha head from behind the upper ear and down the neck with very light pressure, 3-5 times, to drain to the lymph one more time. Lymphatic points are found both in front and behind the ear.

        STEP 12
        Repeat all steps on the opposite side of the face

        WORRY LINES

        WORRY LINES

        STEP 1
        Start by opening the ”check in” point just below the collar bone by moving your fingertips in circles on the point. Open both points at the same time.

        STEP 2
        Use your fingertips from each finger, except your thumb, and place them along the hairline on the forehead. Bend your head forward and hold with medium to firm pressure for at least two deep breaths.

        STEP 3
        Run your index fingers in circles, toward each other, on the higher points of the forehead, on both sides of the face. Move 10 circles along the hairline, using firm pressure.

        STEP 4
        Run your index fingers in circles, toward each other, on the lower of the forehead, on both sides of the face. Move 10 circles along the hairline, using firm pressure.

        STEP 5
        Sweep the Gua Sha head upwards from the ”peace” point to the hairline. Repeat 10-20 times with light pressure.

        STEP 6
        Stimulate the ”peace” point, between the eyebrows, with the tip of the Gua Sha tail. Move it in circular motions using light to medium pressure, 5 times in one direction and 5 times in the other direction.
        Use the tail tip to make zigzags over the wrinkle(s). Repeat 3-5 times over each line.
        If you tend to tense up between the brows, you can use the edge of the Gua Sha head to scrape from the point between the brows and a few centimeters out, in small strokes, using firm pressure 10-20 times. Start with the left brow and scrape up and out 10- 20 times. Continue in the middle, up and out, 10-20 times and then toward the right 10-20 times, so that you relax the entire area between the brows. Spend more time on areas where you feel tension.

        STEP 7
        Start with one side of the face. Use the Gua Sha head and scrape from the eyebrow to the ear, 10-20 times with medium to firm pressure. Then proceed, in the same pattern, on the next line and end on the path at the hairline.

        STEP 8
        Finally, scrape from your ear and down the neck to the ”check in” point below the collar bone. Repeat 3-5 times, using very light pressure to drain to the lymph.

        STEP 9
        Repeat steps 7 and 8 on the opposite side of the face.

        SENSITIVE SKIN

        This facial should be done with light pressure. Start out slow and gentle if you have very sensitive skin.

        Sensitive Skin

        STEP 1
        Start by opening the ”check in” point (under the collar bone). Run your Gua Sha back and forth on the point with medium pressure.

        STEP 2
        Stimulate the ”peace” point between the eyebrows with the tail tip of the Gua Sha by moving it in circular motions. Repeat 5 times to the left and 5 times to the right with medium pressure.

        STEP 3
        Stimulate the “body / mind” point between the nose and lip with the tail tip of the Gua Sha by moving it in circular motions. Repeat 5 times to the left and 5 times to the right with medium pressure.

        STEP 4
        Stimulate the ”flow” point below the lip with the tail tip of the Gua Sha by moving it in circular motions. Repeat 5 times to the left and 5 times to the right with medium pressure.

        STEP 5
        Place the head of the Gua Sha on the “peace” point and sweep upward to the hairline. Repeat 5-10 times with light pressure.

        STEP 6
        Start with one side of the face. Sweep from the top center of your forehead (by the hairline) and scrape the Gua Sha head down the hairline to the upper ear. Repeat 5-10 times with light pressure. If you are very sensitive and turn red easily, then start with 5 times in each area. Continue under the previous path with 5-10 strokes in the same direction. Divide your forehead into 3-4 sections (depending on the size). The final section should be your eyebrows. Next, sweep the Gua Sha from the ear, down the neck, to the ”check in” point, just below the collar bone. Remember, very light pressure 3-5 times to drain to the lymph.

        STEP 7
        Place the center of the tail tip at the top of your nose and scrape down to the tip of your nose. Repeat 5-10 times with light pressure. Use the Gua Sha head and scrape, from the middle of the nose, down the side of the nose. Repeat 5-10 times with light pressure.

        STEP 8
        Continue to scrape, with the Gua Sha head, from the side of the nose out to the ear. Follow the path just above the cheekbone. Repeat 5-10 times with light pressure. Continue sweeping, under the previous path, from the side of the nose out to the middle of the ear. Follow the path in the middle of the cheekbone. Repeat 5-10 times with light pressure. Continue sweeping from the side of the nose, all the way under the cheekbone, until you reach the earlobe. Repeat preferably 10 - 20 times with light pressure. Continue scraping from the corner of your mouth up to the lower part of the ear. Repeat 5-10 times with light pressure. End this procedure by draining the lymph from the lower ear and down the neck, using with very light pressure 3-5 times.

        STEP 9
        Place the head of the Gua Sha on the center below the lip and scrape along the jawline. Repeat 5-10 times with light pressure. Use the center of the tail tip, from the middle of the chin, and scrape along the jawline so that you scrape both sides of the jawline at the same time.

        STEP 10
        Finish this side of the face by scaping the Gua Sha head from the upper part of the ear and down the neck, using very light pressure, 3-5 times. Then sweep behind your ear and down the neck, with very light pressure, 3-5 times to drain to the lymph one more time.

        STEP 11
        Repeat all steps on the opposite side of the face

        PIMPLES

        This facial should be performed with light pressure. Be sure to clean your Gua Sha with soap after use.

        Avoid scraping in areas with active pimples/acne. Instead scrape around it. This will still stimulate the blood and lymph circulation around the pimple. It is important not to push them further down into the skin.

        PIMPLES

        STEP 1
        Start by opening the ”check in” point (under the collar bone). Run your Gua Sha back and forth on the point with medium pressure.

        STEP 2
        Stimulate the ”peace” point between the eyebrows with the tail tip of the Gua Sha by moving it in circular motions. Repeat 5 times in one direction and 5 times in the other direction with medium pressure.

        STEP 3
        Sweep the Gua Sha head upwards from the ”peace” point to the hairline. Repeat 10-20 times with light pressure.

        STEP 4
        Start with one side of the face. Sweep from the top center of your forehead (by the hairline) and scrape the Gua Sha head down the hairline to the upper ear. Repeat 10-20 in all. Continue under the previous path with 10-20 strokes in the same direction using light pressure. Work through the entire forehead. Divide your forehead into 3-4 sections (depending on the size). The final section should be your eyebrows.

        STEP 5
        Scrape from the ear, all the way down the neck to the ”check in” point on the collar bone. Remember very light pressure, 3-5 times to drain to the lymph.

        STEP 6
        Place the center of the tail tip at the top of your nose and scrape down to the tip of your nose. Repeat 10- 20 times with light pressure.

        STEP 7
        Use the Gua Sha tail tip to stimulate the ”detox” point on the side of the nose, in circular movements, using light to medium pressure. Repeat 5 times one direction and 5 times in the other direction.

        STEP 8
        Use the Gua Sha head and scrape, from the middle of the nose, down the side of the nose. Repeat 10-20 times with light pressure. Continue to scrape, with the Gua Sha head, from the side of the nose out to the ear. Follow the path just above the cheekbone, using light pressure. Continue sweeping, under the previous path, from the side of the nose out to the middle of the ear. Follow the path in the middle of the cheekbone. Repeat 10-20 times with light pressure. Continue sweeping from the side of the nose, all the way under the cheekbone, until you reach the earlobe. Repeat preferably 10 - 20 times with light pressure. Continue scraping, with the Gua Sha head, from the corner of your mouth up to the lower part of the ear. Repeat 10-20 times with light pressure. End this procedure by draining the lymph from the lower ear and down the neck, using with very light pressure 3-5 times.

        STEP 9
        Place the head of the Gua Sha on the center below the lip and scrape along the jawline. Repeat 10-20 times with light pressure. Continue to scrape, with the Gua Sha head, in the same direction, under the previous path on the jawline. Use the center of the tail tip, from the middle of the chin, and scrape along the jawline so that you scrape both sides of the jawline at the same time.

        STEP 10
        Use the Gua Sha head and scrape down the side of the neck to drain to the lymph. Repeat 3-5 times with very light pressure. Finish this side of the face by scraping the Gua Sha head from behind the ear and down the neck, using very light pressure, 3-5 times to drain to the lymph one more time.

        STEP 11
        Repeat all steps on the opposite side of the face. Remember to breathe deeply while doing the massage, as to release tension and blockages.

        Zero Waste

        At Calmlish we practise zero waste from production to post consumption, meaning we have a return system where we upcycle your broken beauty tools and we use the leftover crystals from our factory’s production. It has taken Nature millions of years to produce each crystal, so it’s important to us that nothing is wasted.

        We repurpose the leftover crystals and broken beauty tools into earrings and rings  in collaboration with the amazing jewelry artist Nordling, some become meditation stones and others become high vibe filling in our upcycled silk eye masks.

        Our gua sha carry bags and eye mask are made in collaboration with the sustainable clothing brand Sissel Edelbo using the left over silk from the vintage silk sari clothing production.

        When not to Gua Sha

        Gua Sha massage is not ideal when you have:

        • Sunburn
        • Fugus
        • Infected skin
        • Wounds
        • Damaged skin
        • Skin cancer
        • Ilness
        • Swollen lymph nodes
        • Fever

        NB: If you are in doubt, always ask your doctor. Be aware if you are taking medication, especially if it is blood thinning. If you have any type of blood disorders or have extra sensitive skin due to illness and medicine talk your doctor first.

        Can i use my Gua Sha while I'm pregnant?

        You can do Gua Sha Facials no problem, but ask your doctor first before doing Gua Sha on your body, as doing any kind of detoxifying treatments during pregnancy is your own responsibility. 

        What is CALMLISH?

        Calmlish is a holistic and honest lifestyle brand carrying stylish products
        that promote a state of calm; a calm mind, calm body, calm skin.

        We believe in beauty rituals that create harmony through balancing the bo-
        dy’s energy systems, lymphatic system, nervous system and hormone system.

        Thus, creating a healthy foundation where beauty can manifest itself.
        We have a strong mission to create pleasurable, peaceful moments trough
        honest and stylish products you only need to buy once.

        VIDEO TUTORIALS

        Here is a selection of different Gua Sha Facial tutorials using the Flow gua sha.
        (NB the videos carry our old name Honest Beauty Talks, but they still work ;) )