Gua sha guide

Gua sha guide

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.

FACIAL GUA SHA

The benefits of regular  facial Gua Sha are many:

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

Body Gua Sha

Body Gua Sha massage is the perfect technique for cellulite, tension and fluid retention. As you begin to release tension and break up facia adhesions with the Gua Sha tool, you increase blood flow in the skin so that more nutrients enters the skin and waste leaves the skin. It’s through blood - as in increased blood flow, that collagen and elastic is delivered to the skin, which firms and tightens skin over time.

Benefits of regular Gua Sha Body Massage

  • Reduces cellulite

  • Improves blood circulation

  • Supports lymphatic drainage

  • Promotes a healthy vital glow to the skin

  • Promotes skin renewal

  • Improves muscle tone by breaking up fascia adhesions causing restricted blood flow to the muscles

  • Gives you softer, smoother and firmer skin

  • Reduces pain, tension and accumulation of cellulite

  • More flow and energy in the body

  • Less tension and pain

  • Relaxed sensation in the body

  • Increased body awareness

Which Gua Sha should I choose?

Flow Gua Sha

Lymphatic drainage and relaxation of facial muscles
This 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.

 

Glow Gua Sha 

Instant glow and vitality. 
Use the smooth side for traditional Gua Sha massage and lymphatic drainage and the textured side to promote glow and skin rejuvenation on areas of need like wrinkles, lines, pigmentation and scarring.

 

Lift Gua Sha

Lifting and firming.
This Gua Sha has two textured sides in different sizes for skin rejuvenation and two lifting sides for firming and contouring the face.

Glow Roller

For extra glow
Use the textured crystal end of the Glow roller for glow and rejuvenation and the smooth crystal end for lymphatic drainage and relaxation of facial muscles

Shape Body Gua Sha

Tighten skin and reduce cellulite
This Gua Sha is designed for reducing cellulite and to tighten loose skin on thighs, butt, legs, belly and arms.

Drain Body GuaSha

Fluid retention and cellulite.
This is the perfect body Gua Sha for lymphatic drainage to reduce fluid retention, stagnation and tension trapped in the loose connective tissue.

Which crystal should I choose?

Choose the crystal that you feel intuitively attracted to or use our crystal descriptions for guidance. Find it here here.

Do I need to use any specific products with my Gua Sha?

It's important you use an oil appropriate for your skintype or a balm. In our book we have made different face- and body balm recipes for different skintypes and concerns. 

How often can I use my Gua Sha?

There are no rules but 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.

I broke my Gua Sha

Don't stress.
Instead, return it to us in exchange for a 30USD discount code to use on Calmlish.com. The discount code is valid on orders of 60USD or more.
Zero waste is something we take seriouslyååååå´´åå, so we repurpose your broken Gua Sha into meditation crystals, high vibe filling for our Vintage Silk Sleep mask and bespoke jewelry in collaboration with the amazing Scandinavian artist Nordling.

Learn more about how you return it here

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. 

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.

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.

Recharge your crystals

You can place your crystal Gua Sha tools in the window sill during full moon to charge them.
You can also hold your gua sha in your left hand and place your right hand above the crystal and set a healing intention from your hand to the crystal, mentally reciting the properties you would like from it. Remember energy flows where intentionen goes.