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
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
Glow Gua Sha
Instant glow and vitality.
Lift Gua Sha
Lifting and firming.
For extra glow
Shape Body Gua Sha
Tighten skin and reduce cellulite.
Drain Body GuaSha
Fluid retention and cellulite.
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
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 seriously, 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 Nordenstam.
Learn more about how you return it here
When not to Gua Sha
Gua Sha massage is not ideal when you have:
- Infected skin
- Damaged skin
- Skin cancer
- Swollen lymph nodes
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.