When not to Gua Sha
Gua Sha massage is not ideal when you have sunburn, infections, open wounds, damaged skin, skin cancer, severe acne, illness, swollen lymph nodes or fever. If in doubt, consult your doctor.
Gua Sha During Pregnancy
You can practice gua sha facials without any concern, but ask your doctor before practicing gua sha on your body.
Facial Gua Sha Practice
It’s important you use a good oil or cream for both your skin and the slip required for effective technique and prevent any pulling of the skin. Rosehip oil, hempseed oil, grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, squalane oil are all good choices or a good face cream since the product will be well worked into your skin. Depending breadth of massage, you will be using from 1-3 tablespoons of product.
There are no rules for how often to do gua sha. However for visible results, we recommend doing guasha 3- 5 times per week. Once you have your desired results you can maintain them by doing gua sha 1-2 times per week or as needed.
When doing this at home, the key is to always work from the inside of the face then go outwards. And ALWAYS scrape UP, never down. Don’t ever pull your face down. It’s also CRUCIAL to drink water after any kind of lymphatic drainage.
Gua sha should be performed with light pressure and is especially beneficial in the morning when you wake up with a puffy face or to work out worry lines between the eye brows.
Facial Gua Sha Technique
Gua sha tools come in a variety of shapes and sizes. It is important to choose a tool that is durable, smooth, easy-to-clean and gives you the control desired. The fish-shape guasha is our favorite! We love the length of the longest side, the points on the tail, the v-shape inside the tail and the head of the fish. All of these edges are useful in myofascial massage, acupressure and trigger points on the face and elsewhere on the body.
1) The long side of the fish is for lymphatic drainage and lifting on the forehead, cheeks, neck and chest.
2) The head of the fish is for relaxation of muscle tension and lymphatic drainage around the eyes.
3) The inside of tail of the fish is for sculpting the jaw line, cheek bones, brows and third eye.
4) The points of the tail of the fish are for acupressure, trigger points and wrinkle erasing using tiny zig zag motions to stimulate blood circulation.