5 GUA SHA MOVES TO SUPPORT LYMPHATIC HEALTH
Gua Sha type is a style of massage that incorporates a small stone scraping tool, or board, to help move lymph fluid out of the body and increase circulation. This ancient Chinese healing technique—pronounced “gwa sa”— has gained traction in the U.S. beauty and wellness scene over the last few years. This “rubbing technique” works to clear stagnant energy, otherwise known as chi in traditional Chinese medicine, and encourage lymphatic drainage that results in firmer, more toned-looking skin. We talked with Woodside Licensed Massage Therapist, Morgan Hanlen and Spa + Retail Manager Tori Connelly to learn five moves that will help your lymphatic health.
CHOOSING YOUR TOOL
The first step in getting started with gua sha is choosing your tool. There are many types of gua sha tools with a variety of stones that serve many purposes. For example Jade is known for its balancing effects and its ability to cool, which helps with inflammation and de-puffing your skin. Rose quartz relates to the heart, so it’s especially beneficial to use on the neck and chest. To start, we recommend a wing, fin or dolphin shape tool as these are the most popular and can be used in a variety of ways. We love all of the products from Mount Lai which can be picked up in The Spa Boutique.
GETTING STARTED WITH GUA SHA
Before you begin, it is important that your face is wet and clean – never gua sha on dry, bare skin. We recommend using a serum or oil, like The Wildland Organics Daily Ritual Oil.
Then, take your gua sha tool and hold it flat against your face working in an outward motion. Do not move the tool back and forth or up and down across the face, always move outward and replace the tool flat against your face before repeating. For best results, repeat each move 3 – 5 times and gua sha daily.
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