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Intro To: Gua Sha

What is Gua Sha

Gua Sha is a facial technique derived from Traditional Chinese Medicine. Also known as jade scraping, it was first created as a body treatment, scraping to achieve redness to encourage the skin to heal itself. It has now been adapted for facial treatments, and very similar to jade rolling. Gua Sha promotes lymphatic drainage, helping eliminate bloating caused by fluid trapped in the skin. A jade scraper is used with short or long steady strokes along different areas of the face to target different concerns.

Benefits of Gua Sha

  • stimulated circulation

  • decrease puffiness

  • sculpts facial muscles

  • softens lines and wrinkles

  • releases muscle tightness

There are many ways to use a Gua Sha, but the basic methods focus on using gentle pressure and using even strokes. It is recommended to use the tool with a facial oil to increase slip and decrease pulling on the skin. Unlike beauty treatments, Gua Sha can be replicated at home, and can show some results after the first treatment. Traditionally, Gua Sha can be performed with any tool, such as the gua sha jade scraper, a spoon, a coin. It is not necessary to purchase the right equipment, but just make sure to approach Gua Sha gently on your skin.

Gothamista has a great video giving a Facial Gua Sha and Acupressure Massage:


Seeking Treatment

UEWM Clinic specialists also offer acu-facials and a variety of other treatments that can help target your needs. Look at our Specialists's page to learn more about their areas of expertise.

Many patients seek acupuncture as a way to help relieve chronic pain for a variety of ailments. Talk to your doctor to see if acupuncture may be a good option for you, or schedule a free consultation at UEWM Clinic.

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