In Chinese, gua means “to rub” and sha is the slight reddening of the skin that occurs after the treatment. Gua Sha scraping differs from other cultural scraping methods, such as the ancient Greek and Roman strigil, in that it transcends hygiene, beauty, and bathing practices. The tradition began when Zhang Fengkui, a physician in the Ming dynasty, discovered that scraping meridian points on the skin was therapeutic for the skin and underlying tissues. A hot water or steam bath followed the scraping.
Valentinas elixirs Quartz Gua Sha stone’s scalloped design has a long smooth side to capture gentle curves on the face and body, and the scalloped edges are perfect for sculpting the jawline, brow, and eye area.
This Gua Sha tool is an excellent implement for massaging cellulite areas and fascia in general. To bless your body with a therapeutic Gua Sha body treatment, scrape oiled skin with the flat edge of our Gua Sha stone using significant pressure until the there is a feeling of tissue release. Traditionally, the skin on the body is scraped vigorously enough to leave red marks or little red bumps.
Gua Sha facials, though, are usually gentler. Our favorite way to Gua Sha is to first wash the face and neck or spritz it with Rose Water and smooth on a generous squeeze of a lubricating oil (Goddess glow serum oil or Butterfly glow oils ), for great glide. Then, simply select the perfect curve in the implement to hug the area you are rubbing. Be sure to move the tool upward and outward to effectively sculpt and smooth the skin.
Begin with the base of the neck and glide upward in long, slow swipes until the whole neck is scraped. Then move to the jaw, the cheeks, the eye area, the forehead, the nose, and the lips, always gliding up and outward. With 60 Traditional Chinese Medicine meridian points on the face, a Gua Sha facial is thought of as meridian massage.
The smooth, cool beauty of crystal quartz. Quartz stones are prismatic crystals of silicon and oxygen compressed by geologic forces into hardened, sparkling light. Throughout history, the innate enchanting and reflective colors of quartz stones have attracted healers and humans because quartz naturally amplifies energy and seems to transpose its own light onto the human receiver.
Quartz Gua Sha Care: Wash the stone with hot water and a little lather from our clay bar soap, or a little gentle soap and dry it thoroughly. Store it in the muslin bag in a protected location.