What is Gua Sha? Gua Sha is a traditional Chinese medicine approach used to promote blood flow and boost circulation. It involves using a flat stone to scrape and rub the skin on the body, creating a micro-trauma that boosts collagen and stimulates the lymphatic and immune system.
Facial Gua Sha, on the other hand, is a much more gentle and soothing approach and has a multitude of benefits, both immediate and long-term. The primary use of Facial Gua Sha is to promote lymphatic drainage, reducing puffiness, and lifting and sculpting the face.
A deeply relaxing experience, Facial Gua Sha is one of our most favourite Grounding Rituals. A moment to yourself involving slow movements and gentle but firm pressure that sculpts and restores skin and helps to reconnect body and mind.
When used correctly, Facial Gua Sha is excellent for releasing muscular tension in the jaw, forehead, eyebrows, and neck – an excellent approach for those suffering from migraines, eyestrain, headaches, TMJ issues, and sinus issues. Consistency is key with Gua Sha, and practising slow, firm movements on a regular basis will elicit the best results.
If you’d like to learn the art of Gua Sha and understand how to build it into your selfcare routine, join Rachel O’Malley, GROUND Treatment Designer, and Peigín Crowley, GROUND Founder, for a special Gua Sha workshop where they will demonstrate a Sleep Face Ritual for you to follow at home.
The workshop takes place on June 27th at 7pm. Tickets can be purchased on this link.