Gua Sha as part of a facial routine is popular, and trending right now, and has excellent benefits,
however it is important to note
Body Gua Sha has a different technique as well as different goals and results.
An ancient technique/modality for relieving pain such as, but not limited to: pulled muscles, tendons, ligaments, neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain, overuse/repetitive stress, carpal tunnel, recent or old injuries, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, headaches/migraines, numbness/tingling fingers and stress reduction. Gua Sha is additionally helpful for toxin release, moving stagnant qi, moving stagnant blood, and addressing tension and adhesions or “knots” in the muscle tissue by releasing the “resistance” and “holding” of muscles. The technique produces what is called “Sha” or “petichiae” (splotchy red marks), which can last a few days, to a few weeks. The technique uses a basic Gua Sha tool, such as a porcelain spoon to lightly scrape the surface of the skin using a simple technique for 30-60 seconds. This technique is not used over the entire body during one session. It is specific to the area of concern. This is not a painful treatment.
Pictures of Body Gua Sha are below, remember: this does not hurt even though it looks like it can.
BENEFITS: pain relief, better sleep, balanced well being, better Qi flow, better blood flow