Me and My Gua Sha

I have a Gua Sha, actually to be honest, I have a few Gua Shas.  My Gua Shas are in many different shapes and colors and that is because I am in love with my Gua Shas. They make me so happy.  Why do they make me so happy? Because they help me to improve my lymphatic function, they smooth out my wrinkles and they make my face look relaxed, even when I am a completely neurotic mess of anxious Jewish mother nerves.

But my Jewish mother anxiety is another story for another time. Today’s story is about the Gua Sha.  So, for those of you who have never even heard about a Gua Sha, let alone own even a single Gua Sha, here’s the scoop.  Gua Sha is the Mandarin word for a scraping tool with a flat edge that causes bruises.  In traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) a practitioner uses a smooth-edged tool to stroke your skin while they press on it. This can eliminate fluid build-up, which can in turn reduce puffiness and relieve tension from muscles 

The really cool thing is that everyone can do this at home!  All you need is a Gua Sha (Amazon) and 60-90 seconds a day. 

gua sha

Here’s what I do. I shower and then I moisturize.  You know that sweet spot when you are all moisturized but hesitate to get dressed so that you don’t accidentally get oil on your clothing?  That’s your Gua Sha time.  

Begin your daily self-love treatment from above the top left collarbone, where it connects to your neck.  Massage there for a few seconds with the corner of a Gua Sha, and then move on to your right collarbone.  Then in the corner underneath your ear, first on the left side and then on the right.  

Now you have a choice, a quick full body Gua Sha lymphatic massage or just the face. While it is appealing to just do the face,  I usually do manage to find the time to give myself that full 60 second body treatment.  Everyone deserves an extra 60 seconds of “Me Time” a day, don’t you think? For a daily full body lymph massage, you need to spend a few seconds on each of the major lymph points.  I go down the center of my body, then the groin, behind the knees, and then up to the center of the chest where I give a few thumps to my thymus. Best 60 seconds of the day, I kid you not! You won’t regret it. 

The face is where the Gua Sha treatment is gaining the most popularity.  Ideally buy a Gua Sha shaped like a lopsided heart, it has the most appropriate grooves and notches.  I also prefer to work with pink quartz, because pink quartz is the energy of love, and our faces need all the love we can give them!

lymphatic points on jawline

I divide the face into four zones.  Jawline, cheek bones, eyes, forehead. I begin at the jawline, and scrape the notches and curves of the stone around the different contours of my face, paying special attention to the lymphatic points.  How will you know where your lymphatic points are?  Those are the places where it hurts.  The lymphatic points have fluid buildup, that’s what’s causing the pain.  The Gua Sha massage over those points will reduce the lymphatic buildup and release the stored fluid.  This will reduce oedema, make your face appear thinner and reduce muscle tension.  Result, a thinner, more relaxed looking face.  Works for me!

For the finale, I like to take the Gua Sha and rub it all over my scalp.  This increases blood flow to the head, not only helps with brain function, but makes my hair look better.  Both obviously, equally important points.  

So, there you have it, beauty from the inside out.  Do a daily 1-2 minute lymphatic massage, improve your health,  and look better as a result.  Win! Win! 

This public service announcement was brought to you by the low maintenance beauty queen, interested in achieving the best result with the least amount of effort.   

About the Author
Sima Herzfeld Navon is a Naturopath and the owner of Navon Naturals Skincare Products. Her goal is to help people eliminate toxic chemicals from their daily lives through eating a whole food diet and using 100% natural skincare products.
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