The ins and outs of Body Gua Sha

The Chinese use Gua Sha to treat a huge number of conditions. It’s woven into the fabric of their healthcare system, sitting alongside Western treatments as part of their public health policy and prescribed for a multitude of disorders, including digestive issues, insomnia, muscular pain, headaches and anxiety.

Stress creates toxicity in the body which manifests under the skin. The Chinese solution to this problem is Gua Sha. The treatment’s press-stroke motion expels toxicity, exponentially improving blood flow and aiding the lymphatic system.

The process of Gua Sha is designed to enable the blood to release toxicity out via the surface of the skin. Gua means to scrape or rub, whilst Sha describes the redness that results. It’s not damaging to the skin or capillaries. We associate redness with bruising and pain in the West, but it’s actually really healing and extremely satisfying once you get the hang of it. Press-stroking the skin in this manner is completely harmless. You'll find the pressure that feels right for you and it will quickly become habitual.

The redness is different for everyone, and the shade will vary depending on the level and age of the stress you releasing. It tends to lessen with each treatment, as long as more stress is cleared than accumulated daily. It will subside quickly, but we advocate treating in the evening to allow your skin time to settle.

Practising Gua Sha for the first time can seem a little unfamiliar, but rest assured, you really can’t get it wrong. Just start gently and be lead by what feels right for you.

Let’s just cover some specifics to help you get the hang of the technique.

On the press-stroke action you need a fairly firm hand to slowly sweep the Body Restorer across your body. Imagine you are scratching an itchy insect bite, and use a similar pressure. We say 8 strokes as a guide, which should be enough to be effective without over-doing it.

Why do you need oil? Well first and foremost it provides lubrication, allowing the Body Restorer to glide effortlessly over the skin. As well as heightening the treatment of Gua Sha you’ll also receive the nourishing benefits of our specifically formulated oil which will penetrate more deeply during treatment.

The chest, neck and back form the basis of the Body Restorer Ritual, as these are the main areas that hold stress and tension. Once the one-minute de-stress ritual has become habitual, you can focus more time on areas that feel particularly tight or painful. For some it’s the neck and shoulders, for others the lower back or chest. It may be all of the above!

The Body Restorer is shaped with a convex edge to work into the joint areas, a concave edge to mimic the curves of your body, and a double pointed edge to work into smaller areas of tension, such as your neck.

Please note, you should wait until any redness has subsided before re-treating that area.