The benefits of Body Gua sha

Gua sha, pronounced ‘Gwah shah’, is an East Asian therapeutic healing technique that has been widely practised in China for thousands of years. It has been shown in studies to increase micro-circulation by 400%, clear inflammation and increase immunity. Inflammation is widely regarded as the culprit behind most modern day illness. At Hayo’u, we believe that by lowering inflammation on a daily basis, you can help limit your chances of ill health. 

Gua sha involves using a round-edged tool, traditionally made of materials such as jade or metal, to press-stroke the skin until redness appears – hence the name. ‘Gua’ means to rub, whilst ‘sha’ describes the redness that results.

Gua sha is claimed to maintain and strengthen the constitution, improve circulation and boost health and longevity. It’s also known to improve sleep. In fact, in our testing, 9 out of 10 consumers agreed that the Body Restorer Ritual improved their sleep after just one minute of use.

How does Gua Sha work?

Gua sha has been shown to exponentially increase blood flow to the surface of the skin, which scientists believe works in a number of ways. Firstly it helps disperse toxins by increased circulation and aiding the lymphatic and immune systems. Then as the blood is reabsorbed by the body it promotes an enzyme (HO-1) which is anti-inflammatory and increases immunity.*

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According to Chinese Medicine, by regularly clearing toxins from the body, particularly from the joints, back, neck and shoulders, external pathogens are prevented from establishing a foothold in the body and creating serious illness further down the line.

Simply press-stroke the rounded edge of the Body Restorer™ across your skin. It shouldn’t be painful. If in doubt, start very gently and work up to the pressure of scratching an itchy insect bite. We say 8 strokes as a guide, which is enough to effectively bring up a red flush. If in doubt, stop.

Why do we use metal? Metal has a stronger effect on the body and will achieve the desired effect quickly. We recommend a one-minute burst across the chest, upper back and neck.

We associate redness with bruising and pain in the West, but in this instance it’s in fact healing and satisfying. Press-stroking in this manner, provided you do it correctly, is beneficial. Most people feel a sense of weightlessness, pain relief, greater energy and many even report feeling ‘lighter’ after a treatment session.

The position, colour and form of the sha can vary according to the area, degree and nature of a health problem in the body. For this reason, Gua sha can also be an indicator of what’s going on internally. The sha will vary from light brown to almost black, depending on the level of toxicity.

For example:

Red – a recent invasion of external disease

Dark red – heat, inflammation or acidity in the local area

Purple or very dark red – long-standing stagnation and damaged tissue.

Darker skin tones will show less Sha than lighter skin tones; it will still be there, just harder to see.

For the best results use the body restorer in the evening after a mineral bath and using our specially formulated body oil.


Do not perform Gua sha over broken skin, broken veins, moles, cuts, bruises or rosacea.

Individual results may vary depending on age, skin type, sensitivity & skincare history.

Wait until any redness has subsided before re-treating that area.

Gua sha is a treatment designed to relieve muscular pain and tension and improve circulation. Results vary according to age, strength of body, skin type and medical conditions. If you are under the age of 16 and over the age of 60, or suffering specific medical conditions, we do not recommend using the Body Restorer™ until you have consulted a medical practitioner. At no point should treatment feel painful. Always start gently, observing the reaction to your skin and proceed with caution. If in any doubt, contact us at or seek medical advice. This information is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions.


Effects of Gua sha  on Heart Rate Variability in Healthy Male Volunteers under Normal Condition and Weightlifters after Weightlifting Training Sessions

Gua sha therapy could facilitate the parasympathetic nervous activity and modulate the balance between parasympathetic and sympathetic activities


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