What is Gua sha?

What is Gua Sha

Also know as scraping. As if it were scraping away the illness you have. Gua sha can relive tension if you carry that on your face, neck and shoulders. When you relax your face softens and looks better and the scraping or massage touches on the acupressure.

The [face scraping] technique is based on an ancient healing technique called Gua Sha, which was first referred to in a classical Chinese medicine text called the Shan Han Lun dated 220 CE.

Practitioners believe that gua sha releases unhealthy bodily matter from blood stasis within sore, tired, stiff or injured muscle areas to stimulate new oxygenated blood flow to the areas, thus promoting metabolic cell repair, regeneration, healing and recovery. In cases of fatigue from heavy manual labor work, a piece of ginger root soaked in rice wine is sometimes used to rub down the spine from top to bottom.

The treatment has also been known by the French name, tribo-effleurage.

I learned the effleurage when i wen to school but gua sha was still unheard of. 


Gua sha involves repeated pressed strokes over lubricated skin with a smooth edged and blunt instrument. In this case we use a stone like jade or others. Skin is typically lubricated with massage oil or balm.

The smooth edge is placed against the oiled skin surface, pressed down firmly, and then moved down the muscles—hence the term effleurage ( friction-stroking) or along the pathway of the accupressure along the surface of the skin, with each stroke being about 4–6 inches long.

Rose quartz and jade are best cause they have a cooling effect.

You can put them in ice cold water or in the fridge as well to have an extra cooling affect. For a mini facial massage in the morning to wake you up you can remove from the fridge and stroke gently against the skin.