Gua Sha // Body Scraping
I’m very happy with the Gua Sha stone I use on my face and I’ve now invested in a xl version meant for my thighs. Gua Sha has been used for thousands of years across Asia to address stagnant energy called chi, that practitioners believe may be responsible for inflammation. A Gua Sha treatment is said to reduce headache, muscle and joint pain, neck pain and even have an effect on cellulite. So I’ll try to improve circulation by scraping from top to toe – or the other way around – I start from the ankles and move my way up over thighs, bum, tummy etc.
Before getting started I googled ‘Gua Sha Body Massage’ and got a little anxious how my skin would look after my diy massage – quite grotesque pictures and since I bruise easily I thought it would have been better if I had started during fall, so I could wrap by bruised body in cashmere. So I go slow and only apply medium pressure – enough to turn completely red and bruise lightly but nothing like the lovely pictures on le internet. My intention is to use the stone every day but even a few times a week must be bette than nothing. Remember some sort of lotion – I use coconut oil on my super dry summer skin and it works perfect. My stone is made from Bianshi also know as Needle Stone and is said to have healing benefits – it’s sold out at the moment but you can put your name on the waiting list here. I have heard so many good things about this method and to make sure I’ll get it done, I’ll keep the stone on my side table – in front of the telly. The perfect Netflix companion. Let me know if you have tried it and have any good tips.