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Your Ultimate Guide To Gua Sha Scraping From A To Z

by Ceida Uilyc September 11, 2018

Your Ultimate Guide To Gua Sha Scraping From A To Z

When scientists tried Gua Sha on 60 participants who used the computer for maximum hours throughout the day, the found incredible results. Pain on the neck, arms and lower back saw drastic healing effects when the subjects were introduced to sha. Unlike traditional massaging methods, Gua Sha affects the user quickly with a bigger range of results. It’s like the next-level massage with plentiful healing. Moreover, it is an ancient art that is passed down generations as a secret for youthful skin.

What is Gua sha?

Originating from the Chinese scriptures, Gua translates to ‘to Scrape’ while Sha refers to red skin. It is a massage process that uses tools to apply more pressure. It is used by doctors in Soft Tissue mobilization that use long strokes for increasing circulation in the area.

You know masseuses use their hands to work the miracles on your body. With Gua Sha, it is easier to apply the pressure when you’re using a horn or gemstone scraper. Besides, it might look or sound scary, but the feeling of rejuvenation you get after is unmatchable.

How does Gua Sha work?

According to Chinese medicine, all of us have chi energy inside.

It has to flow without disruptions or blocks. However, chi or qi energy can become blocked in certain areas of your body. When chi is blocked, it is felt as localized pain in different parts of the body.

With a Gua Sha tool, you can make the chi energy flow and remove the static blood and lymph fluids from the cell space. In turn, Gua Sha removes puffiness and sagging of skin by softly bruising the tissues so that the body speeds up repair.

How long does the Red Skin from Guasha Stay?

The rash of gua sha is the bad blood and escaped lymphatic fluid. It is a sign of recovery than side-effects. If you do not see any rashes after a session of Gua Sha, your method or process was not right. While it scared my husband the way I reddened up after my massage, it took less than 3 days, almost 2 days for the rashes to disappear.

If your rash does not disappear after 5 days, call up the masseuse who gave you the gua sha. It can sometimes take more time, depending on how effective the massage of sha was.

Best materials for doing Gua Sha

If you’re taking supplements to boost collagen and elastin, Gua sha can help you develop natural health. Selecting a gua sha tool is not a random process and the efficacy of each tool depends on the resonation, mass, and longevity. I have used almost all the gua sha tools below.

·      Coin

Gua Sha is referred to as coining in Taiwan and China where sterilized coins are used to scrape the skin. You can also use a stainless steel spoon or lid to scrape your skin.

·      Gemstones for Gua Sha

Jade to rose quartz, gemstones with high resonance fare well when used for Gua Sha. It is holistic and heals the spirit as well as the body. The chi energy of gemstones such as rose quartz and jade are reminiscent to the human body with its heart chakra powers.

·      Gua Sha Horn of the Buffalo  

The earliest way of gua sha, Sibin floating buffalo horn has high resonance up to 350, proving as a good scraping tool for sha massage. The practice of using the horn has receded as it is hard to sterilize, so as the bone tool for gua sha.

·      Bian Stone for Sha

Pointy stones with a resonance above 3500, bian stone therapy is mentioned in the book Nei jing, from 2600 B.C. The stone is made from a mix of materials from the Shandong costs. It is used before acupuncture in Chinese medical institutions, till date.

5 Astounding Benefits Of Gua Sha Scraping Tool

Did you know Gua Sha is called the Eastern Botox? Primarily because of its amazing facelift properties, gua sha can help drive headaches away too. There are endless proofs of how guasha healing works so check out my list with research abstracts included!

1.    Gua Sha for Aging

Often used to combat the sagging and lines of skin due to age, gua sha can uplift your skin as well as smoothen it.  The easiest and oldest De-Wrinkling trick works by making petechiae (rash) on the skin. It is used for skin all over the body periodically. Gua Sha for cellulite and acne is also popular as it can expertly drain clogged cells.  

2.    Reducing Inflammation with Sha

Stagnated energy in the body can translate as chakra blocks as well as blocked chi. Gua sha rose quartz instrument scrapes the skin to remove pain associated with that part as well. All that puffiness on the face due to lack of thyroid to facial cleanse will be removed with sha massage.

3.    Immune Boost using Gua Sha

Did you know gua sha is used for Hepatitis and Fever? It’s an incredible multipurpose tool that changes the structure of your body with the help of the immune system. The proven result can be checked on this NCBI study of using press strokes of sha massage. It is inferred that gua sha massage increases IgG titers in addition to expanding the blood vessels.

4.    Pain Relief with Gua Sha

As gua sha breaks down the tissues, Gua sha hip pain, Gua sha muscle pain, Gua sha Neck pain and Gua sha for Pain in the legs are popular these days. Sha massage scrapes the skin to remove blocks that cause the original pain. History vouches it was first used to remove blood stagnation too.  

5.    Sha massage for Pigmentation

Do you have differently colored skin throughout your body? It’s not your fault, just the way our skin reacts to exposure!

You can use guasha for removing age spots too. If you’re focused on hyperpigmentation with gua sha, you need jade scrapers. As a bonus, it will firm your skin too.

How to use a Gua Sha Scraping Tool

Rose Quartz Gua Sha Scraping Massage Tool

How do you actually use guasha instruments? Is it okay to use gua sha as a beginner? Which is the right way of using gua sha gemstone scraping tool? I’ve explained it in brief below.

·      Gua Sha Facial Tool

By using upward motions, guasha scraping tool can be used to remove the blocked chi from the face. Do not use extreme pressure. Be gentle on the face and neck, unlike the back or legs.

·      Painful Gua Sha Massage

By repeated long strokes, you can drain out the lymphatic fluid that leaves behind pain and scars, which will repair the tissues in the next week. Do check the lymphatic nodes of the human anatomy to ensure you know where you’re directing the drained fluid.

·      Gua Sha Shoulder Pain

Strokeful scraping of skin using rose quartz gua sha can significantly change the way you feel pain. What it does is remove the cell fluids that cause the pain. Easy-peasy, right?

Before you go …

Rose Quartz Gua Sha Scraping Massage Tool

Gua Sha at home is the easiest way to find a routine to maintain youthful skin. However, if you’re new, I suggest you go for one (just one at least) session with a professional masseuse for gua sha. Once you see the way it works, you will understand which is the right amount of pain as well as the wrong amount.

Gua Sha Rose Quartz is the most effective way to physically and spiritually raise your heart chakra. Tried it? Tell your story and I will share my tweaks!

Stay powerful~

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Ceida Uilyc
Ceida Uilyc


Ceida Uilyc (Geo Maria George) is an avid crystal user since 10 years past. Ceida believes Crystals are elixirs from the Mother Nature's Womb gifted to protect the humanity, its spirit, soul and voice for ages ahead ... 😁 When she is not hypnotized by gems, you can see her wandering around in search of Buddha. When she is not with crystals, she wonders and wanders about a million ways to Save The World!

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January 31, 2019

Gua Sha boosts the immune system? That means I’ll have to avoid the practice. I can’t work with Bloodstone, because its immune-boosting effects send my RA into a painful flare. I do have immune-boosting crystals – chief among them my faceted Rose Quartz and my Alexandrite – but they’ve agreed that, owing to my condition, they’ll help modulate my immune system instead, because amping it up further, just means causing more damage. I can’t even handle a regular old hand massage, because of the pain and sensitivity in most of my joints: as soon as the masseur/masseuse reaches my neck, I can’t stop myself from crying out.

I had one masseuse – she was my physiotherapist, but not for long – who flatly ignored my protests of pain (most physios I’ve dealt with are pretty good, but this one subscribed to that “no pain, no gain” nonsense) and carried on down my back to my lumbar region: just before I passed out, I let loose a scream that very nearly shattered the windows of her therapy workspace!

Thanks for the heads-up, Ceida! At the minimum, if I ever decide to try acupuncture for the pain (though given the fact I need Morphine to shut it up, I don’t think it would work), I’ll know to tell them “No Gua Sha” beforehand.

Love and Light as always.

Ceida Uilyc
Ceida Uilyc

October 03, 2018

@sharon: Hi, Sharon, there are many videos teaching Gua Sha just as our tutorials. What would you like?

Sharon K Berry
Sharon K Berry

October 03, 2018

Does anyone know where I can learn this massage Gua Sha?

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