Unlocking The Power Of Acupressure With Gua Sha
Acupressure with a gua sha is a great way to address skin issues such as inflammation, wrinkles, blemishes, and dull skin. It can even be used to reduce chronic pain, manage stress, and achieve overall wellness– but there are a few key tricks you need to know!
What is acupressure?
Acupressure is an alternative healing technique that involves applying pressure to specific points on the body and is often used in conjunction with acupuncture or reflexology. This traditional Chinese medicine practice is based on the belief that there are energy pathways or meridians that run through the body, and by manipulating these points, the body's natural healing abilities can be stimulated. Some of the benefits of acupressure include relief from headaches, muscle tension, and digestive issues, as well as improved sleep and a sense of relaxation. Additionally, acupressure has been found to be effective in treating various chronic conditions such as asthma, arthritis, and even menstrual cramps.
In my personal experience, the best way to administer acupressure to yourself is with a gua sha. Using a tool can be the best way to achieve firm yet gentle pressure.
Main Skin Benefits:
improve blood circulation
reduce dark circles
promote overall radiance
What is a gua sha?
A gua sha is a massage tool, typically made from rose quartz, used to relieve tension and boost circulation in your face and body. This therapeutic stone has a history in traditional Chinese medicine– ‘Gua’ meaning scrape and ‘Sha’ meaning petechia, the rash or bruising left from deep massages with the stone. The idea behind the stone is to maintain flow beneath the skin’s surface, promoting blood flow and stimulating lymphatic drainage.
The main edge used for acupressure is the pointed edge at the base of the gua sha. You can also use the two points at the top near the ridge.
There are thought to be at least fourteen internal pathways that connect our organs where these acupressure points lie. These points are used to unblock the flow to relieve the symptoms or health conditions you are struggling with. I will be reviewing four points on the face that you can stimulate with your gua sha.
Between the eyebrows
For reducing anxiety and improving sleep, try pressing or massaging in small circular patterns in this area.
Next to the nose, in the crease, is the nasolabial fold. Massaging and applying pressure to this area can help relieve sinus pressure and reduce acne.
Along & behind the ear
To relieve jaw tension, toothaches, tinnitus, and to promote healthy sleep patterns, apply gentle yet firm pressure to these two areas around the ear.
Filtrum or cupid’s bow
In the area between the nose and lip you will find your cupid’s bow which is the perfect spot to apply pressure to reduce inflammation, restore focus, & calm your mind.
Many experts suggest a mix of pressing and massaging back and forth for up to at least 2 minutes per pressure point.
Best Gua Sha
The Hibiscus White Tea Rose Quartz Gua Sha, $25
The stone is made from real rose quartz, which is known for its healing properties including reducing high blood pressure, clarifying the skin, and increasing blood circulation. It is also inspired by hibiscus white tea because it works quite like the benefits of the tropical flower.
For tips on using the Gua Sha for chronic migraines, read here.
The Bottom Line
If you are looking for a self-healing method to ease pain and achieve glowing skin, you should follow these tips and tricks. Always consult with a doctor or dermatologist before practicing acupressure. You should not use acupressure for serious ailments or pain and if you experience discomfort while practicing acupressure, stop applying pressure immediately and consult with a trained specialist.