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8 Benefits of Gua Sha or Chinese Jade Therapy, Good for the Body and Face

8 Benefits of Gua Sha or Chinese Jade Therapy, Good for the Body and FaceFacial massage illustration. © Prevention.com

Merdeka.com – Gua sha is a traditional health practice from East Asia which translates into “pain relief”. Gua sha is a natural alternative therapy that involves scraping the skin with a massage device to improve circulation. Gua sha is meant to deal with a stagnant energy called chi in the body which practitioners believe is responsible for the problem of inflammation.

Scrubbing the surface of the skin is thought to help break down these energies, reduce inflammation, and promote healing. This ancient Chinese healing technique offers a unique approach to better health conditions and to treat problems such as chronic pain.

In gua sha, the skin is scraped off with short or long scrapes to stimulate soft tissue microcirculation, which increases blood flow. A gua sha therapist will make these scrapes with a fine-edged instrument known as a gua massage tool. The practice of gua sha is probably better known as kerokan in Indonesia. And over time, this practice has been adapted from being limited to a full body detox treatment to a facial relaxation ritual in the world of beauty.

Gua sha is generally performed on a person’s back, buttocks, neck, arms and legs. The gentle version is currently used on the face as part of facial therapy. Gua sha on the face aims to beautify the face, neck, and decolletage. Jade or healing crystals will be gently applied to the entire face and surrounding skin to encourage lymphatic flow, increase circulation, and smooth and lift the skin to make it firmer.

The following is a complete explanation of the benefits of gua sha for body and face health, quoting from healthline.com and provinceapothecary.com.

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