Gua sha is an innovative, time-tested TCM therapy focusing on improving blood circulation. In its most basic definition, gua sha tools are used to gently scrap at the skin which forces blood flow towards the affected region.
The increased circulation from gua sha brings with it natural healing properties, nutrients, and relieves stagnancy. It’s easy to perform on one’s self at home, is very easy to learn, and for interested professionals, clinics, and practitioners, it’s another treatment to recommend to resolve muscle pain, muscle tension, and chronic pain.
How to choose your gua sha tools begins with knowing what you’re treating. On your forehead, nose, cheeks, third eye, outer eyes, under eyes, or in the V-line around your jaw, there are very specific techniques and tools recommended for use.
There are ultimately 4 main pieces of gua sha tools you want to hang onto. There’s the heart shape which is good for application on the jaw, pencil shapes which are excellent for trigger point manipulation and acupressure points, an S-shape for the forehead and neck, and then a ying yang shape for cheeks.
Although easily learned, one does need to take stock of what they hope to accomplish with a gua sha treatment in order to better understand what tools they will need. The 4 main pieces of gua sha can be purchased individually or together in a set. We typically recommend buying a gua sha set in order to have all the pieces you need to offer yourself or others treatment.
Now those 4 main pieces we mentioned are used predominantly on the face. The face is by far where gua sha is most popularly applied. That said, it can also be used on the body and when gua sha is applied elsewhere, a different set of tools are needed. You still have the S-shape for your back but there is also a wave shape for the arm, a secondary wave shape for the leg, and then a tooth shape which is perfect for the spine. When used on the body, application can be more challenging however the results are just as effective as you’ll find on the face.
Once an ancient Chinese technique for directing energy, improving circulation, and treating muscle pain, gua sha continues to turn people on centuries after its heyday. If you’ve been searching for the perfect way to rejuvenate your skin and increase lymphatic drainage, or to help your body heal, gua sha can help. So if you’re looking to buy gua sha tools in Canada, you can buy them from Lierre.ca either individually or in sets for the body and face. As one of Canada’s premiere sources of gua sha tools, anyone can get started. Shop with us today.