How to use a gua sha stone
Before you begin, please read this section carefully! Gua sha massage needs to be done in a very specific way to reap all the benefits without causing potential problems.
- When using your gua sha, do not hold the tool perpendicular to your skin. Hold it at an angle (almost flat to your skin) in the direction that you are massaging. Adjust speed and pressure according to what feels good to you. You should not be pulling and dragging your skin; if you feel like your skin is pulling, slow down, lighten pressure, or add more oil. Take time to explore your face and find which areas hold more tension and are more tender. Maintain consistent pressure. Don’t go too hard or too soft. After the end of each massaging swipe, gently massage at the end point indicated by the guide.
When massaging, use your free hand to gently press in the opposite direction of your massage strokes. This will slightly tighten your skin and make it easier for the gua sha to glide across.
Read the directions below before you get started, then use the infographic later in the post as a reference during your massage.
Neck & chest
With a clean gua sha tool, begin massaging the back of your neck. Start from the base of your neck and using slow strokes, gently work your way up to the base of your skull. Once you reach that point, use the tool to massage in small circles for a few seconds. Repeat this motion 5 times.
Disclaimer: If you feel any tenderness while massaging, that could be a sign of tension. Listen to your body and massage with a pressure that feels comfortable to you. Do not overdo it. Do not use on parts of your skin that have acne flare-ups, rashes, or severe sensitivity.
Moving on to the sides of your neck, follow the same pattern of motion and glide the gua sha up from your shoulder to the soft spot behind the base of your ear. Massage that spot in circular motions. Repeat 5 times on each side.
Starting from your collar bone, move the tool up until you reach the underside of your jawline. Massage. Repeat 5 times. Repeat on the other side of your collar bone, then from the center of your chest up to the underside of your chin.