- Gua sha is a traditional and natural ancient Chinese healing technique.
- The technique involves scraping your skin with a gua massage tool to improve circulation.
- Gua sha can help relieve tension, and reduce puffiness and inflammation in the skin but it may also offer many other benefits too.
If you like skincare and wellness trends, odds are you’ve heard of gua sha, also known as skin scraping therapy. It may seem like a hot new trend but it’s actually a form of traditional Chinese medicine that has been practiced for hundreds of years.
While gua sha is often touted for its benefits of sculpting and toning the skin, it may also offer other benefits too. Follow along as we uncover everything you need to know about gua sha, including what it is, the potential benefits and risks, as well as how you can do it at home.
What Is Gua Sha?
Gua sha is a traditional and natural ancient Chinese healing technique. It involves scraping your skin with an instrument with smooth edges to improve circulation. Some believe it may also help with health problems like chronic pain.
Healthline explains. “Gua sha is intended to address stagnant energy, called chi, in the body that practitioners believe may be responsible for inflammation.” The idea is that by rubbing the skin’s surface, you can help break up energy and in turn reduce inflammation and encourage healing.