How facial gua sha works
Lesson 1 Module 1
The treatment of the skin known as facial gua sha involves "scraping" the skin with your fingers, hands, or a tool. You do not tear or bruise the skin, but you produce enough pressure to increase the flow of blood and oxygen to the area you "scrape."
The idea is that you nourish the face by allowing a constant flow of oxygenated blood, full of nutrients, to the area. When qi and nourished blood flow smoothly, you will feel and look good.
When there are blocks in the body, in particular blocked qi along different meridian points, you will feel aches and pains, stiffness, and other discomfort.
You can see an immediate changes when you "scrape" the face using the patterns you will learn in later modules. The heat generated has even greater power when you pay attention to specific meridian points on the face, head, neck, arms, legs, and torso. For example, you will learn a number of different patterns on your arms that make your face glow by strengthening your internal organ systems.
Think of your beauty like the leaves of a tree. You could provide all of the sun and air you want to the leaves, but if the roots do not draw moisture from the soil to nourish the leaves, they will wither and die.
When you do gua sha, you are treating the roots of your beauty. You are nourishing the networks that bring vital energy and fluids to muscles, fascia, and skin.
Let's learn a little bit about the methods you will use.