Roller Gua Sha massage technique have become an integral part of the beauty routine of many girls. Demi Moore, Rachel Zoe, Vera Brezhneva, and Olga Karput are already huge fans of this massage technique. Today, together with the co-founder of the QUARZ brand, Polina Sokhranova, we are figuring out why gouache and a roller are needed, how to choose “your” stone, and how to do the massage itself.
What is Gua Sha massage technique?
Guasha is the name of a massage technique that came to us from medieval China along with the name of the instrument itself. A gouache plate is traditionally cut from stone or horn. We at QUARZ choose the first: the very idea that you are doing a massage with a semi-precious stone already brings pleasure. The essence of the procedure is to guide the edges of the plate along the lines of the face or neck, working through the tissues, improving microcirculation, and stimulating the lymphatic system.
Why is it Needed?
Our face needs care and massage in the same way as the body. Gouache massage promotes active lymphatic drainage (which means there will be no swelling on the face) and facial sculpting – with the help of regular procedures, you can highlight the cheekbones, and raise the corners of the mouth or eyebrows. The tool can relax the muscle clamps that create asymmetry on the face and provoke the appearance of wrinkles.
What external changes can be expected after one massage, as well as after a course of massage with guasha?
Guasha requires regularity, like any gentle method of preserving youth, so the most visible results come after two to three weeks of using the tool. During the first use, you will see how the face is tightened and blushed – this effect will stay with you for several hours, but it must be fixed with practice, healthy sleep, exercise, and healthy food. For more information visit our website.
What is the difference between a rollerball and gouache? Do they really help with swelling?
Both the roller and gouache improve microcirculation, which means they improve the metabolism between cells. This contributes to the removal of excess fluid – and in general all unnecessary – through the lymphatic system. There is an abyss between the roller and the gouache, these are very different massagers. Gouache requires an understanding of the rules of work, the roller can be rolled for pleasure without special training. The latter, of course, is not as effective as gouache, but you can work with it almost anytime and anywhere, for example, using a fabric mask while watching your favorite series.
How often and when can you use a rollerball and gouache?
The roller can be used every day, there are no restrictions. One has only to monitor the sensitivity of the skin. Guasha can also be done every day, but there are those who like to warm up the skin well with the help of a plate and rub it to redness. If more intense exposure is your option, you should not part: twice a week will be enough.
Guasha is used only for the face?
Initially, guasha is a massage technique for both the body and the face, so the tool can be used in different ways. For example, it is effective in the fight against cellulite.
How do I know which stone is right for me?
As a rule, your stone itself lures you, that is, it is worth relying on intuition here. Take the one you like. However, gouache can also be assessed by simple physical qualities. Let’s say rose quartz is cool, pleasant, and smooth. Green aventurine too. But the jet is matte, weightless (this is a petrified tree), does not beat, and is always warm. Jade is noble, has sharper edges, and feels like plastic.
How to do a gua sha massage?
New York-based gouache practitioner Sandra Lanshin excels at demonstrating the correct technique. You won’t find a better instructional video!
What tool to use for massage?
You will need something to slide on. It can be oil – here I would pay attention to the degree of purification since many of them are comedogenic. If, in principle, you are not friends with oils, you can massage with a thick cream or hyaluronic gel. The gouache plate should slide freely over the surface. For a roller, sliding is not necessary, so this massager is used on top of serums or sheet masks.
Are there any contraindications?
Not so much. Guasha or a roller is not recommended for fresh Botox injections – the substance can simply leave your body ahead of time. Fillers can move, so it’s better not to risk it here either. Naturally, massage is not done in places of acne, inflammation, or injury. And it is worth remembering that guasha affects the lymphatic system, which means that the procedure cannot be carried out in case of elevated temperature. If you are in doubt and you have any health issues, it would be better to consult with your doctor first.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
Q1: How often should I perform Gua Sha massage?
A1: Gua Sha can be done daily, but more intense sessions can be limited to twice a week.
Q2: Can Gua Sha be used on areas other than the face?
A2: Yes, Gua Sha is versatile and can be applied to various parts of the body, including for cellulite treatment.
Q3: How do I choose the right stone for Gua Sha?
A3: Intuition often guides stone selection, but physical qualities like texture and temperature can also help in decision-making.
Q4: Are there any risks associated with Gua Sha massage?
A4: Gua Sha is generally safe, but caution is advised for individuals with recent Botox or fillers, as well as in cases of inflammation or injury.
Q5: Can I perform Gua Sha if I have certain health conditions?
A5: If you have any health concerns, it’s advisable to consult with a healthcare professional before starting Gua Sha or any new beauty routine.
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