“Gua” means scrape, and “Sha” means sand. It’s a treatment that involves scraping a flat jade or rose quartz stone over the skin in upward strokes to relax stiff muscles and promote tissue drainage.
The treatment is traditionally used in East Asian and Chinese medicine. Some might be familiar with the Gua Sha massage, which treats muscle pain and tight muscles by applying pressure with the Gua Sha tool. The results don’t exactly look pretty, as you can end up with redness and bruising as you heal. However, the results are dramatic, and some have called it the best massage of their life.
There’s also the newer trend of the facial Gua Sha treatment, which uses a similar technique. And while it’s been used for thousands of years as an aesthetic treatment to improve the look and feel of your skin and boost blood circulation.