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Don't Make THESE Mistakes When Using Gua Sha Tools

November 03, 2021

Don't Make THESE Mistakes When Using Gua Sha Tools

If you know me, you know I love using a gua sha tool in my Pro treatments! Did you know there are some mistakes gua sha users make and it causes them to fall short of optimal results? This article reveals the biggest mistakes made using a gua sha tool.

Using the Wrong Pressure

It may seem counter productive but it's crucial to use a feather-like touch when using a gua sha tool. The reason is, lymph passageways are very delicate. Pressing too hard smashes them spreading lymph, instead of encouraging lymph drainage. A face with properly drained lymph is less puffy and is a more youthful looking face. 

Failure to Know Lymph Pathways

Failure to use a gua sha tool along the lymph drainage pathway will be counter productive. See image below for guidance.

 

Failure to Learn YOUR Muscle Memory

Understanding muscle memory and how to release it based on the structure of anatomy in the face is vital to successful results using gua sha. If you've been following me for long, you know I remind my readers often that repeated facial expressions get etched in our face through stuck fascia and muscle memory.

Take the time to study YOUR face and use a guide like below to learn muscle locations and how they connect. Locate where your facial muscles and fascia are stuck. Just look for deep lines and the misshaped places. Using a gua sha tool is helpful for releasing them. Just like all things in skincare, it takes discipline and consistency.  

Inadvertent Flattening of the Face

You have probably noticed, I do not use a flat gua sha tool. The reason is, if a flat gua sha tool is used incorrectly, it will flatten the face. A flattened face doesn't look lifted and vibrant. A flat gua sha tool makes it very difficult to create the flow of energy and lymph for an effective gua sha treatment. A gua sha tool that resembles fingertips is ideal to create an even application of light movement. It also allows for a gentle acupressure-like touch in the tiny places where energy is released on the face.

For more on the proper use of Gua Sha, watch this YouTube Video.

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