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Let’s talk about pressure.
No, not the kind you may feel from your daily to-do list, job, or the stressful week ahead. (Buuuut… if you’re looking for resources on this type of pressure, we’ve got you covered, too! Check out some of our posts on de-stressing & calming with gua sha here, here and here).
In this blog, however, we’re reviewing appropriate pressure when it comes to body gua sha vs. facial gua sha. What’s correct here can get a little confusing, because the shorthand ‘gua sha’ is used to describe both these practices interchangeably. While they are similar in many ways -- such as being rooted in ancient TCM, utilizing stone on skin medicine for healing, increasing circulation, promoting lymphatic drainage, and encouraging sculpting/smoothing benefits -- the ways in which we employ facial & body gua sha are quite different. One of the most major differences? The amount of pressure.
For instance, while bruising during body gua sha is a sign that you’ve moved stagnant energy, improved circulation, and created a revitalizing flow of fresh qi and energy, you’d never want to create bruising on your face. Conversely, while a light touch goes a long way when it comes to facial gua sha, the correct approach is to be much firmer/ stronger for maximum benefits on the body.
To make sure you’re employing best practices when it comes to pressure and your Aura or Empress Stone, read on!
Here’s the skinny:
Now that you’re a pressure pro on body gua sha vs facial gua sha, be sure to use these tools to help you cope with that other kind of pressure!