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With life ramping up again after an unusual couple years, we may all be feeling a very unique very brand of stress. Being 'too busy' seems to be sneaking up on us again, ad particular, and we may be experiencing a bit of overwhelm. Even the most mindful people can get caught up in the hustle and bustle of entertaining, being with family, financial woes, work deadlines, and beyond.
Fear not! What’s that meme... I’ve got 100 problems and gua sha can solve about 97 of them. We may be biased, but hear us out: Gua sha melts stress-induced tension away. It is common for stress to manifest as tension in our head, neck, and jaw, often more than other places in the body. Besides working to increase circulation, facial gua sha helps release long-held tension in the face, head, jaw, and neck. These places are often overlooked in massage and other self-care treatments like manicures, pedicures, and face masks. Our faces, heads, and jaws need a bit more love.
In addition to these moves with our new Empress Wand, taking a moment to slow down and soak in the benefits of our Empress Tonic, a toner used to prep the skin that’s infused with Bulgarian rosewater, and Empress Oil, which smells like a forest and will instantly transport you to the stunning, craggy, foggy, pine-laden coasts of America’s Pacific Northwest.
Pro tip: do each stroke at least three times, move slowly, and don’t forget to breathe.
This is helpful if you get tension headaches or simply need to unwind after a wiry day. If you grind your teeth, taking three minutes to do this in the morning can help bring you into your day with less constriction and more expansion. Check out the tutorial below for more information on relieving jaw tension with the Empress Wand!