Studium - Bian Stone Gua Sha Board
Just as the muscles in the body need exercise, stretching, stimulation & massaging to keep them functioning at the optimum, so do the muscles of our faces. Gua Sha is a Traditional Chinese therapy which involves scraping the skins surface with the tool to improve subcutaneous blood circulation.
The tool helps to reduce fine lines & wrinkles by massaging tense facial muscles, it also encourages lymphatic drainage reducing puffiness & increases blood flow to the face resulting in plump, glowing skin. Preliminary studies have shown it up regulates the expression of heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1), a gene responsible for cell protection & oxidative stress reduction. Daily use provides an opportunity to improve skin integrity, slow down & give gratitude to the things our body does for us on a daily basis.
Gua Sha can also be used on neck, shoulders, back, arms & legs with firmer pressure to reduce pain, muscle stiffness & encourage joint mobility.
Bian stone is said to be the precursor to acupuncture where the stones were heated and placed along meridians on the body to stimulate Qi. Bian stone therapy has been recorded in The Inner Canon of the Yellow Emperor (also known as Huangdi Neijing), a pivotal Traditional Chinese Medical text dating back 2,000 years. Each stone is unique & some may have fine mineral streaks that run through the stone, these are not cracks.
Each stone comes with a canvas storage bag & instruction sheet.
Tips & Tricks
Hold the stone flat against skin at a 10-15 degree angle
Do not press too hard (during facial use) - using the Gua Sha board should be relaxing. Some tender spots will arise where muscles are extra tense. Go easy.
Start by practicing on your inner forearm, the stone should glide across skin & leave a the area slightly pink
Go slow & take deep breaths with each stroke
For facial use work in upward strokes, hold the skin taught with one hand - acting as an 'anchor' and slowly glide the tool up to muscle attachments (see diagram). At the end of each stroke wiggle & apply a firmer pressure on muscle attachment
Work in an order that suits you, as a rule of thumb always do the neck before the face working in either upward or downward strokes & then move onto the chin, outer jaws, the eye area & eyebrows and finally from the eyebrows to the forehead into the hairline.
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