Key points to remember during this massage
- This is a lymphatic and muscular massage, so just like before a body massage it is important to stay hydrated before and after the massage.
- This massage should last 8-15 minutes, and should be done on a freshly cleansed face
- The pressure should be strong, though not to the point of pain. The best way I can describe it is “uncomfortable, though not painful”
- Use face oil during the massage. This will reduce the amount of tugging on the skin, so there are no adverse effects to the massage
- Move in the direction of your natural face contours
- Always use the rounded edge of the Guasha tool to prevent excessive tugging on the skin
- Begin with the chest and neck to clear the drainage passage for the face
- Work from the center of the face outward, beginning on the right side
- To break down wrinkles scrape the Guasha firmly across the area in short strokes to break down the stiffened collagen deposits—which forms wrinkles, before continuing in the direction of the hairline
Guasha Massage originated in China, and is used as a lymphatic massage to improve circulation, eliminate wrinkles, and slim the face.
Breakdown of Guasha Massage
Chest and Neck
It is so important to begin with the chest and neck! The purpose of the massage is to promote drainage of the toxins from the face, and these will flow from the face down the neck and into the rest of the body through the lymph nodes under the ear. So if those channels are not clear, then the blockage is much harder to flow and circulate out of the system.
Forehead and Cheeks
2. Lower Forehead:
3. Wrinkle Target:
4. Upper Cheek:
Take the corner of the Guasha tool and place it an inch below the inner corner of the eye. Move in a sweeping motion (first down and then up) along the cheekbone towards the ear slowly. Repeat 10 times on each side of the face
5. Lower cheek:
Place the tool next to the upper nostril indentation and move sweeping outwards again. This time move the tool below the cheekbone and across the lower cheek fat to sweep up again towards the ear. Move more firmly in the upward motion across the cheek fat to reduce swelling and promote circulation to the area, as lower cheeks have a tendency to stagnate drainage towards the lymph nodes.
6. Targeting the Naso-labial Fold (Smile Lines):
Set the tool perpendicular to the mouth, and right next to the corner of the lips. Press firmly and stroke upwards towards the bottom of the ear in short strokes, much like the forehead wrinkles. If you’re lips are not sensitive, you can even start at the center of the mouth under the philtrum and move out towards the corner of the mouth before continuing.
Eyes and Nose
2. Inner Eyes:
3. Under Eye:
2. Double Chin Target:
If there are any areas of the face that you feel need more help draining or to increase circulation, this would be the time to repeat the motions. However, make sure to end each of these repetitions with an extra movement down the side of the neck, bringing the toxins further away from the face and promoting cellular regeneration while simultaneously preventing any new blockage in the body’s lymphatic channels.