The Complete Guide Through the Gua Sha Massage

By PMUHub Editorial Team| Last updated on May 14, 2024

The gua sha massage is one of the easiest ways you can give yourself a useful and relaxing massage at home. Read all about it here!

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You’ve probably seen the gua sha massage by now. This treatment’s ever-increasing popularity can be attributed to two main factors: its simplicity and effectiveness.

So, in this guide, we’ll explain this treatment, its benefits, and the effects it can help you achieve, and show you how to do it at home!

So, let’s get right into it!

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How to Do a Gua Sha Facial at Home

You only need a small tool and face oil to perform a gua sha facial massage at home. Choose the best tool shape that suits you; any face oil will work.

Here’s how to do the massage itself:

  • Before starting, make sure your face, hands, and tools are all clean.
  • First, you have to open up your lymph nodes by gently pressing or pushing on the specific body parts like collar bones and behind your ears. This is crucial if you’re looking to actually drain your lymph by moving it through the working vessels.
  • Apply your oil – quite generously. You want the surface to be slippery enough so you’re not tugging your skin.
  • Glide the tool across your face as flat as you can, using pressure that feels comfortable (not too much so as not to cause a bruise). The pressure should be light to medium.
  • Support the skin with your other hand by holding it with your fingers – holding, not stretching!
  • Always start from the center part of your face and work towards the edges.

If you’re unsure about the direction you should be massaging in, you can find plenty of examples online. Just make sure it’s a reliable source. Here’s one of the examples:

How Often Should You Do a Gua Sha Massage?

Massage your face 1-2 times daily for best results. Two to three times a week is enough for the body, but you can do it more often if you have time.

Gua Sha Effects – What You Can Achieve

As promised, we’re going to take a look at some more specific benefits of gua sha facial massages. In this section, we’ll talk about the different effects this method can help you achieve, and share some tips and tricks on how to get results faster!

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Gua Sha Lymphatic Drainage

Lymphatic drainage is a massage technique that can help unclog the lymphatic system. It can reduce puffiness and bloating and break down fat and cellulite cells, resulting in glowing skin.

It helps minimize post-injury swelling and optimize liposuction results. It’s best to get it done professionally via the gua sha technique.

Gua Sha for Face Slimming

Gua Sha slimming can temporarily reduce facial swelling and tone your face. But it does not provide permanent results.

For a quick wake-up look, use a Gua Sha tool. For long-term slimming goals, explore non-invasive massage options like microcurrent facials.

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Gua Sha for Jawline Contouring

Although the gua sha massager cannot break down the excess fat that hides your jawline, it can promote collagen production, tightening the skin.

Therefore, although it cannot permanently alter the jawline, it can help with sagging skin.

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Gua Sha for Wrinkles

If you have noticeable wrinkles, gua sha cannot replace fillers or Botox, but regular gua sha massages can prevent new wrinkles and reduce the appearance of existing ones.

Gua Sha for Puffy Eyes

Stimulate lymphatic drainage and increase blood circulation to reduce puffiness around the eyes caused by crying, lack of sleep, or a hangover. For optimal results, use a cooled gua sha stone.

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Gua Sha Body Massage

Gua sha can be done on the body and face using a more significant tool for the neck and back region. The enormous tool has handy grips for your hand, while the smaller one is better suited for the neck region.

So, choose the one that works best for you.

How to Give Yourself a Gua Sha Body Massage

When it comes to giving yourself a gua sha massage, you’ll only be able to reach certain areas. So, to get the full effect, you can find a massage parlor that offers this service – it shouldn’t be too hard to find, given its popularity.

But, if you’re set on doing it yourself, here’s how you should go about it:

  • Clean the tool, your body, and hands.
  • Start by opening up the lymph nodes in the area you’re massaging.
  • Apply oil – this can either be a specialized massage oil or any other body oil you already have.
  • Glide the tool across your skin – keep it as flat as you can and don’t be afraid to apply pressure. It should feel like a deep-tissue massage. Stroke inwards.


If you’re doing the massage to alleviate any pain, you can go up to 30 strokes on that area. However, the more strokes you do, the more likely you are to leave a mark or bruise.

Gua Sha Body Massage Benefits

The benefits of Gua sha for the body are similar to those of facial massage. It can help reduce minor swelling and puffiness but should not cause any pain.

Gua sha is particularly useful for relieving muscle pains resulting from a workout or being in the same position for an extended period.

Gua Sha Side Effects & Contraindications

Before we finish, here are a few things to keep in mind when using a gua sha massager: 

  • Applying too much pressure can cause bruising, so go easy. 
  • Some mild tenderness and soreness after the massage are normal, but it shouldn’t last more than an hour. 
  • If you’re taking medication for blood clots, avoid gua sha, as it can affect circulation. 
  • If you’re unsure, consult with your doctor first.

The Gua Sha Massage – Main Takeaways

In summary, the gua sha massage is a simple and effective way to reduce muscle pain, swelling, and puffiness in your face. When it comes to making some more permanent changes to your appearance, the gua sha unfortunately won’t be enough.

But if you’re looking for an affordable massager that will make you feel better and is backed by years of tradition – gua sha is definitely worth a try!



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