Facial Massage for Lymph Drainage

We are sure by now, you have seen these tools all over the beauty world and is an amazing skin boosting technique Gua sha is a traditional East Asian and Chinese technique used to promote, circulation and remove stagnant toxin build-up in the body. It is used gently on the skin of the face.

Gua means scrape and sha means sand, and this practice has been used for thousands of years. It is also the perfect add on to any beauty facial, to really boost up the clients treatment!

How to: Apply a facial oil or serum (anywhere from 4-10 drops). Hold the gua sha tool with the curved side to your face and glide it gently up and out, starting with the neck, jawline, chin and around the mouth, between three and five times per area. Always take short strokes in just one direction, not back and forth. Next, press the tool flat to the skin, under the eyes or over any redness, to soothe and de-puff. Sweep from the middle of your face out to your earlobe, keeping your tool flat. If you’d like, hold the skin under your chin with your other thumb as you glide the tool back to your earlobe in the opposite direction. Sweep under your cheekbone, really picking up a lot of fluid that tends to be stored here, and direct it toward your hairline. You can lightly and gently jiggle your tool at your hairline. Work the tool in small horizontal strokes over the brow bone to lift, or hold and press upwards between the brows to release tension. Very gently sweep under the eye area. The muscle contracts in this direction and the lymph has little rivers flowing down from the eyes all the way from the inner corner of the eye to the outer corner Stroke down the neck, never upwards, to drain fluid. if you want to reduce puffiness, work lightly, then more firmly, to relax muscles.

Tips to make the most of your practice: Sweep each area at minimum three times. For a longer practice, sweep up to 10 times. Keep your tool almost flat to your skin (about 15 degrees) rather than having the edge of the tool at 90 degrees to your skin. When your tool starts to drag or pull on your skin, add a little more oil for better slip. Have you tried this technique before? #edenspa