Gua sha is an ancient Chinese practice that is believed to promote the flow of "chi", or energy, through the skin. The technique involves gently rubbing the gua sha over the neck and face in an upward sweeping motion.
Theoretically, the pressure applied to the skin via the gua sha tool causes a level of friction that improves circulation and increases blood flow to the area, says Raman Madan, MD, a board-certified dermatologist at Huntington Hospital in New York City. The belief is that increased blood flow can provide many benefits to the skin, such as increased collagen production, as well as reduced puffiness, hyperpigmentation, and muscle tension.
This massage technique moves lymphatic fluids and breaks down tension in muscles. That means improved blood flow and less puffiness. The increase in circulation is said to up hydration for that coveted youthful glow, and it even helps the skin to naturally purge blemish-causing dirt and oils.
This Gua sha is made in Dalmatian jasper, a natural stone known to reconnect us with our playful nature and to balance Yin and Yang. It can help to promote positivity, happiness and a childlike playfulness.
Text and information taken from Prevention.com