Combing the body is a very old tradition, dating back thousands of years, originating in ancient China. It was practiced daily as a form of Gua Sha using a variety of tools. Mainly a crystal comb or Gua Sha crystal tool (shaped like a triangle). They were performed by the rich and powerful to maintain their vitality, strength and appearance
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (where Gua Sha originated), there are many daily practices designed to maintain your health, well-being, beauty and prevent disease. These rituals are becoming increasingly popular today and have stood the test of time.
Daily use of a Gua Sha tool on the body and face is said to activate the Qi and Blood (energy and circulation of the body and internal organs). The face reflects the state of your inner health in traditional Chinese thought. By keeping energy and blood circulating around the body, it invigorates and promotes youthful skin and a healthy complexion
Tui Na (a form of traditional Chinese medicinal massage) uses combing of the body by stimulating the acupuncture channels of the limbs and scalp. Many Chinese still practice these rituals on themselves daily to increase their longevity and well-being.
Modern research on Gua Sha has shown that it increases microcirculation by 400% during and after a treatment and the effects last at least 25 minutes after the treatment. Gua Sha treatments can relieve pain in the treated area and, in many cases, in the surrounding tissues. (1)
Introducing body combing into your daily beauty rituals tones and tightens the skin. It is very useful for toning the body, neck and face, eliminating toxins and preventing sagging. The coolness and properties of the crystals also close and tighten the pores.
Perform body combing on the limbs
- Just start by rubbing the Organic Stretch Marks & Cellulite Serum from the bottom of the limbs up onto the body.
- Always start on the right side of the body – when you’re done, repeat on the left side of the body.
- Always swipe up, never down.
- Work inwards from the outside of the body. (outer leg to inner leg) – It is important to work with vascular and lymphatic drainage in any form of massage to avoid blood pooling in the limbs.
- Use the comb carefully!
- Starting on the outside of the legs from the outside right ankle.
- Using the pointed end of the gua sha or gua sha comb, gently massage in circular motions straight up towards the knee and repeat the work towards the inside of the leg.
- Repeat on all areas on the right side of the body, working up the body and then on the left side. Traditionally, energy has been thought to circulate from the right side of the body to the left, and it is believed that you get better results this way.
- You can also repeat the stroking motion with the other side of the comb (the smooth side or the smooth side of the gua sha)!
How to use the crystal comb on the scalp:
- First, use the pointed end of the gua sha comb on the right side of the scalp.
- Start at the front of the hairline and work your way back to the nape of the neck.
- When you have completed this movement, return to the front of the hairline and start a little closer to the midline of the scalp and work your way back towards the nape of the neck.
- Keep repeating this until you reach the center line, then repeat on the left side.
- The most important point to remember is to work from front to back.
Combing the body can be done with a crystal comb or a crystal gua sha tool. It only takes a few minutes a day. It can also be followed or alternated daily with body cupping and the intense (spiky) jade roller and 14-day microneedling sessions.
There are 12 acupuncture channels that circulate throughout the body. Using this technique on the arms, legs, and scalp, all of the body’s major channels can be stimulated for better health.
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1. Nielsen A et al. (2007). The effect of Gua Sha treatment on superficial tissue microcirculation: a pilot study in healthy subjects. Discover (NY). Sep-Oct;3(5):456-66