Powered by Tejo


Gua Sha - East Asian Influences in Western Beauty

Roots, History, And Origins Of Gua Sha

Despite popular belief, gua sha isn’t a tool itself but a massage technique. The “gua” in gua sha is Chinese for “to scrape” while “sha” means sand, referring to the sand-like red marks left on the skin after massaging. Gua sha is thought to have originated in Ancient China. Records from as early as the Ming dynasty, in the 1300s, show medical practitioners using the technique. Gua sha is a traditional medical method of massage meant to relieve the individual of illness, tension, and excess heat.