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Gua Sha has taken over the internet by storm. With this new beauty trend, people have started to find out more about similar techniques. Often, Gua Sha and Graston are being compared with one another. So, how do these two techniques actually differ?
Gua Sha is an ancient Chinese massage technique that triggers the lymphatic system in the muscles. This helps in enhancing lymphatic drainage that flushes out toxins. Gua Sha is a flat crescent-shaped stone, and the most popular crystals used for Gua Sha stones are Rose Quartz and Xiu Jade.
The Graston Technique was invented by David Graston in 1994. A steel tool is used to scrape the body. Graston focuses on pulled ligaments and restricted muscle movement, to mitigate inflammation in the body. It works by breaking up the soft tissue fibrosis. It breaks the adhesions in the muscles, which eventually heal.
The results of Gua Sha and Graston are similar. However, the process of the massage might vary.
Even though the outcomes are similar, both techniques serve different purposes. Gua Sha is more suitable for facial massages, neck pain, back pain, headaches, and cellulite. The Graston Technique is more ideal for strained muscles and improving overall mobility.