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After Gua Sha started to gain attention on social media, people started to look for alternatives to it. Chinese medicine has a rich history of different massage practices, with different purposes and techniques. As they differ, you will have to find the one that meets your needs.
As such, some people are thinking of Tui Na massage as an alternative for Gua Sha. However, there is a considerable difference between the two.
Gua Sha is a massage performed with crystal stones like jade and rose quartz. Tools like a flat stone or roller are used to roll or glide over your face. This enhances lymphatic drainage to drain toxins from your skin. The benefits of Gua Sha include healthier skin, a more-lifted face and reduced puffiness.
On the other hand, Tui Na is an ancient Chinese body massage that aims to correct the qi (energy) imbalance. This massage technique balances the yin and yang in your body. Tui Na massage releases muscle tension, improves blood flow, and combats many ailments, including digestion and respiratory problems.
It is difficult to compare Gua Sha and Tui Na as they are different in nature. Tui Na face massage is rarely heard of as Tui Na focuses on the body and overall health. Nonetheless, we came up with a comparison between both techniques.
Is Gua Sha bad for body massage? No, Gua Sha can still be used for headaches, neck pain, and back pain. However, Tui Na is more effective for conditions like backache, fatigue, musculoskeletal disorders, insomnia and digestive problems.
For the face, Gua Sha serves as an excellent massage. It sculpts your face and promotes healthier skin. In conclusion, we would say that both massages have different purposes and cannot be used as an alternative for one another.