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Amidst the chaos of daily life, our muscles often bear the brunt, becoming tight and knotted, causing discomfort and restricting mobility. Herein lies the potency of Gua Sha - as a natural and gentle remedy to release tension and restore balance within.

Gua Sha, which translates to "scraping away illness," is historically known for its diverse health benefits, one of its remarkable contemporary applications lies in its ability to effectively alleviate muscle tension.  

By harnessing the principles of muscle relaxation, improved blood circulation and the release of stagnant energy, Gua Sha serves as a gateway to untangle the knots of tension that inhibit our physical well-being. Its gentle yet deliberate motions across specific muscle groups offer not only relief but a pathway to relaxation and revitalisation.

Gua Sha Techniques for Muscle Tension Relief

 Gua Sha involves gentle scraping along the skin's surface, which helps stimulate microcirculation and relaxes the muscles. In the jaw and face, where tension often accumulates due to stress, clenching, or poor posture, this technique targets these areas directly.

By focusing on specific pressure points related to facial muscles, Gua Sha encourages relaxation. The tool's gentle pressure on these points triggers a response, helping release built-up tension and promoting a soothing effect.


Pain in the jaw can stem from many varying factors including teeth grinding, TMJ, stress, poor posture or even arthritis. When using Gua Sha on the jaw, start from the chin and gently scrape towards the ears along the jawline. This technique aims to relax tight masseter muscles, which can help to reduce tension and pain.

Temples & Forehead

The facial muscles responsible for frowning or furrowing the brow, can become strained by stress and anxiety, often lead to tension in the forehead and temples. Gua Sha's light strokes on these areas promote blood circulation and coax the facial muscles into relaxation, offering relief from the strain caused by stressors in our daily lives.

More ways the Bian Stone Gua Sha can relieve Muscle Tension

Heat Dispersion + Mineral Infusion

Bian Stone, a type of volcanic rock formed through geological processes, has the remarkable property of retaining and dispersing heat. This stone contains various minerals, including quartz, feldspar, and mica, which contribute to its ability to retain thermal energy. 

When the Bian Stone Gua Sha is applied to the skin, its inherent properties allow it to absorb and store body heat. As the stone comes into contact with the skin's surface, it absorbs the warmth from the body.

The stone's composition enables it to evenly disperse the absorbed heat along the area being treated. This gentle diffusion of warmth can aid in promoting blood circulation, relaxing muscles, and soothing the tissues.

Improved Blood Flow

The scraping motion of Gua Sha promotes blood flow, delivering oxygen and nutrients to the facial muscles. Increased circulation helps relax tense muscles, reducing discomfort and promoting a feeling of relief.

Oxygen + Nutrient Delivery

Improved blood flow ensures a better supply of oxygen and nutrients to the muscles. This influx of essential elements supports muscle relaxation, reducing tension.

Lymphatic Drainage

Gua Sha aids in the drainage of lymphatic fluid, which can accumulate in facial tissues. This process reduces puffiness and swelling, common side effects of tension, and assists in eliminating toxins that contribute to muscle tightness.

Activation of Parasympathetic Nervous System

The rhythmic, repetitive strokes of Gua Sha can induce a relaxation response. This activation of the parasympathetic nervous system promotes a sense of calmness, reducing overall muscle tension caused by stress or anxiety.


Consistency is key. Incorporating Gua Sha into a routine gradually reduces tension build-up in facial muscles. Regular use can contribute to a sustained decrease in jaw clenching or facial muscle tightness.

Images captured by Brooke Elizabeth Photography 

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