Living Libations | Gua Sha Stylus
Living Libations Gua Sha Sculpting Stylus is savvily styled to give sweet release to any and all of the 361 pressure points on the face and body. Acupressure employs the ancient art of acupuncture without the necessity of needles to restore harmonious balance and homeostasis to your inner life and beauty.
Scrupulously sculpted, the pen-shaped part of the Gua Sha Sculpting Stylus triggers acupressure and reflexology points with small slow circles, and the rounded, spoon side is an easy-to-hold shape that can be used for a full-face massage, such as Gua Sha.
Living Libations designed our stylus in both Nephrite Jade and Crystal Quartz packaged in protective cotton drawstring bags.
Wonderfully weighty and poshly polished, Living Libations Nephrite Jade Stylus looks like classically green jade jewelry, feels good in the hand, and is more dense than delicate. Nephrite jade stone is the art and healing stone of the East and is believed to promote metaphysical and emotional well-being. It is an iron, calcium, and magnesium-rich mineral, and the natural energy of the stone may enhance its therapeutic capacity. Nephrite’s name is derived from lapis nephriticus, which is Latin for “kidney stone” as it was believed to have an affinity the kidney and related regions.
The cool Crystal Quartz Stylus is light and luminous with a silky-smooth finish. Crystal quartz stones are prismatic crystals of silicon and oxygen compressed by geologic forces into hardened, sparkling light. Throughout history, the innate magical, reflective colors of quartz stones have attracted the healing arts because quartz naturally amplifies energy and seems to transpose its light onto the human receiver.
Clear Quartz Crystal or Jade.
Clean with the Illume Hand Sanitizer, or lukewarm soapy water to clean and polish dry with a soft cloth after use.
The Woo-Woo and How-to of Reflexology
Acupressure and reflexology is the practice of stimulating the same pressure points that are targeted by acupuncture. The face and body are covered with informational pathways frequently called meridians, and a variety of factors can cause sluggishness or blocks in these pathways. There are 361 points on the body that offer access to these pathways, and applying pressure to them can free blockages and optimize information flow. Various points on the body can improve the skin’s elasticity and firmness, ease puffiness, relax taut facial muscles that contribute to wrinkles, resolve common skin issues, and get the glow flowing.
While this tradition and treatment was introduced in the ancient East, much of modern medicine has come on board and believes that applying pressure to pressure points stimulates the nervous system thus releasing endogenous neurochemical-communications from the brain, gut, spinal cord, or muscles and this initiates the body’s natural healing abilities.
Get to the Point
There are two ends to our Reflexology Sculpting Stylus: the rounded spoon end and the smaller pen-shaped end. Use the smaller end to stimulate the small pressure points (such as Iris), and the rounded spoon end to deep release the larger points (such as Stomach 6) and to sculpt the face as a Gua Sha tool.
Follow the flow and let your skin guide you to the feel of the release points. There is no optimal or set amount of time or pressure that one should use at each point. Once you start practicing, you will learn from your body what you need. As a beginner, start with gentle pressure and hold it for a moment. Some people like to stimulate points using a circular or jiggling motion, too.
As noted, there are 361 pressure points on the body and each one gets information and energy moving again. Online resources list all of the pressure points, and to help you get started we have listed a few of our face-forward favorites:
In a tiny spot between bone and connective tissue just before the wrist lies Lung 7, which improves skin elasticity. Find this spot by interlocking the thumb on one hand and the forefinger on the other; Lung 7 is the spot inside the arm where the tip of the forefinger sits.
The Heavenly Pillar pressure point is on the back of the neck where the trapezius muscles attach to the base of the skull about an inch away from the spine on both sides. This point relieves stress and inflammation and improves acne.
The spot directly between the eyebrows is called the Third Eye. This spot is an endocrine animator, and hormone balance is key for skin health. Feels great to release tension in the eyebrows.
Along the lower eye socket, just below the iris when looking straight ahead, there is a tiny notch in the bone and that is where the Iris (Stomach 2) pressure point is. This point improves skin smoothness and firmness around the eyes.
Place your fingers on your neck behind the curve of the jawbone in front of the neck muscles to find Celestial Countenance. This pressure point relaxes facial muscles, reduces swelling, and improves glow.
Stomach 5 and Stomach 6
These points are also located at the jaw. To find Stomach 6, locate the big chewing muscle at the jaw by clamping your teeth together. Stomach 6 is located right in the middle of that big muscle. To find Stomach 5, move your fingers just off that muscle toward the chin and along the jaw. Both of these points will release jaw tension, reduce inflammation, and improve sensitivity in the skin.
The pressure point for the temples sits in the soft spot just about the cheekbones. This spot is great to relieve eye puffiness and dark circles.
The Chin point sits in the natural indentation between the lower lip and the chin. This point relieves the effect of stress on the skin and revives dullness.