Bedtime Gua Sha: Sleep well with Hayo’u

The Hayo’u Method is the only brand translating the wonderful but complex wisdom of Chinese medicine into simple practices and tools that can help with our stressful and sedentary lifestyles.

The thing with stress is that it puts your nervous system into fight or flight mode. When this happens your body can’t switch into the parasympathetic or rest phase making it difficult to fall asleep or remain sleeping for the whole night.

Chinese Medicine can help with all of this. Simply try this simple bedtime routine and see the positive impacts it has on your sleep quality.

Step 1: Mineral Bathing

Taking a bath with added minerals before your evening gua sha regime helps to drain the lymph and calms the emotions, further improving the detoxification process which is essential for a good night’s sleep. The Mineral Bath from Hayo’u is full of powerful ingredients which aid sleep such as magnesium, lavender and frankincense. Simply add a handful of the crystals to a warm bath and soak for at least 20 minutes while breathing deeply to prepare your body for sleep. If you don’t have a bath, then you can still practice the ritual with a footbath as the feet are connected to 10 different zones within the body.

Hayo’u Mineral Bath £42.00

Step 2: Body gua sha

Studies have shown that body gua sha effectively activates your body’s rest phase, so it is a great ritual to practice before bed.

Warm the aromatic Hayo’u Body Oil between your palms and massage into your chest, shoulders and neck. The oil contains ingredients that will leave you feeling deeply relaxed such as chamomile, sweet almond and ylang-ylang.

Once you have massaged in the Body Oil it’s time to get started with the Hayo’u Body Restorer. Use the curved edge of the tool to press stroke across your body 6-10 times across the chest, neck and shoulder. When you gua sha with the Body Restorer the area will flush (The sha in ‘gua sha’ means to flush so that’s what you want to happen) as oxygenated blood is brought up to the skin's surface. The massaging sensation will signal your body to enter parasympathetic rest phase making it easier for you to fall asleep.

You can also use the Hayo’u body restorer on the soles of your feet to ensure the rest phase is engaged all over your body. Simply use the pointed edge of the tool to trace a figure of eight on your sole for six repetitions.

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Practising these rituals in the evening for a quality night’s sleep that will leave you feeling refreshed and recharged when you wake.

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