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15 Aug '17

How to Adjust Your Ying Yu Jade Roller to Roll Smoothly and Quietly

You received your jade roller, unpack it, and realize that it doesn't roll smoothly.  It seems "stiff" and like something is stuck.  Or it makes a lot of squeaking noise. 

Every jade roller is checked to make sure it is in good condition, rolls smoothly and quietly before we pack it to ship to  you.  But sometimes something happens in transit.  Perhaps the mail carrier left them in the heat for a long time, or they went through a combination of cold-hot-wet-dry weather, and the metal parts expanded or changed. 

There's nothing "wrong" with it.  We include an information sheet about how to adjust your jade roller.  They are made by hand by our jade carver in China, and you might want it to roll more smoothly, or you might want it to not roll smoothly because you are working on tight body areas.  If you didn't see the information sheet, here's a video about how to easily adjust your jade roller.



08 Jul '17

Ying Yu Jade Gua Sha Tool with Comb for your Scalp and Brain Health

One of the jade gua sha tools is getting more attention the past few months.  It's the tool that has a "comb" on one edge.

Jade combs are not really made for combing your hair.  They are meant for stimulating your scalp.  I keep one on my night stand and use it every morning before I get up, running the "comb" points over my scalp.  This use stimulates the scalp and can improve hair growth, especially as you age.  It also stimulates your brain.  What could be more wonderful than a dose of jade on your brain, first thing in the morning!

When the hot summer weather started here in central Florida in May, and I was getting my hair cut by my regular stylist, I told her I wanted to keep it long enough to wear it in a clip, or band "pony tail style".  She suggested I not clip it near the top of my hair because my hair was thinning and wearing a clip would make my hair loss more prominent.  That's when I ordered more of these jade gua sha tools with the comb from my jade carver.  I keep it handy in the bathroom near my hair styling tools, and use the comb part to stimulate my scalp, being careful to not pull hair out, but to feel the "teeth" on my head.  It really does feel good to use jade to stimulate my scalp, so I do it a couple of times each day.  It looks like my  scalp doesn't show as much as it used to. 

There's a video on the jade gua sha tool with comb product page.  Click on the comb photo above.  Take a look!  This is good for everyone.



28 May '17

What Goes with Jade? Beautiful natural Chinese pearls!

I often get asked "what goes with the jade I love to wear?"   The answer: Chinese pearls. 

When I was exploring the southern area of China near the Burma (Myanmar) border, I saw so many pearl farms near the coastal regions.  Next to jade, I think pearls are China's favorite gem, also. 

And they looks so lovely together.

When I went to the Hongshao Pearl market in Beijing, there were many pearls, and jade and pearls jewelry.  Since most people who wear jade are wearing jade bangle bracelets, I decided "something" for the neckline would be great, and pearls, pearls and jade are perfect. So I showed the seller in the Market what kind of necklaces I would like.  She made a call, and suddenly a lot of workers showed up to make them for me while I waited.  Of course, I explored the Market while I was waiting because there are a lot of items other than jade, pearls there, including a lot of (fake) antique items.

But I spent a lot of time watching the workers make the special pearl necklaces for Ying Yu Jade, tying a knot between each pearl on the silk thread used.  Most of these have sold out on YYJ web site, but a few remain.  The workers also made pearl stud earrings, that are available, still a substantial quantity.

The pearls on YYJ are genuine real pearls.  They are natural color and haven't been treated like many of the pearls I saw in local tourist shops. 

Pearls are "yin", feminine and have their energy, too.  They are related to the lung meridian, with emotional energy for keeping memories, dealing with grief and loss, wisdom and compassion.

Visit the Pearls Collection to find jade and pearls made exclusively for Ying Yu Jade.

26 Apr '17

Jade Gua Sha Scraping Stone Massage Tools

Posted by Ying Yu Jade

Jade gua sha tools have been used for centuries in China and Asia for health and healing.

My first experience with jade gua sha was on my first trip to China by myself, not with a group.  I had scheduled with the hotel in Beijing to provide a Chinese medicine doctor to help me get over jet lag when I arrived.  I met him at the front desk, and while we were being introduced, the doctor took a piece of jade out of his pocket and started scraping it on the back of my neck.  He said I looked like I had been exposed to germs or virus, and wanted to clear that up first.  He had scraped the area at the top of my spine, in one direction, until I couldn't stand the pain any more, and that's when he said "done".  And I felt amazingly better.  However, the scraping raises the "sha", the blood, and it looked like I had a big bruise, that lasted about three days. But when I was on the streets of Beijing, local Chinese people pointed at me and smiled approvingly for accepting one of the most helpful traditions.

Using gua sha tools isn't usually something done by Chinese doctors. We western people keep aspirin, cold remedies in our medicine cabinets to use when we are not feeling well.  The Chinese people pull out a gua sha tool and scrape a body part.  Raising the "sha" unblocks the qi that is stuck, and when it flows smoothly, health returns.

The doctor and I became friends.  He taught me taiji (tai chi) and qigong in exchange for my teaching him yoga and Reiki.  We found a jade  seller in Dandong, who took us to a jade carver in Xiuyan.  My doctor friend told him several styles to carve, and I started selling jade gua sha tools here in America, one of the very first sellers. 

Unfortunately, some sellers are promoting jade gua sha tools as wrinkle removers for the face.  That is a terrible error.  Using the gua sha tools on the face breaks the small blood veins in the face that can cause permanent discoloration.  If you want a jade wrinkle reducer, use jade rollers.

The legend of the jade gua sha tool is that during the Cultural Revolution in China, the professional Chinese doctors were either murdered or sent to be with the peasants.  They had none of their Chinese herbs or healing tools with them.  But they were able to get flat stones of jade to use on sick people.  The jade gua sha tools were not the nicely carved ones you see today.  They always had scrapes on them, chips or cracks, because if they appeared to have value, they were taken away from the doctor.  My doctor friend was a Barefoot Doctor, as they were called, near the end of the Cultural Revolution, and he still preferred the natural healing method of gua sha therapy. 

The jade carver we found to make the jade gua sha tools for Ying Yu Jade web site was a traditional jade carver, so although he could make smoothly polished tools, he always added a mark to them, to remain traditional.  The mark is usually a scratch or scrape through the flat surface.  It took me 13 years to convince him to make them smooth, but every now and again, he surprises me with the "marked" tools.

The jade gua sha tools are different shapes and sizes.  So choose the one(s) that appeal to you, that you think you would be comfortable using.  Most people choose several styles, so they can be flexible with how they use them.  When you purchase from Ying Yu Jade, I include a basic information sheet about using gua sha.

And of course they are natural and genuine Chinese jade, the kind of jade used for centuries.

05 Mar '17

Treat Restless Leg Naturally, Include Using a Ying Yu Jade Acupressure Roller

Posted by Ying Yu Jade

Restless leg can be painful as well as annoying.  Here are natural methods to help treat restless legs.

Restless legs often start when you are sitting and trying to be "composed".  Then the legs start twitching,  you might start tapping your foot, wiggling your legs.  Or you're laying in bed, and the restless legs start. Sometimes you get out of bed, walk around, and then think that helped.  Or you move to another bed and move those legs forcefully to try to settle them.

Some people try putting a bar of soap at the end of the bed near their feet.  While the soap itself probably doesn't help, the placebo effect might.

Here are two more suggestions:

1.  When you feel your restless legs, lay flat on your back.  Slowly point your toes straight up, then pull your foot, with your toes still pointed, back toward your head as far as you can.  You will feel a stretch in the back of your calf.  Hold it for 10 seconds, then relax the calf muscle. Take a deep, slow breath.   Repeat 10 more times, each time pulling the calf muscle as tight as possible, but without hurting yourself.

2. Use a Ying Yu Jade acupressure roller on your legs when you feel the restlessness starting.  Roll it slowly over each leg, including thighs, calves and both sides of the foot.

You can follow the acupressure roller treatment with the muscle stretching in the above (#1) technique. 

And then use the acupressure jade roller to finish. 

Another technique that is helpful for restless leg is Yoga Nidra.  If you have a smartphone you can use an app that is helpful for learning because when your legs are restless, it can be difficult to focus.  The app with instructions helps you center the technique.

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