What is Gua sha?
Gua sha is a scraping massage technique, which makes use of a massage tool, such as a piece of jade, to improve circulation and aid the body in removing build-up of impure substances trapped in the muscle. It can be effective in treating chronic pain.
Examples of what Gua sha might help with:
With short or long strokes, the Gua sha technique is used to stimulate microcirculation of the soft tissue, thus increasing blood flow and Qi to the area. This in turn removes inflammation and promotes healing. Gua sha is usually performed on large muscle areas, such as the back, legs and arms, but can also be performed on the face.
- Chronic pain; such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, muscle pain, neck pain
- Chronic stagnation or inflammation; such as liver inflammation (Hep B), migraines, breast engorgement
Is Gua sha safe?
Yes, although, due to the scraping and rubbing of the skin from the gua tool, it may cause light bruising or bleeding of the skin. Some patients experience temporary indentation of the skin. These symptoms will usually disappear within a few days. Patients taking blood thinning medication or that have blood clotting disorders, may not be good candidates for Gua sha.