What is gua sha?
Gua Sha is a healing technique that involves scraping of the skin to promote circulation and improve stagnant energy in the body. It is a different approach to improved health by assisting with chronic pain and inflammation.
With the use of a specific smooth edged gua sha tool, strokes are made across the skin that stimulate microcirulcation of the soft tissue. This causes the skin to redden and potentially cause bruise like markings (ecchymosis), which in turn stimulate the body’s healing process.
Oil is applied to the affected area and the gua sha tool is repeatedly scraped across the skin. Mild pressure is applied and gradual increases in pressure are applied depending on the patient’s tolerance.
What are the benefits of gua sha?
Gua sha assists with the reduction of inflammation and is used for relieving symptoms of conditions such as:
Joint and muscle pain
Cold and flu