At first sight, and to those unfamiliar with the ancient technique used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Gua Sha can be an alarming sight. What may look like painful bruising, is on the contrary, a surprisingly pleasing technique. Like cupping, it releases tension and promotes increased circulation of stagnant Chi and healing.
Gua, meaning “scratching, scraping or lifting”, while the bright red reaction is known as the release of Sha or petechiae, pronounced "pee-tee-kee-a", the stagnant energy or life force that causes the concern at hand.
As Gua Sha can help to reduce inflammation, it is often used to treat ailments that cause chronic pain, such as arthritis and fibromyalgia, as well as those that trigger muscle and joint pain. It can help to move toxins out, break up scar tissue and relieve tendonitis. Feel a cold coming on? Gua Sha is also know to boost immunity and shorten the duration when received on the onset.
In short sessions of 15 to 30min, using a special tool and repeated downward strokes on skin coated with an oil such as coconut or a Thai balm, clients report immediate relief and release. The markings begin fading shortly after the session however they may last anywhere from 2-7 days, 4 being most common.
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