Gua Sha

Gua sha therapy is a healing technique used by practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is the gentle “scraping” of the skin with a smooth-edged tool and massage oil to draw out trapped toxins. The therapy causes small red spots on the skin called "sha" that will fade in two to three days. Gua sha restores the circulation and qi flow to the areas that are treated. It only brings to the surface what is trapped below. If there is no stagnation in the tissue underneath, there will be no surface marks on the skin above.

Gua sha is often combined with acupuncture or massage and is used primarily on the back, neck, shoulder, and chest, but can also be applied to arms, legs and joints. The patient experiences immediategua sha relief from pain, stiffness, fever, chill, cough and nausea. Gua Sha is useful for the type of pain that is helped by massage but immediately returns, such as chronic pain, sudden stiff neck, awakening with a kink in the body and pains that come and go. Gua sha is also valuable in the prevention and treatment of acute infectious illnesses, upper respiratory problems, digestive problems and many other disorders.