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A specialized fascial treatment
Gua Sha Therapy
Gua sha is an ancient healing technique and is part of the study and application of Chinese Medicine; while using the techniques that are within the Massage Therapy scope of practice. The two main functions of this therapy is : Detoxification & Cell Nourishment
'Gua' means to scrape and 'Sha' means sand, because the sha rash that appears is like a sand-like texture right on the skin. With ancient origins and extensive development, Gua Sha therapy has been practiced consistently for thousands of years.
Pain in the body is often caused by the stagnation of blood in the local area of discomfort. The guiding principle behind gua sha is that this technique has the ability to break-up stagnation, to promote efficient flow of blood and nutrients in the area, thereby relieving the pain. The petechiae that result when gua sha is applied to an area of chronic pain or injury will often appear afterwards as reddish and even purple rash-like. This is because the blood has been stagnant for an extended period. By letting the body get rid of this old stagnant blood, new and healthier blood cells can be created. Once the body releases excess waste, it can then allow new cells to efficiently absorb more nutrients.
Gua Sha is most commonly used to treat pain and address conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, fever, fibromyalgia, strains, sprains, and muscle spasms.
What is a treatment like?
During a session, oil is applied to the skin and a smooth-edged instrument is used to apply short strokes on the skin, typically in the area of trigger points/restrictions and/or following meridian lines. I use a blend of jojoba oil, coconut oil and copaiba essential oil. This stroking motion creates raised redness (petechiae). The body begins the process of reabsorbing these petechiaes immediately and it is this process of re-absorption, along with a dramatic increase in local circulation, which results in the anti-inflammatory, immune-stimulating, and pain-relieving benefits of gua sha.
The sha usually fades within 2 to 4 days. If it takes longer to fade, this often indicates poor blood circulation. With continuous Gua Sha treatments, the sha will start to fade faster which will be a good sign since it’s an indication of better blood circulation
What tools are used?
The most commonly used tool is called a “gua sha ban” and is usually made from:
* Horned animal bone