Today I will be traveling to Halifax to start my training for Gua Sha Therapy. It is an interesting treatment that helps with hypertonicity of the fascia and Myofascial Trigger points with associated build-up of toxins in the soft tissue. Gua sha is an ancient healing technique that is really effective to help blood circulation. 'Gua' means to scrape and 'Sha' means sand, because the sha rash that appears is like a sand-like texture right on the skin.
During a session, lubricating 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 pain. This stroking motion creates raised redness (petechiae). The body begins the process of re-absorbing 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.
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 bluish or even black. This is because the blood has been stagnant for an extended period. Gua sha is most commonly used to treat pain and address conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, colds, flu, fever, heatstroke, fibromyalgia, strains, sprains, and muscle spasms.
Stay tuned for more information in the future once I begin my training