Gua Sha is a popular form of deep tissue massage used by many Chinese practitioners.
Q: What is gua sha?
A: Gua Sha is a popular form of deep tissue massage used by many Chinese practitioners where a unique massage tool that looks like a piece of stone is used on specific areas of the body or muscles. This method is used to promote blood flow to the area to eliminate waste products that is disrupting the free flow of qi and blood in the meridians, therefore causing a variety of symptoms. Gua sha, literally translated in Chinese, means scrape bruise to cause local inflammation to get rid of bad elements in the area so it can aid in the healing process.
Q: What should I expect from the treatment?
A: During the treatment, you would feel like scraping sensation on your skin for a few minutes until the bruising appears and your skin may look purplish to reddish depending on how severe your condition is. This method may cause a little pain depending on your pain tolerance. It is common to feel soreness in the treated area, but the soreness would go away in a few days to weeks.