𝐺𝑢𝑎 𝑆ℎ𝑎 𝑖𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑝𝑟𝑎𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑐𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑢𝑠𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑎 𝑡𝑜𝑜𝑙 𝑡𝑜 𝑠𝑐𝑟𝑎𝑝𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑠𝑘𝑖𝑛 𝑡𝑜 𝑟𝑒𝑙𝑖𝑒𝑣𝑒 𝑝𝑎𝑖𝑛 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑡𝑒𝑛𝑠𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑏𝑦 𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑚𝑜𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑚𝑜𝑣𝑒𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑜𝑓 𝑠𝑡𝑢𝑐𝑘 𝑄𝑖 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑏𝑙𝑜𝑜𝑑 𝑐𝑖𝑟𝑐𝑢𝑙𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛.
The term “Gua Sha” comes from the chinese word for scraping. “Gua” means to scrape and “sha” the release of tension or energy in the body that can be noticed on the skin as small red dots. This is knowns in the west as Petechiae.
It has been used for centuries throughout Asia to relieve chronic or acute musculoskeletal pain, improve circulation and reduce inflammation, support the immune system, address upper respiratory illnesses, and release tension in areas where there is restricted movement.
When there is tension or injury to the body, Qi can become blocked, therefore causing pain and discomfort. Performing gua sha helps to move stagnated blood and toxins to relieve symptoms and support the healing process. It helps to stimulate an anti-inflammatory and immune response.
Traditional East Asian medicine views blood stasis or stagnation as a cause of pain and illness. Gua Sha is often times used as a diagnostic tool.
The sha tells us important information about the body by its location and characteristics:
- PURPLE OR VERY DARK suggests long-standing blood stagnation and perhaps a chronic painful problem.
- DARK RED suggests stagnation and heat. The skin in that area may feel hot to touch as the heat is released.
- RED usually means environmental pathogens like wind, cold or pollutants have become stuck in the river system and there may be some related symptoms of pain or discomfort.
- PALE points to a weakness in the flow of blood in the body. A problem of stagnation exists but the blood is not strong enough to rise up to the skin level.
- FADING If the marks on the skin are easy to fade, it suggests that circulation is improved. If not, there could be a more deep-seated weakness and you may have to help the person strengthen.
𝐺𝑢𝑎 𝑆ℎ𝑎 ℎ𝑎𝑠 𝑚𝑎𝑛𝑦 𝑏𝑒𝑛𝑒𝑓𝑖𝑡𝑠 𝑖𝑛𝑐𝑙𝑢𝑑𝑖𝑛𝑔:
🔴𝑅𝑒𝑙𝑖𝑒𝑣𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑝𝑎𝑖𝑛 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑜𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑢𝑠𝑒
🔴𝐼𝑛𝑒𝑥𝑝𝑙𝑖𝑐𝑎𝑏𝑙𝑒 𝑚𝑦𝑜𝑓𝑎𝑠𝑐𝑖𝑎𝑙 𝑝𝑎𝑖𝑛
🔴𝐴𝑛𝑑 𝑝𝑎𝑖𝑛 𝑑𝑢𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑝𝑎𝑠𝑡 𝑖𝑛𝑗𝑢𝑟𝑖𝑒𝑠
𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑢𝑙𝑡𝑠 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑎 𝑔𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑡 𝑟𝑒𝑙𝑖𝑒𝑓 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑝𝑎𝑖𝑛 𝑎𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑡𝑒𝑛𝑠𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑟𝑒𝑙𝑒𝑎𝑠𝑒𝑠!
Is it painful?
It can be performed very light to deeper depending on the goal of the treatment. However, we always want to keep the comfort of the receiver in mind. While some areas where there is a lot of tension might be uncomfortable, our goal is for it to not be painful.
How long will the marks last?
Depending on the condition of the tissue, marks can last a few days. The quicker they dissipate the better the circulation. Over time as circulation improves the mark skin last less and less.
Are the marks bruises?
NO. The marks are simply indication of Sha being released. A bruise is caused by a blunt trauma/injury to an area therefore causing blood to pull.
Many of our clients have felt the benefits of receiving Gua Sha. You too can feel the results as tension releases!