WHAT IS GUA SHA?
Gua Sha is a traditional Chinese medical treatment where the skin is scraped to produce light petechiae. Gua sha is sometimes also called “scraping”, “spooning” or “coining” by English speakers. The treatment has also been called the descriptive French name, tribo effleurage.
The tools with which you scrape the skin can have different designs and are made of different materials, such as jade, rose quartz, buffalo horn and porcelain. For example, a Chinese soup box or coin, etc. can be used.
The treatment method is part of Chinese TCM and is several thousand years old.
HOW DOES GUA SHA WORK?
Gua sha works by releasing unhealthy bodily matter from blood stasis within sore, tired, stiff or injured muscle areas to stimulate new oxygenated blood flow to the areas, thus promoting metabolic cell repair, regeneration, healing and recovery.
HOW IS GUA SHA PERFORMED?
Gua sha involves repetitive pressed punches over lubricated skin with a smooth angular and blunt instrument. Skin is typically lubricated with massage oil or conditioner, and a ceramic Chinese soup spoon or blurry well-worn coin is often used, even honed animal bones, water buffalo horns or jade or even a simple metal cap with a blunt rounded edge is used.
In the case of fatigue from heavy manual labor, sometimes a ginger root in rice wine is used to rub the back from top to bottom.
The smooth edge is placed against the oiled skin surface, pressed down firmly, and then moved down the muscles — hence the term tribo-effleurage (ie, friction-stroking) —or along the pathway of the acupuncture meridians, along the surface of the skin, with each stroke being about 4-6 inches long.
Gua Sha is suitable for the treatment of:
• Frossen skulder
• Tennis, Golf-albue
Gua Sha is generally a very safe treatment. However, it is not recommended in the following conditions:
• All types of fractures, stretches, sprains as long as there is swelling
• Softer and people receiving anticoagulant medication
• Burns and sunburns
• Where skin is thin and sensitive
• All skin changes – eczema, ulcers etc.
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