Gua Sha Overview
In Gua Sha a technician scrapes the skin with short or long strokes to stimulate microcirculation of the soft tissue, increasing blood flow. It is done with a smooth-edged instrument known as a Gua massage tool. Gua Sha is intended to address stagnant energy or chi that is believed to be responsible for inflammation. Inflammation is an underlying cause of several chronic conditions associated with chronic pain. Rubbing the surface of the skin is thought to break up energy, reduce inflammation, and promote healing. It can be performed on legs, buttocks, back, neck, and arms. Gua Sha is used for treating ailments that cause chronic pain. Examples include arthritis, fibromyalgia, and those that trigger muscle and joint pain.
It is a natural healing remedy and is safe. While this is not supposed to be painful it can change the appearance of the skin. The rubbing or scraping of the skin with a massage tool can cause tiny blood vessels known as capillaries near the surface of the skin to burst. This can result in skin bruising and minor bleeding but usually disappears within a couple of days or a week. It can also cause a temporary indentation of the skin.
Not for people who have had recent surgery up to six weeks, taking blood thinners, or have clotting disorders.