What and how
In Gua sha, the therapist brushes the skin with alternating long or short strokes, which helps to refresh the soft tissues’ microcirculation. This helps to increase and enhance blood circulation. They make these long and short strokes with smooth-edged special instruments known as the Gua sha massage tools. The therapist then applies some massage oil for better treatment. Then he uses the tools in a repeated motion to scrape the skin in the downward direction.
Gua sha is mainly conducted on a person’s back, buttocks, legs, arms and neck. A more gentle version of Gua sha is even used on the face as a facial treatment. The therapist may apply low to mild pressure and gradually increase the intensity of force, depending on how much pressure you can handle.
Uses of Gua sha
Effects of Gua sha
As Gua sha is a natural healing remedy, it is a safe treatment. It is not supposed to be painful, but it may change your skin’s appearance and texture. As this procedure involves the rubbing and scrapping of skin with the massaging tools, it changes the skin’s appearance.
This technique can also result in normal bruising and minor bleeding. Bruising may appear after a couple of days. Some people also experience temporary indentation of their skin after the Gua sha treatment. If bleeding occurs, there is a chance of blood borne illness, so it is essential to disinfect and sanitize the massing instruments.
Gua sha is used to treat several disorders and chronic conditions. This technique may be straightforward and simple, but a trained Chinese medicine practitioner only performs it. Gua sha is unlikely to have any severe side effects, but it can be painful for some people. A person who plans a Gua sha treatment should be well aware and should consult a trained therapist.