What exactly is gua sha
Gua sha is the practise of applying pressure and scraping the skin with a tool to alleviate pain and tension. This action produces light bruising, which occurs as petechiae or sha, which are purple or red spots.
The Chinese word for scraping is gua sha, which is pronounced gwahshah. Skin grinding, spooning, and coining are other terms for the same thing.
Qi or chi is energy that flows through the body, according to traditional Chinese medicine. Many people assume that in order to be healthy and happy, a person’s qi must be balanced and flowing freely.
People also assume that qi may become blocked, resulting in muscle and joint pain or tension. Gua sha helps to free up this stuck energy in order to reduce aches and stiffness
Blood stasis or stagnation is also a source of pain and disease in traditional East Asian medicine. Gua sha also helps to alleviate symptoms by transferring pooled or stagnant blood.
Instrument aided soft tissue mobilisation is a variant of the procedure used by certain physiotherapists (IASTM). During a massage, a physiotherapist may apply more pressure by using a tool rather than their hands.