Treatment: Similar to cupping, gua sha acts to loosen the fascia and connective tissue to remove blockages, increase blood flow and promote healing. By increasing blood flow and removing any stagnation, gua sha allows accumulated toxins to be brought up to the surface to be processed by the body.
The severity of the marks left depend on the intensity of pressure (which can be adjusted according to patient comfort), and the level of stagnation present internally. Areas with a higher level of stagnation will produce a darker mark as blood is moved to the surface and circulation is improved, and this reflects a positive sign of therapeutic results. With repeated sessions, the stagnation in the area should resolve resulting in decreased bruising or marks.
Conditions Treated: Gua Sha is useful for many conditions including for pain relief, joint conditions and mobility, to break up adhesions and scar tissue, the treatment of common colds, respiratory issues, general circulatory issues, and the release of heat in certain inflammatory conditions. Gua sha can help to release “knots” and relax large muscle groups and can feel similar to a deep tissue massage.
Aftercare: A gua sha session will open the pores of your skin, leaving you susceptible to catching a cold. After a gua sha session, it is suggested that you keep your neck and back covered, avoiding any direct contact with cold or wind. A shower, bath or swim should also be avoided for up to 8 hours.