What is Gua Sha?
Gua Sha is a deep tissue therapy has been used traditionally to relieve musculo-skeletal soreness or stiffness and upper respiratory distress. It also alleviates symptoms and shortens duration of acute onset communicable upper respiratory infections (colds, flu, bronchitis, etc.)
The technique works by applying deep pressure across the upper back and/or neck with a smooth, flat stone referred to as the “Gua Sha Tool.” An example is pictured below.
The scraping action of the Gua Sha stone across the tissue breaks up pockets of accumulated blood, fluids, and impurities bringing them up into the skin where the body and now more readily eliminate them.
This process results in “Sha marks” on the skin. The intensity and duration of the marks will depend on the amount of stagnant accumulation in the tissues, marks can be extremely light pink and disappear by the next day, to dark purple lasing about a week. An example of typical Sha marks is shown below.
This is a detoxifying process, so drinking extra water during the days following the treatment while the marks are fading is advised.
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