In Chinese medicine, we believe that many times people experience pain in a particular part of the body because the energy and blood are “stuck” and not flowing through the meridian as they are supposed to. Therefore, to eliminate the pain, we need to free up the blockage and get the energy and blood flowing freely again.
One of the ways to do this is using an ancient technique called Gua Sha. Gua Sha is a “scraping” technique. Gua means to rub or friction. Sha is the term used to describe congestion of blood at the surface of the body. Oil is place on the skin, and then a tool is used to scrape the skin. When friction is applied in repeated even strokes, the sha surfaces as small red petechiae. In minutes the petechiae fade into echymotic patches. The sha disappears totally in two to four days. The color and rate of fading are both diagnostic and prognostic indicators.
The benefits of Gua Sha are numerous. It moves stuck blood, promoting normal circulation to the muscles, tissues, and organs directly beneath the surface treated. The patient experiences immediate changes in stiffness, pain and mobility. Normal metabolic processes are restored by the movement of fluids as nutrients are carried to the tissues and metabolic wastes are carried away.