Gua Sha (Scraping)
- 30 min30 minutes
- Starting at $40.00Starting at $40.00
- School Street
Gua sha is a natural, alternative therapy that involves scraping your skin with a massage tool to improve your circulation. This healing technique may offer a unique approach to better health, addressing issues like chronic pain. In gua sha, a technician scrapes your skin to stimulate microcirculation of the soft tissue, which increases blood flow. They make these strokes with a smooth-edged instrument. The technician applies massage oil to your skin, and then uses the tool to repeatedly scrape your skin in a downward motion. Gua sha is intended to address stagnant energy, called chi, in the body that practitioners believe may be responsible for inflammation. Inflammation is the underlying cause of several conditions associated with chronic pain. Rubbing the skin’s surface is thought to help break up this energy, reduce inflammation, and promote healing. Gua sha is generally performed on a person’s back, buttocks, neck, arms, and legs. Your technician may apply mild pressure, and gradually increase intensity to determine how much force you can handle. What are the benefits of gua sha? Gua sha may reduce inflammation, so it’s often used to treat ailments that cause chronic pain, such as arthritis and fibromyalgia, as well as those that trigger muscle and joint pain. Gua sha may also relieve symptoms of other conditions: 1. Hepatitis B 2. Migraine headaches 3. Breast engorgement 4. Neck pain Does gua sha have side effects? As a natural healing remedy, gua sha is safe. It’s not supposed to be painful, but the procedure may change the appearance of your skin. Because it involves rubbing or scraping skin with a massage tool, tiny blood vessels known as capillaries near the surface of your skin can burst. This can result in skin bruising and minor bleeding. Bruising usually disappears within a couple of days. The takeaway When conventional therapies don’t improve your symptoms, research suggests that gua sha may be able to provide relief. This technique may appear straightforward and simple, but it should only be performed by a practitioner of Chinese medicine. This ensures a safe, proper treatment. More research is needed, but there are few risks associated with this massage technique. Expect to be bruised.
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11 School Street, East Granby, CT, USA