Gua Sha is an alternative wellness therapy treatment provided by Chante Massage. Many of our Nebraska-native clients ask, “What exactly is Gua Sha?” and that’s probably because it’s an ancient technique used in traditional East Asian medicine.
Gua Sha, sometimes referred to as coining, spooning or scraping, is the practice of using a tool to apply pressure and scrape the skin to relieve pain and tension. Using a smooth stone or a specially designed tool, along with the right oils for lubrication, the Gua Sha practitioner strokes an area of the body, such as the patient’s neck or back.
Benefits of Gua Sha
Most commonly, Gua Sha is used for muscle and joint pain. Gua Sha has also been shown to benefit the immune system and reduce inflammation. Gua Sha patients also see relief in fever, chills, cough, nausea and vomiting, which is why Gua Sha can also be effective in acute and chronic internal organ disorders such as liver inflammation.
What to Expect from a Gua Sha Treatment
Whatever tool used to apply the pressure to your body is dull and won’t break the skin. When the practitioner applies pressure to your skin, marks may appear that look red or similar to bruises. They are not bruises, but in fact where your body is holding in the most tension and toxins.
Stroking these tense spots helps release blockages and stagnation in your body. Our Qi, or the energy that flows through our body, needs to be balanced and flowing freely to ensure good health. Using the tool allows more pressure than a traditional massage, giving the potential to heal more than a hand massage.
Gua Sha’s Recently Popularity
Largely in the beauty community, Gua Sha is gaining a lot of popularity in the United States. You may have not even realized it was Gua Sha, but companies have been selling flat jade or rose quartz stones for use on the face. And what do they recommend? Scraping it across your face to improve circulation!
Though it’s great that Gua Sha is gaining for traction in the Western world and increasingly accessible, we still advise seeking out a professional for a Gua Sha treatment. Gua Sha isn’t just about scraping across the face; it’s about stimulating key meridian points. A professional who has mastered the technique will produce more visible results and avoid using too much pressure that could harm your skin.
Have You Tried Gua Sha Before?
If not, it could be just what you need to include in your health regimen. Why not try it today? Contact Chante Massage today and get a certified, train professional to give you more information on how Gua Sha could benefit you!