Gua Sha has been used throughout Asia for centuries. Gua means 'to rub' or 'press-stroke'. Sha is the term that describes the blood congestion in surface tissue that accumulates in areas where pain and stiffness may be felt. Sha is also the term for the little red dots, 'petechiae', that are raised from applying Gua Sha, which disappear in two to three days after treatment. The pain relief lasts after the redness has completely gone. Gua Sha is commonly used to treat:-
Muscular pain and/or discomfort
Generally feeling run down and easily picking up cold/flu viruses
Regularly suffering from bronchial issues
Training regularly and want to improve your fitness/health to the next level
Niggling injuries hampering your training regime and achieving your goals
Gua Sha benefits include:-
Stimulates the immune system
Reduces pain and stiffness
Promotes normal circulation to the muscles, tissues and organs directly beneath the area that is being treated
Relaxes tension in the body and therefore helps reduce anxiety
The tools used to perform Gua Sha range greatly amongst practitioners. Historically any smooth-edged instrument was deemed suitable. In Asia common soup spoons and coins were used, or Gua Sha instruments were specifically made in different shapes and materials for different purposes. The photo is the range of Gua Sha tools we use in our clinic.
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