Massage Therapy, Aromatherapy and Reiki
Debora L. Bogart, LMT, Certified Aromatherapist, Reiki Practitioner
Gua Sha Information

Gua Sha


This photo shows what treatment may look like.  This gentleman was having a lot of pain and restriction around his shoulder blades.  If there is no restriction in an area worked, you will not get this type of bruising.  I don't continue to work just to bruise you.  This result was after about 10 strokes of the tool.  If you look at the top of the shoulders there is very little reddening and there was the same amount of treatment applied, there was no restriction in that area. This did not cause him pain.  He had better range of scapular rotation after treatment.

What is Gua Sha?

Gua Sha is a traditional East Asian medical technique…

It is often used to treat muscle pain and tension.

Gua Sha moves energy, qi or chi, around the body.  Treatment is performed with a tool to rub the skin in long strokes with enough pressure to create petechiae or sha.

Gua Sha may also help to break down scar tissue and connective tissue.  Breakdown of these tissues will improve movement of the joints.

Another aim of Gua Sha is to move pooled or stagnated blood to relieve symptoms.  Blood circulation is improved and healing can take place.

Are there side effects to Gua Sha?

There are no serious side effects with the application of Gua Sha but it is not suitable for those with certain medical conditions.

It is always advisable to consult your family physician before receiving any new therapies if you are unsure if it is safe for you to receive.  As with any holistic modality, it is not a substitute for necessary medical care.

Is Gua Sha similar to the instrument release Chiropractors use?

Some physiotherapists and chiropractors use a version of the technique known as instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM).

Every therapist has their favorite tool.    They might use a porcelain spoon, a metal tool or a stone tool to perform your therapy.  No matter their choice they will be sure that all the edges of the tool are smooth so no damage will occur to your skin.

There are some conditions that are a contraindication for Gua Sha therapy.

If you have any of the following conditions you are not a candidate to receive this type of therapy.

· Pregnancy

· Blood disorders – such as inability to clot or excessive bruising (Caution with Anemia)

· Someone taking blood thinners

· Someone with phlebitis or thrombosis

· Someone with communicable diseases





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Gua Sha is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.  The information provided here is the personal opinion of the therapist, formed through research on the subject matter and products used and should not substitute your own research or medical advice from a licensed medical professional.

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