Gua Sha – pronounced Gwahshah is a healing technique of traditional East Asian medicine originating in China around 200BC. The art of Qua Sha is defined as instrument-assisted unidirectional press-stroking of a lubricated area of the body surface. Gua Sha means to scrape away fever, the Qua being the scrape and the Sha being the result.
When Gua press-stroking is applied in repeated even strokes, Sha appears in small red dots called petechiae. Within minutes of the treatment the small red dots fade, blending into a deep red blush. Whilst the Sha disappears over an average of four days after treatment, any discomfort is alleviated immediately.
Fundamentally Gua Sha works to release blocked qi, therefore curing the ailment. Modern western research confirms the capacity of Qua Sha to reduce pain and inflammation whilst stimulating an immune protective response that can endure for several days after receiving treatment.
Gua Sha can also change a person’s mood as the issue is released, as metabolic wastes are removed and an increase in fluids supplying nutrients and oxygen goes to the affected area. The client experiences immediate changes in stiffness, pain, and emotional state as the blockage is broken down and the Qi begins to move freely.
Ann, your massage therapist, after a consultation with you, may use this technique, alongside Tui-na medical massage, dry needling and fire cupping, to offer a bespoke treatment for each client.