What the heck is gua sha????
Pronounced Gwa- Sha, we can break the word itself down into its 2 parts.
Gua- meaning to scrape
and Sha- pertaining to the redness that arises from it.
Ok, so now we know what it means, but what exactly is it???
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, and other Eastern modalities, gua sha is used to break up fascia, release stagnant energy (qi), and increase circulation. Some people even call this "coin, quarter, or spoon" massage because of the tools used.
Similar to cupping, studies have shown that it can boost immune system response-
And aid in sports recovery-
Some commonly asked questions are-
**Does it hurt?
-Pain is based on each individual's perception. If you do not like deep tissue massage, this treatment may not be something you enjoy. That being said, when I have received gua sha treatment, I find it very soothing and relaxing.
**How long does the redness last?
- It can last anywhere from a few hours, to several days, depending on the depth of treatment, and your bodies individual response.
**How often should I receive a gua sha treatment?
- We recommend once a week for maintenance, but each person is different.
At Green Barn Therapies, we use Reiki charged polished, stones and gua sha tools to help break up fascia, release tension, and reduce pain. We would love to help you on your healing journey, email DM, or text, to book and appointment or consultation.