Gua sha is a traditional healing technique that originated in East Asia and involves scraping the skin with a smooth-edged tool to stimulate blood flow and release tension in the muscles. The technique is typically performed using a specialized tool made of smooth stone, jade, or metal.
During a Gua Sha treatment, the practitioner applies oil or lotion to the skin and then uses the tool to scrape the skin in a specific pattern or direction. The pressure and direction of the scraping are typically tailored to the individual's needs and may vary depending on the area of the body being treated.
Gua sha is often used to relieve pain and stiffness in the muscles and joints, as well as to promote relaxation and reduce stress.
NOTE: Some people may experience temporary bruising (petichia) or skin irritation after a Gua Sha, but these side effects typically resolve within a few days.