What is Gua sha?

Gua sha is a form of alternative therapy that involves scraping your skin with a smooth-edged instrument also known as the gua massage tool. It is used to treat various conditions to supplement mental and physical needs.

In Gua sha, a specialist scrapes your skin to stimulate microcirculation of the tissue. This is done to increase blood flow. Oil is applied and massaged by stroking the affected area with a gua massage tool in a downward montion.

It Is used to stimulate stagnant energy in your body, also known as chi. This chi is thought to be responsible for inflammation. Inflammation is known to be the underlying cause of many conditions associated with chronic pain. Doing massaging strokes with the gua massage tool is believed to aid with the breakup of chi, inflammation, and to promote healing.

The most common areas that Gua sha is performed on include: back, neck buttocks, arms and legs. A more gentle version can be used on the face.

Benefits of Gua sha

Gua Sha is used to treat conditions associated with chronic, muscle and joint pain. Gua Sha can relive various conditions including:

  • Migraines
  • Perimenopausal Syndrome
  • Neckpain
  • Tourette Syndrome
  • Hepatitis B
  • Breast Engorgement

If you are concerned with whether Gua Sha is right for you. Call us to schedule an appointment at (999) 999-9999 or you can continue reading and find the Frequently Asked Questions.

History of Gua sha

The first records of Gua sha date back to over 700 years ago during the Ming Dynasty. The term gua sha is composed of two Chinese words. Gua, meaning to rub or scrape and sha, chi that causes excess heat to build up within the body. Many people in other partes of Asia utilize Gua sha as a form of  “first defense” against illnesses.

Frequently Asked Questions


We understand Gua Sha is an alternative form of therapy and we want to address any concerns you may have. Gua Sha is completely natural and produces little to no side effects.

  • Is Gua Sha painful? Pain varies from patient to patient. Pain is not uncommon, but it is usually mild to almost non-existent.
  • Do you sterilize the massage tools? Yes! Every massage tool is carefully handled to avoid contamination.
  • What are the side effects? Possible side effects include redness of the skin, slight swelling and minor bruising. All side effects are temporary and subside after a few days.

If you have any more questions, feel free to book an appointment so we can address your concerns in fine detail!

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