In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Gua Sha is another technique used to release muscle tension and tightness. Using a traditional specialized tool, Gua Sha Board/Gua Sha Slide, your acupuncturist or massage therapist will gently scrape or rub the skin over a problem area. Gua Sha feels a bit like deep massage. Gua Sha Treatment may leave some slight redness; it will dissipate quickly.
China Jade is used for heat conditions, infection, inflammation, strained muscles. The China Jade Gua Sha Board / Slide has indentations for use on fingers and a hole at top for hanging. It is comfortable to the grip and offers to the practitioner an alternative way to give the patient a complete and thorough massage.
Width x Length:
5.3cm x 8.5cm / 2.1"x 3.35" Weight: 90g / 0.19 lb
DIFFERENT SHAPES AVAILABLE: In Traditional Chinese Medicine, this ancient method of promoting Chi or bioelectric vital life energy, is an extremely important, almost miraculous method of improving one's health. Chi or Qi (pronounced “chee”) is the constant and vigorous movement of energy or life force that keeps us healthy and alive. Promoting Chi, in Traditional Chinese Medicine, promotes blood circulation and the removal of toxic heat, stagnant blood and lymph fluid from the body.
HOW TO USE GUA SHA TOOLS
First apply a few drops of Gua Sha oil to the skin surface. This oil is specifically designed for the Gua Sha treatment; it contains medicinal herbs with properties which will enhance the blood moving (circulating) or toxin eliminating function of Gua Sha treatment.
Then take the Gua Sha tool (there are many to choose from), and slowly and continuously making long strokes, rub downwards from the neck down the posterior aspect of the back (which is the most common area, but not the only area - other areas such as chest, arms, and legs are also treated).
Initially a few red spots will be visible, and will guide you where to concentrate on. Continue for approx 5 - 10 min depending on the condition and severity. Some purple marks could also appear. In younger patients, only a pink glow may appear.
Gua Sha is a safe, simple and effective traditional procedure. The marks (if any) will only be visible for a few days, before disappearing. An early feeling of relief and recovery is reported by adherents of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Gua Sha Stroke Areas
Apply downward strokes to the skin using moderate pressure. The person should not feel pain although it might feel uncomfortable. Stroke one area at a time, until all the sha is up (the petechiae of that surface are completely raised) which is when stroking no longer increases the number of dots or changes the color. Then move to the next area.
The sha petechiae should fade in about 2-4 days. If they are very slow to fade, it indicates poor blood circulation and according to Tradtional Chinese Medicine there may be a more serious deficiency that will require additional treatments combining acupuncture or acupressure in specific areas.
Because Gua Sha moves "stuck" or stagnant qi and blood, the person receiving Gua Sha will probably feel immediate changes in his/her condition. It is a very useful treatment for external and internal conditions, and treats both acute and chronic disorders.