An ancient Chinese secret, GuaSha Therapy is a traditional ancient Chinese healing technique that dates back over two thousand years, and is still practiced by many Chinese today. Gua means to scrape or rub. Sha is a reddish, elevated, millet-like skin rash (also known as petechiae). GuaSha is one technique that intentionally raises a Sha rash, or petechiae.
GuaSha treatments are not painful. As the body is scraped, it pushes a build-up of fluid ahead of the area, and after it passes, it leaves an indention or vacuum behind, which draws toxic fluid out to the surface of the skin from deep within the tissue. The toxic fluid (Sha) floods to the surface and can be seen in small red, deep purple or green pools of blood. The skin is also often hot on the area where the toxic heat is extracted. Red spots are an indication that toxins are being released. Where the area is deep purple, the blood is old and extremely stagnant. A dark green discoloration is a sign that stagnant blood and toxic Qi are being released from the system.
Patients who suffer from chronic pain, excess systemic toxicity, poor circulation, lymphatic congestion, inflammation, fatigue, infections, or physical or emotional stress, will greatly benefit from GuaSha treatment.
GuaSha creates suction on the skin that pulls stagnant intercellular fluid to the surface, removing toxic debris, and replacing it with fresh oxygenated, nutrient rich fluid, which in turn accelerates regeneration and revitalization. This method promotes a healthy Qi, the constant and vigorous movement of energy, or life force, that keeps us healthy and alive.