What is Gua Sha? It is a natural, alternative therapy that involves scraping your skin with a massage tool to improve your circulation. This ancient Chinese healing technique may offer a unique approach to better health, addressing issues like chronic pain.
In Gua Sha, a LMT will scrape your skin with short or long strokes to stimulate circulation of the soft tissue, which increases blood flow. Gua Sha is intended to address stagnant energy, called chi, in the body that may be responsible for inflammation. Inflammation can be the underlying cause of several conditions associated with chronic pain. Scraping the skin’s surface is thought to help break up the stagnant energy, reduce inflammation, and promote healing. When conventional therapies do not improve your symptoms, research suggests that Gua Sha may be able to provide relief.