Gua Sha is another ancient therapy still commonly and widely practiced in China; families learn to treat each other and it is even possible to treat yourself!
Gua Sha means scraping in Chinese and is performed with a tool which has a smooth, curved edge, often made of jade though household implements like soup spoons can be just as effective. Gua Sha is particularly effective for treating aches and pains especially arthritis pain, musculoskeletal pain, long term injuries and also for colds and flu.
Oil is applied to the skin and the tools are scraped along the affected area. Sometimes a redness comes out on the skin, this is known as “Sha” and is a sign of stagnation becoming unblocked. This should dissipate within 2 or 3 days depending on the patient.
Sally uses Gua Sha in conjunction with either acupuncture or tui na.