Gua Sha

The Gua Sha process releases unhealthy elements from injured areas of your body and stimulates blood flow and healing. Traditionally Gua Sha has been performed throughout many parts of Asia for hundreds of years as an alternative healing practice. It is through to assist with pain, discomfort, increase range of movement and stimulates vital energy flow through the body’s meridian system.

Gua Sha is sometimes called “spooning”. A smooth edged tool is placed against your oiled skin, then moved down the muscles or along the pathway of the acupuncture meridians. Each stroke is about 100-150mm long and repeated up to 30 times over each area.

This may result in sub-cutaneous blemishing, that is called a Sha mark and usually takes 2 5 days to fade. Some people think the mark is a bruise, this however is not the case as is evidenced by the quick fading and rapid resolution of Sha marks. Bruising caused by trauma takes a lot longer to resolve and the area around the bruise is general sore and tender. This is not the case with a Sha mark. In many instances following a Gua Sha treatment you will fell less pain in the affected area and have greater range of movement.

Informed consent: If Gua Sha is recommended as part of your treatment, Brett will discuss with you the process of the treatment and show you examples of the marks you may experience. Only one you agree to receiving the treatment will Brett undertake Gua Sha.

Bruce Bentley from Health Traditions has personally trained Brett. Bruce is an Australia leader in Gua Sha practice and training and details more about Gua Sha in his article.