Gua sha is defined by leading authority Dr. Tin Yau as the instrument-assisted unidirectional press-stroking of an area of the body surface, with a goal of intentionally creating transitory therapeutic petechiae, called ‘sha,’ representing extravasation of blood in the subcutis. In layman’s terms, this technique involves scraping a tool, most commonly made of jade, across the skin to create petechiae (bleeding capillaries, not to be confused with bruising). It may not initially sound like a particularly enjoyable experience, but when performed correctly via an experienced practitioner, gua sha is therapeutic and relaxing.
How can this ancient practice benefit you? This treatment is extremely valuable in the treatment of pain, and for problems with movement, the prevention and treatment of infectious illness, upper respiratory and digestive problems, and many acute or chronic disorders. Why? Thanks to the therapeutic petechiae, which create an anti-inflammatory effect that can last for days following a single gua sha treatment. This can lead many patients to feel immediate relief from many symptoms they may be experiencing, including: coughing, pain, stiffness, fever, chills, nausea, etc.
While gua sha can work as a treatment therapy alone, it works best in conjunction with other treatment options, including herbal therapy and acupuncture, for long-lasting benefits.
Ready to get started? We service Montclair, Bloomfield, Cedar Grove, Verona, and the CaldwalIs. Interested in learning more about how gua sha can make a difference for you? Book a treatment online, or give our team a call at 917.587.0407 to learn more.