The Benefits Of A Guasha Massage

Guasha massage is a natural, alternative therapy that involves stroking the skin to improve circulation. This traditional Chinese healing technique may offer a unique approach to better health, addressing issues like chronic pain.

Guasha massage is intended to address stagnant energy, called Qi, in the body that in TCM theory is responsible for inflammation. Inflammation is the underlying cause of several conditions associated with chronic pain. Guasha is able to help break up this energy, reduce inflammation, and promote healing.

How Is Guasha Massage Therapy Done?

Using a specially designed instrument made of horn, stone, bone or other materials, along with the appropriate oils for lubrication, the therapists strokes an area of the body, such as the patient’s neck or back. After a few moments the skin begins to turn red, and then a particular kind of marking starts to appear on the skin.

How Does Guasha Massage Feel Like?

Guasha basically feels like a very vigorous massage and the stroking with the massage board may leave red marks on the body. If you’ve never seen the technique in action before, you might mistake the markings for bruises – but that’s not what they are, exactly. The skin is not broken, and the instrument is blunt.

Fine capillaries (tiny blood vessels) start to give off the “sha” or petechiae. This is a good thing. What it does is to release toxins from the blood and greatly stimulate circulation in the area. It also has an anti-inflammatory and immune protective effect that persists for days following a single Guasha treatment.

It gives almost instantaneous relief from pain and congestion as well as freeing up a greater range of movement in joints and ligaments.

What Can Guasha Massage Treat?

Guasha massage may reduce inflammation, so it’s often used to treat ailments that cause chronic pain, such as arthritis and fibromyalgia, as well as those that trigger muscle and joint pain.

It has also been shown through various studies to be effective for perimenopause, migraine as well as cosmetic wrinkle and skin sag reduction.

Are There Any Side Effects?

As a natural healing remedy, Guasha massage is safe. It usually isn’t painful, but the procedure may change the appearance of your skin temporarily. Because it involves rubbing or scraping skin with a massage tool, tiny blood vessels known as capillaries near the surface of your skin can burst. This can result in skin bruising. Bruising usually disappears within a couple of days.

Some people also experience temporary indentation of their skin after a Guasha treatment.

Are There Any Contraindications

Avoid this technique if you’ve had any surgery in the last six weeks. People who are taking blood thinners or have clotting disorders aren’t good candidates for Guasha.