Gua Sha (pronunced Gwah Shaw or Gwah Saw) , is an ancient manual medical technique that uses a tool to scrape the skin, muscle & fascia for the purpose of loosening adhesions or stagnation, relieving muscle tension & promoting normal circulation to these tissues. This creates an expansion of the tissues-increasing blood flow, promoting better functioning of sweat and sebaceous glands, flushing capillary beds, draining stagnant blood, toxins and lymph, restoring normal metabolic processes and re-supplying vital nutrients to the surrounding tissues. The word Gua translates to Scraping & the word Sha to the Markings that appear.
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In an acupuncture treatment I will use additional tools along with my traditional acupuncture needles, incorporating Acupressure, Cupping or GuaSha into an acupuncture treatment when necessary. If cupping has been helpful to a patient’s condition, I will often recommend for them to do this treatment at home, individually or with a partner.
Classical Chinese Medicine Chinese Medicine treats the conditions that prevent health from occurring. Chinese medicine is over 3000 years old and is a sophisticated, comprehensive approach to healing that effectively improves physical and mental health, enhances immunity and encourages increased overall health, function and well-being. The focus of CM is on increasing health to discourage disease, and it does this by supporting the body’s inherent qualities for regaining health Asian Bodywork Therapy Asian Bodywork Therapy (ABT) includes various forms of massage/manual therapy techniques that are based upon Chinese Medical principles of assessment and treatment of the body & mind. 8 Benefits