Technique

How-To Gua sha

 
 
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How-To Gua Sha

  • First apply a suitably thick balm, ointment or oil to the skin. 
  •  Hold the proper gua sha instrument firmly in your hand, with your arms and shoulders relaxed. 
  • Your instrument should be held somewhere between a 30 and a 45 degree andgle to the area you wish to treat. 
  • Start scraping in one direction - down, away from the head, or laterally to medial away from the spine. Start with gentle scraping for the first few strokes, then apply a little more pressure as required. You might feel a graininess in the soft tissue and that is where there is adhesion's and where to focus on, going against the grain.  Try to keep the pressure consistent, neither going to deep and hard, nor to soft. (if it's painful, you're probably pressing to hard or not enough lubrication). 
  • Make the strokes long (15-20 cm or about 6-7 inches) and continuous. Always scrape in the same direction - never scrape downwards and then draw back upwards on the same spot. 
  • Each stroke should be performed between 10 and 30 times before proceeding to the next area. If there is lots of sha appearing, you can spend a little more time on that area, and if there is no more sha coming up, you can cut it short and move to the next area. 
  • Once you're done in one area you can cover it up immediately with a towel to keep it warm. 
 

Important Contraindications

  • It is very important not to scrape over a mole, pimple, or mark on the skin. The same counts for varicose veins, skin disorders, or open wounds and scratches. 
  • During pregnancy gua sha is not recommended. 
  • Do not use it on people who are very frail, or to weak to tollerate treatment. 
  • Don't use gua sha on people with bleeding disorders, or for people who are taking anti-coagulant medication, like warfarin. 
  • Although gua sha can help you recover from mild illness, its not a good idea to use the procedure too soon after a major or minor surgery. 
  • Since gua sha is very "hands on" you should avoid giving it to a person suffering from a serious communicable disease. 
  • Try to do this technique at least one hour after or before eating. 

 

 

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