How many times do we see programs that emphasizes the power of our thinking? They are “Every day in every way we’re getting better and better” approaches.
Gua sha uses the physical to restore flow, effect how we feel, and start healing processes.
You may be able to do some of this by yourself or with a partner. I did a quick internet search and found several locations nearby that offered Gua Sha with a number of other intriguing offers.
Definitely do a search and see who and what you can find near you.
Gua Sha also provides healing for a variety of inflammatory conditions.
It is ancient and its range of application are still being revealed… You might consider it a miracle drug without the side effects. Read on to learn what it can do for you.
Explore Gua sha, an ancient method that uses physical scraping for pain and healing…
Ancient Technique Scrapes Away Pain
One of the major objectives of Chinese medicine is to clear stagnation.
If water cannot flow from a hose, you have to untangle the kink. Acupuncture aims to free blocked qi in the internal organs. A technique called gua sha unties knots closer to the surface.
Gua sha has been used for at least 2,000 years, and is probably the easiest modality in Chinese folk medicine to learn.
You don’t have to know the locations of any acupuncture points or meridians. With a little instruction anyone can do it, yet it can still be extremely effective. Pain and range of motion can improve in just one session.
“Gua sha” means “scraping sand” in Chinese, and the process actually produces an image similar to a charcoal rubbing. In this case, the paper is your skin, and the charcoal is a smooth, blunt edge (traditionally a porcelain soup spoon). Applying firm strokes creates marks which reveal where stagnation lies in the muscle.
Gua sha marks range in color from light red to dark purple, and can be mistaken for signs of injury or abuse. But according to Kathleen Greenough, a licensed acupuncturist and gua sha instructor at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York City, gua sha applied properly should not be painful, and does not injure the tissue.
“It looks like we are creating a bruise, or like we are breaking capillaries and causing some damage. What we’re actually doing is extravasating blood from the capillary bed,” she said.
Gua sha helps break up congestion in the form of congealed blood from an injury, or lactic acids and other toxins that build up in the muscles due to over use.