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Gua Sha (gwa shaw) is a healing technique used throughout Asia. Gua means to
rub or friction . Sha is the term used to describe congestion of blood at the
surface of the body. When friction is applied with a rough edge of an object in repeated even strokes , the sha surfaces turns into small red petechiae (small red spots). In minutes, the petechiae fade into echymotic (purple, blue or black spots, similar to bruise) patches. The sha disappears totally in two to four days .
There are numerous benefits of Gua Sha. It moves stuck blood , promoting
normal circulation to the muscles, tissues, and organs directly beneath the
treated surface . The patient experiences immediate changes in stiffness, pain and mobility . Normal metabolic processes are restored by the movement of fluids as nutrients are carried to the tissues and metabolic wastes are carried away.
After Gua Sha, the patient is instructed to cover the area, avoiding wind and
exposure to the sun or sudden change in temperature . Stretching is
recommended , but not a heavy workout on the day of treatment.