Gua sha (Lymphatic Drainage Massage) is a natural, alternative therapy that involves scraping your skin with a massage tool to improve your circulation.
This ancient Chinese healing technique may offer a unique approach to better health, addressing issues like chronic pain.In Avrocil System gua sha, we suggest to scrape your skin with short or long strokes to stimulate microcirculation of the soft tissue, which increases blood flow. You can make these strokes with a smooth-edged instrument known as a gua massage tool. Our recommendation is to apply massage oil to your skin, and then uses the tool to repeatedly scrape your skin in a downward motion.
Gua sha is intended to address stagnant energy, called chi, in the body that practitioners believe may be responsible for inflammation. Inflammation is the underlying cause of several conditions associated with chronic pain. Rubbing the skin’s surface is thought to help break up this energy, reduce inflammation, and promote healing.
As a natural healing remedy, gua sha is safe. It’s not supposed to be painful, but the procedure may change the appearance of your skin. 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 and minor bleeding. Bruising usually disappears within a couple of days. Please do not shower within 3-5 hours of gua sha and keep the area lightly covered to avoid windchills.