Guasha 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.
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.
I like to bring up the circulation of the skin in my facial treatments, with massage, or stimulation of product, so this scraping of the skin to release, made total sense to me.
I love to educate myself and to explore all avenues of wellness and holistic practices so I made an appointment at Horn Holistic Acupuncture.
Once I arrived we reviewed my paperwork, went over why was I there, health care concerns, work aches and pains which live all in my shoulders, my metabolism, and the usual medical history. As we went through the consult all things pointed towards my liver. Holy pepperoni, mama needs a detox. Jenny chose acupuncture and the GUASHA for my first session.
I was so relaxed and instantly felt my sinuses open when she hit the points in my face with the acupuncture needles. For someone with chronic sinus issues that was a swoon moment. This was my first real acupuncture experience, outside of the few pokes she gave me during Release Repair Rebalance days before. We discussed diet, stress management and the Detox Cleanse we will be getting into over the next few weeks. Which is vegan and gluten free ! Hot Damn.
Needles removed, top off, flip over, Guasha!!
She applied an oil all over my back and took what looked like a large spoon and began scraping in downwards motions along my back. To my surprise, it didn’t hurt, I was prepared for some intense torture. At points it felt as if she was slightly working out a knot in my shoulder, but never to a point were I needed to tell her to stop or back off. In a flash, the treatment was over. That afternoon I was full of energy, which I should’ve been dead, I was coming off a killer sinus infection.
It looked the gnarliest that evening, dark in hicky color all across my shoulders. I showed the kids, explained to them it was a treatment etc, I didn’t want them to be scared if they randomly saw it, but they could’ve cared less, they just called me weird and went on with their business.
I could truly feel the toxins wanting to leave my body, I craved tons of water for about 72 hours. I highly recommend trying Guasha, I feel so good post treatment. My usual pain in my right shoulder has gone down dramatically.
Next we try cupping and I plan on participating her her next round of detox cleanses.