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How To Learn Gua Sha

How To Learn Gua Sha

Utilize a practice that originated in China thousands of years ago. Learn how to use Gua Sha to remove newly acquired pain or pain that has lasted for several years.

This is a guide about how to learn Gua Sha. There are three basic techniques with Gua Sha. The first basic technique is where you're working down the body and you're working it holding the stick at a 45 degree angle.

Working, scraping, it's almost like you're trying to smooth the skin. Now, where you apply Gua Sha is neck and shoulders, back, any area you have padding or any area you have pain. So very good for joint pain, arthritic pain, very good for cold and flu, particularly if you have colds and flu, working on opening the neck and the shoulders.

Next stage of working with gua sha is where you're working and finding particular areas where you have maybe long term old injuries and which case you'll have very tight tendons, very tight muscles, so what you'll doing is you're digging in the tool into the area and you're flicking across and flicking across and you're plucking the muscle of the little wound with the tool. The last stage where you'll need to have to apply the first two stages beforehand is what they call plucking the thorns and to do this, you dig the tool into the area where the pain is, you pull the thumb with the skin and you pull out. This can be very intensive.

You've got to be very careful that you don't apply too soon and that you smooth the area. What we're going to do is we're going to apply these techniques on a volunteer. We're going to be working on an old injury here, so I'm going to use the most medicated emulsified cream.

You can use anything like an olive oil or in these situations, red flower oil is particularly useful and wood luck oil is particularly useful, you can buy those in most Chinese herbal medical shops. Here, we're just going to apply the liniment of the area. We just want to use the tool to just rub into the skin so that it's smooth and then what we work over the area it doesn't come up and it doesn't rub or scrape.

You can see already this area has started to turn very red and purple. We've done very little light work, we're working with very minimal pressure and already, you can see the area which the blood needs to move through. Like cupping, this is going to bring up lots of marks so we need to make sure that the patient is aware of what's going to come up and the fact that this can last for two or three days, if not even a week in some cases.

Now, I'm just going to work smoothly over this area and if we work over this area until we see the sha that comes up, so already, we can see a large purple area coming up through here. When it feels dry, we can just add more liniment. We need that our patient also knows that so she can request that as well.

That's the first stage of Gua Sha, we can already see the location of this. Now, what we're going to do is use the second stage of the Gua Sha so we're going to find an area where we can feel that there's fibrous tissue or where there's knots or nodules. We press in a little and flick away.

This can be a little more intensive. I'm pressing in and flick away. As I'm pressing in, I use less pressure.

We can even get into these areas here and we can feel they're very fibrous. The last stage of Gua Sha is we call Plucking the Thorns. We're going to go in with the tool, grab the skin and plucking away.

We're going to go in with the tool, grab the skin and pull away. We can go back to our original techniques if it's too much. We can disperse the area a bit with ro far which is a round circular technique, just dispersing the area and then we can resume and once we've seen that we've brought up a lot here what we can do is we can follow that to see where that goes.

What we can do is apply more cream here and if you have more time we'd explore the range of where the injury is. In this case, the sha is giving us a good indicator of where the injury is. So, you can see this dark purple in areas around here and around here and areas of redness around here.

This dark purple is showing where there's bee