Gua Sha is a
powerful yet simple and safe form of massage. It has many usages in the
healing and evaluation of the body. The people in the small villages and
towns of China have practiced it in for centuries. It is safe for
children and the elderly.
Gua means to scrape
or rub. Sha is defined as stagnant cellular material that builds up in
the muscles and tissues, possibly working like a thin layer to prevent
the pores from removing the toxins from the body. This blocks the flow
of lymph and waste materials from the body and causes Qi (Chi), the
Chinese word for energy, to become stagnant in the body. Stagnant Qi is
a principal cause of pain on both physical and emotional levels.
The process of Gua
Sha creates a suction that draws the sha from between cells both
superficial and deep to the surface layers of the body. Your skin, an
effective elimination organ, eliminates the toxin from your body. There
are no Western methods capable of removing sha. Shiatsu and other
massages are similar in some ways to Gua Sha, but they do not have its
spiritual and energetic abilities.
Gua Sha Massage
Does it hurt?
depends on the amount of toxins and trapped emotions in your body. If
your Qi is stagnant or blocked there may be more tenderness or
discomfort. The higher your state of discomfort the greater the number
of toxins you have trapped in your body. It is a wonderful feeling to
experience the movement of Qi. You will not have to wonder if Qi exists
when you the power of Qi.
long will my skin be red or discolored?
may take to 3-7 days for the skin and blood to eliminate the toxins. The
toxins in the blood are eliminated through the bowels and urine. So if
your colon is blocked or your kidneys are weak, the removal will be
incomplete and may even be recycled. Therefore, if you are sore and
discolored you know that you need to cleanse your blood and bowels and
build up your kidneys’ Qi to effectively remove the toxins from your
body. Most patients clear their skin within 36 hours.
Why am I tender after Gua Sha? You have a lot of blocked toxins or
stagnant Qi due to stress, emotional deposits in your muscles, your
particular lifestyle and / or genetic makeup.
I've heard a healing crisis sometimes follows a Gua Sha treatment. What
is this like?
Sometimes when commencing a wellness program the release of
the toxins will cause you to feel fatigue, sad or depressed. Usually
these feelings pass within 24 to 36 hours. It indicates that you need
another Gua Sha treatment within 24 to 48 hours.
Will I need Gua Sha Massage for the rest of my life?
If you want to stay healthy, yes. If you have trouble
sleeping, catch colds easily or have asthma, allergies or
gastro-intestinal disorders, you will find regular Gua Sha Stone Massage
very beneficial. Gua Sha Stone Massage gets your Qi moving to help heal
your ailments and bring balance and harmony to your body.
I have been doing
Gua Sha Stone Massage for approximately eight years. During this time, I
have seen how the technique helps maintain one's wellness and restore
one's balance. It also helps me to evaluate a patient's degree of
balance or imbalance.
I have been told of
unusual releases on all levels: spiritually, emotionally, mentally and
physically. The body may appear battered and bruised. My reply to my
patients on this matter is:
Better external and leaving than internal and staying.
It’s your decision…
It’s all about keeping the Qi moving.
It does a body good.
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