Gua sha 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 Gua sha, a technician scrapes your skin with short or long strokes to stimulate microcirculation of the soft tissue, which increases blood flow. They make these strokes with a smooth-edged instrument known as a gua massage tool. The technician applies 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.
Gua sha is generally performed on a person’s back, buttocks, neck, arms, and legs. Your technician may apply mild pressure, and gradually increase the intensity to determine how much force you can handle. It is used to reduce inflammation and treat ailments that cause chronic pain, such as arthritis and fibromyalgia, as well as those that trigger pain.
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Remember, at Medical Massage Clinic, this is your session. Unlike some spas in Fredericksburg, VA, you can customize your massage how you would like. We can focus on certain areas that may need more work, or you can do a full-body Therapeutic Massage. We can also add Deep Tissue or Reflexology to any session. We also have CBD for Pain Relief at no extra charge.