Gua Sha is a natural, alternative therapy that involves scraping the skin with a massage tool after some oil is applied. This ancient Chinese healing technique increases circulation and blood flow, releases muscle tension and relieves chronic pain.
Gua means to stroke or press, and Sha refers to redness. That means, Gua Sha might leave some bruising or redness in the area as you heal. However, the results are remarkable, and the bruising usually disappears within a couple of days.
Gua Sha is usually performed on a person’s back, neck, buttocks, arms, and legs. A gentle version is used on the face as a facial technique.
There will be mild strokes at first, and the intensity will increase gradually. But don't worry, the pressure will only remain at the level you are comfortable with. Gua Sha can be quite pleasant and relaxing depending on your situation. Some have called it the best massage of their life.