Powerlifter,  Brian Perez , receives Gua Sha between workouts to recover faster.  Photo:  Ashley Jacklyn

Powerlifter, Brian Perez, receives Gua Sha between workouts to recover faster.  Photo: Ashley Jacklyn

Gua Sha

Gua Sha is a manual healing technique that releases spasms and tension and relieves pain. Gua Sha is used in Asia by practitioners of Traditional Medicine.  Commonly used Gua Sha implements or scrapers include a ceramic Chinese soup spoon, a well-worn coin, water buffalo horn, or stone like jade and rose quartz.  Gua Sha involves placing the scraper against the patient’s skin. For pain, the skin is oiled and the scraper is applied with firm pressure, then moved down the muscles or along the acupuncture meridians.  The redness in the skin following treatment is normal and can take 2–4 days to fade.  The patient usually experiences immediate relief from pain, stiffness, and even fever or cough.  Most patients report back that they felt substantially better after their Gua Sha treatment.