Gua Sha massage is a technique used in Chinese Medicine to treat painful conditions such as neck pain, upper and lower back pain. The word “Sha” describes a painful condition or what the Chinese consider as “evil” trapped in the muscle layers. The word Gua means to “scrape” or “scratch”. This technique is meant to bring the “Sha”, or the affliction, to the superficial areas of the skin in order to be eliminated.
When there is blockage of an acupuncture meridian in the body, generally, pain occurs. The purpose of Gua Sha is to open these blocked pathways. During a Gua Sha treatment, the area of concern is lubricated using a massage oil and a special spoon-like tool is used to rub, or scrape, the skin. This scraping technique will express the Sha and allow healing to occur. When Sha is eliminated from the body, the affliction or painful condition significantly improves.
In addition to Gua Sha massage, a wide range of other Traditional Chinese Medicine techniques are offered at the Center. Learn about our other treatments »
Oriental Medicine focuses on strengthening and activating the body’s mechanism for healing itself. By using acupuncture, herbal remedies, supplements, and other techniques, the body will be triggered into repairing damage and will heal itself, thus achieving a state of balance. We are always delighted when we see patients progress from a state of imbalance — experiencing physical or emotional pain — to a place where they feel much better after only a few acupuncture treatments!
As a Natural Healer, or Holistic Healer, I strive to view each and every patient through a comprehensive model of care that encompasses body, mind, and spirit. Any imbalance within these three areas will negatively affect our overall health.
Being a Holistic Healer is an intricate part of Traditional Chinese Medicine and provides me with a better understanding of our patients’ needs. This is key to developing an effective acupuncture treatment plan, as well as a strategy that may include self-care techniques for patients to perform at home between treatments and a regimen of carefully chosen herbal supplements. All of these things will allow for an overall sense of wellbeing, better outcomes, and improvements in patient conditions.