Earlier this week I received my very first Gua Sha treatment and it worked incredibly well to reduce the tendon tightness in my forearms. They haven't felt this loose in a looong time! Laurie chose this method because even her smallest cups could not stay put because there was not enough flesh in that area to hold the suction for more than a few seconds. I had not heard of Gua Sha before she mentioned it, but I was definitely up for it.
"Gua Sha is a healing technique of traditional East Asian medicine. Sometimes called ‘coining, spooning or scraping’, Gua Sha is defined as instrument-assisted unidirectional press-stroking of a lubricated area of the body surface to intentionally create transitory therapeutic petechiae called ‘sha’ representing extravasation of blood in the subcutis. Modern research shows Gua Sha produces an anti-inflammatory and immune protective effect that persists for days following a single Gua Sha treatment. This accounts for its effect on pain, stiffness, fever, chill, cough, wheeze, nausea and vomiting etc., and why Gua Sha is effective in acute and chronic internal organ disorders including liver inflammation in hepatitis. The technique is useful in any licensed therapeutic practice and of particular interest to acupuncturists, massage therapists, physical therapists, physicians and nurses who work directly with patients." (From www.guasha.com)
There are many different styles and shapes of Gua Sha tools (even spoons like the ones pictured) made of various materials including stone, jade, wood, ceramic, pink crystal and more (I checked them all out on Google!), and there are many videos on YouTube showing you how it's done as well. One guy even uses the dull side of a butter knife!
Next week will be my final week with Laurie (sigh) but together we have released so much of the pain I started with. There's much more for me to do on my own when we are done and I've already taken plenty of steps towards lessening the pressure on my limbs while they heal.
Bit by bit.
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