Gua Sha: Massage with Jade and Horn Tools
In gua sha a medicated oil, liniment, or salve is applied to the skin and a specialized tool, typically made of jade or bone, is rubbed over the area. Gua sha feels good and is universally liked. I find it to be an amazingly effective tool for pain anywhere in the body, especially in the neck and shoulder area. This technique excels at breaking up stubborn knots and scar tissue. It also stretches, lengthens, and realigns the muscle fibers and connective tissues, and pushes through blockages and constrictions to reopen the flow of chi and blood. I often include gua sha in my acupuncture sessions and combine it with other traditional therapies.
Acupuncture is the fundamental therapy upon which all of my treatments are built, but my toolbox also includes Chinese herbal medicine, 5-element nutrition, ba guan (cupping), tui na (Chinese medical massage), zhi ya (acupressure), chi nei tsang (internal organ massage), gua sha (massage with jade and horn tools), and topical herbal formulas for pain. If your condition would benefit from any of these traditional techniques they are included at no extra charge. Please click here for more information about my combination treatments.