Gua sha is a natural therapy and beauty treatment that is part of traditional Chinese medicine. It is an excellent way to relieve chronic pain, and it is often used as a skincare treatment as well. During a gua sha treatment, we use massage tools to scrape the skin and stimulate blood flow in the soft tissues. These tools have smooth edges, and the treatment uses both short and long strokes to break up tension and inflammation in these tissues. Larger massage tools are used on the body, while the tools used for the face are much smaller and gentler. Gua sha is not painful, but you may experience some redness or slight bruising directly after the treatment. This should subside quickly afterwards.
Benefits of Gua Sha
The benefits of gua sha techniques are that they can relieve chronic pain and muscle tension in the back, legs, arms, and neck. It can be very helpful for athletes or anyone who deals with chronic pain on a regular basis. The reduction of inflammation and increased circulation can help your body heal faster from injuries. When done on the face, gua sha can actually help clear up acne and other skin conditions. The increased blood flow helps your skin heal faster, and can also help it look more youthful. There is also some indication that gua sha can help with migraine headaches. Studies have also found that gua sha can help with perimenopausal symptoms, and it may help with premenstrual symptoms as well.
Gua Sha Treatments in Charlotte
At Serenity Acupuncture & Wellness Clinic, we offer gua sha treatments with experienced, licensed practitioners. Our gua sha treatments will help you heal and relax. We offer free 20-minute consultations to help you determine which services are right for your needs. Contact us today to learn more about our gua sha, acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion, and tui na services and schedule your appointment today!