Gua Sha

Literally means “sand scrape” and involves using a blunt instrument (ceramic spoon) to scrape the surface of the skin. ┬áThe scraping is continued until the sha or sand reaches the surface of the body this manifests as dark, mottled spots. If the sand is not present, no matter how hard the body is scraped, it will not manifest with sha. This process enhances circulation and draws out blood impurities, releases muscle tension and knots and can be very effective in relieving pain.