The scraping therapy that has been used by many Asian people, especially in China, is called Gua Sha. This therapy is used as a detoxification method. Recently, people are becoming more overwhelmed with work and other activities that leads them to feel tired and stressed. Most of you might be feeling discomforts due to different ailments and tiredness. Gua Sha can be very helpful to you in this case. Here are the things you need to know about Gua Sha if you want to try it out in a spa in Singapore:
Understanding Gua Sha
Scraping is what Gua means, but with sha it can be categorized to three meanings:
Sha could refer to metabolic waste that is found in the muscles and tissues of one person, according to western medicine.
Sha could also be described when petechia appears on the surface of the skin when Gua sha is being performed. Petechia looks something like a red speckled rash or what is known as minute hemorrhages that appear to look like red rashes.
Sha can also mean that the qi on meridian pathways are blocked and stagnant blood is present, according to the TCM. The blood stasis is also understood as blocked blood flow that is found in the subcutaneous tissues and it’s the same when the energy flow is blocked in the meridian pathways.
Knowing The Benefits Of Gua Sha
Gua Sha has a lot of benefits on different levels. Blood stagnation can cause a lot of diseases and the job of Gua Sha is to remove that blockage and let the blood circulate freely, making the body more healthy because it balances the energy. Because of these, your get relief from your pain, it relaxes your body and releases your stress.
Knowing The Functions Of Gua Sha
Gua Sha has two main functions, to detoxify and to activate cell nourishment.
Cell nourishment – When Gua Sha is applied, petechia appears that activates cell nourishment. More oxygen and more blood is forced to go in to the area being treated, making it possible to have your cells get nourished. You will feel relieved of different pains, nausea, chills, fever, etc.
Detoxification – Gua Sha is very helpful in eliminating toxins from the skin’s surface and the dead blood cells are eliminated. Cleansing is triggered when petechia is formed at the surface of the skin. The body will find inner balance once Gua Sha releases enough toxins with regular therapy.
Knowing How Gua Sha Is Performed
The skin is lubricated with oil. You can use different types, like lavander oil, olive oil, coconut oil, etc. A generous amount of oil is applied to the area where you are going to be scraped.
A tool known as a Gua Sha board is used to scrape the skin in a downward motion in a 30 degree angle. The tools you can use in scraping can be a ceramic Chinese spoon, jade, animal horn and other materials that have a smooth surface as long as it will not create a scratch or slice in the skin.
Petechia is formed as you continuously stroke the skin in a downward motion. If petechia doesn’t appear, then you need to move to other areas, such as the back, neck, or limbs. If the area you are stroking is sensitive, then you have to adjust the scraping, making it lighter. It is important that moles, wounds and open sores should be avoided.
Knowing When The Petechia Will Fade
Usually, the petechia will start to fade in 2 to 4 days, depending on how your blood circulation is working. Going through Gua Sha therapy regularly will help your blood flow, and the better your blood flow is, the faster the petechia will fade.
Knowing How Often Gua Sha Can Be Performed And How Safe It Is
Gua Sha is completely safe and it can be done as often as 3 times a week. It would be best to have the therapy when you are not working since taking complete rest after the therapy will help you maximize the benefits that you can get. It would be best that you avoid having sex, drinking alcohol, do hard labor and anything that will stress you. A complete rest will be a helpful way in making yourself relaxed after you have Gua Sha at a spa in Singapore.