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DOES GUA SHA ACTUALLY WORK?

Learn about how Gua Sha massage at Hawaii Natural Therapy can benefit you!

Would you like to know more about Gua Sha? Are you searching for a Gua Sha specialist? Look no further, Hawaii Natural Therapy is here to help! The practice of Gua Sha (some refer to as “coining” or “spooning”) is a traditional Chinese technique founded more than 700 years ago. The word Gua means scraping, referring to the petechia; and Sha meaning sand. Petechia or bruising may appear on the skin's surface for up to 7 days after service.

Some believe the treatment was used originally for the beauty benefits, while others believe it was created as a form of medicinal healing. History shows examples from both sides, such as use for removal of excess heat from fever as well as sculpting and smoothing wrinkles.

Today we use this practice in our clinic with multiple objectives including, restoring circulatory function, boosting the immune system and increasing energy levels. Gua Sha shows many benefits to our bodies both internally as well as externally.

Gua Sha body massage

HOW CAN GUA SHA HELP ME HEAL?

Gua Sha works to repair and service the fascia or connective tissue in the body, which lends to improve and support circulation. This is the perfect treatment for those who are experiencing muscle spasms or muscle soreness, as it can relieve tightness in overworked areas of the body. If you are experiencing sharp pains, stiffness or decreased strength from accumulation of scar tissue or live with physical ailments - Gua Sha can help! Studies have shown Gua Sha lends to reduce inflammation, in many cases to be more effective that heat therapy and aids with:

  • Frozen shoulder
  • Myofascial pain
  • Headaches
  • Chronic tendonitis
  • Tension from poor posture
  • Perimenopausal symptoms
  • Sprained ligaments

WHAT ARE THE INTERNAL BENEFITS OF GUA SHA?

Not only is this technique great for physical ailments, but also promotes health of your internal organs and systems. Gua Sha can aid with abnormal conditions formed by blockage of toxins in the digestive tract and lymphatic system. Treatments can contribute to improving the immune system, and preventing or relieving afflictions such as; common cold, flu, and bronchitis. 

Gua Sha treatments help to support microbiomes in the gut, lending to a more complete digestion of nutrients and balance of hormones. 

Be cautious and consult your doctor about receiving a Gua Sha treatment if you:

  • Take blood thinners / experience any clotting disorders
  • Received surgery or botox in the last 6 weeks or less
  • Issues with circulation or diabetes
Gua Sha face massage with rose quartz stone

HOW DOES GUA SHA LEND TO SUPPORT PHYSICAL APPEARANCE?

Are you interested in exploring the surface or external benefits of this technique, it has much to offer! Are you on a weight loss journey or looking to reduce cellulite? Over time, using Gua Sha can help to break up bands of connective tissue under the skin to help reduce the appearance of cellulite. 

If you are focused on preventative care for aging or even addressing fine lines and wrinkles, evidence has shown to have a dramatic effect on the appearance of such after receiving treatments. Gua Sha can help to reduce puffiness and increase circulation for an overall improved youthful appearance. 

CAN I PRACTICE GUA SHA AT HOME?

We recommend seeing a professional before attempting these DIY techniques, however Gua Sha can be done anywhere! In addition to the in clinic treatments, there are many ways for you to practice Gua Sha in the comfort of your own home. Purchase one of the many Gua Sha stones or tools online, research some at home ‘how to’ videos and get started! Here are a few at home techniques we recommend:

  • Lymphatic Gua Sha
  • Body Brushing
  • Facial Definition
Gua Sha face massage with rose quartz stone

BOOK YOUR GUA SHA SERVICE TODAY AT HAWAII NATURAL THERAPY!
Gua Sha has been proven for centuries to support the health of the body from internal balance to the external beauty benefits. Popularity has grown and Gua Sha has been widespread across the internet in more recent years, encouraging at home techniques; BUT we highly encourage you to see a trained professional to begin your journey. At Hawaii Natural Therapy we are your Gua Sha specialists, visit one of our talented therapists f or your service. Book online for a single or couples massage! Call us today to ask us for more information (808) 200-4611.

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