Gua Sha

Jennifer is a well-respected authority in Traditional Chinese Medicine and can help you experience the unique benefits of gua sha safely and with maximum efficacy. The process of gua sha can reduce inflammation and is frequently used to treat neck, shoulder and back pain including frozen shoulder. Gua sha is usually performed prior to cupping and acupuncture treatments. This allows for increased mobility, decreased pain and inflammation, as well as improving circulation.

What Is Gua Sha?

Gua sha is used in Chinese medicine to move stagnant energy or ‘Qi’ within the body, which is seen as responsible for inflammation. The process of gliding the gua sha tool over your oiled skin assists in breaking up this stagnant energy, reducing inflammation and promoting healing.

Gua sha can assist with improving overall health and radiance of the skin, and while typically used over the back, buttocks, neck, arms, and legs, the technique can also be used to alleviate facial and jaw tension. When used on the face, the procedure can promote a brighter complexion, visibly lift and contour the face, and assist in reducing facial tics.

Gua sha has been used to treat the following conditions:

  • Chronic pain
  • Joint inflammation
  • Liver inflammation
  • Migraine headaches
  • Breast engorgement
  • Neck pain
  • Facial tics
  • Perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue

What to Expect during Your Gua Sha Appointment

After completing an in-depth consultation to assess how best to treat your condition, Jennifer applies oil to the skin in the area to be treated and uses a smooth-edged instrument, known as a gua sha massage tool, to glide across the fascia and break up stagnant Qi and adhesions or scar tissue. She uses the gua sha tool to glide across the fascia with short or long strokes. The process stimulates microcirculation of the soft tissue, which increases your blood flow.

Typically, she applies the technique on a person’s back, buttocks, neck, arms, and legs. However, she does also treat patients with the gua sha facial technique. When applying the facial technique, Jennifer uses mild pressure - she gradually increases intensity to determine how much force provides the best and most effective treatment with your comfort in mind.

Jennifer uses gua sha on her patients as a completely safe and natural healing remedy. The process is designed to promote relaxation, skin and blood stimulation, and can also boost your energy flow. The end result is your skin will have a radiant glow.

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Jennifer Ryan, LAc

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