White Jade Guasha Tool
How to perform gua sha
Gua sha is applied primarily on the back, neck, shoulders, buttocks and limbs. A thickish oil is spread over the area to be rubbed. The instrument is held comfortably in the hand and the practitioner usually makes 10 to 30 strokes in a downward direction away from the head. A simple measure to be certain the force used is correct is to ask the person receiving if they are comfortable with the pressure. For best results, gua sha is emphasised on both local and distal acupuncture points determined by diagnosis.
Method of practice
If you are right handed then hold the gua sha instrument in your right hand. Your arm should be comfortable and relaxed.
- Your instrument should be held at a 45-degree angle to the area you wish to treat.
- Begin with soft scraping for the first few strokes, then apply a little more pressure if required. From this point, do not get heavier with your scraping. Remain consistent, applying a suitable strength and rhythm.
- Try to perform long (15–18 cm or about 6–7 inches) uninterrupted strokes where possible.
- Scrape in the same direction, ie. downwards – do not scrape downwards and draw back upwards.
- Each stroke should be performed between 10 and 30 times before proceeding to the next area.
- Once an area is completed, cover it up immediately with a towel to keep warm.
Note: Be extra careful not to scrape over any mole, pimple or irregular skin area. To protect a mole, place your finger over it to guard against contact. Open windows, drafts, fans and air conditioning are not recommended during treatment to avoid pathogenic wind entering the open skin pores.
After gua sha
- Allow the receiver to rest for a while and give him or her a glass of warm water.
- Instruct the receiver not to shower or bathe within one hour after treatment. A cold water shower or bath should be avoided for at least 24 hours.
- Inform the receiver it is important to keep all treatment areas covered up and warm. They should also be sure to keep away from windy conditions including fans and air-conditioning.
Cautions and contraindications
Take care to avoid pimples, moles and other skin irregularities that may be scratched or broken if an instrument is rubbed over it. Care must also be taken to rub the area with appropriate pressure. The first rule of any therapeutic procedure is DO NO HARM.
Do not apply gua sha:
- To people who are too weak to tolerate the treatment.
- To people with bleeding disorders.
- To people who are taking anti-coagulant medication, eg. warfarin.
- During pregnancy.
- Soon after surgery.
- Over varicose veins, skin disease or open wounds, scratches etc.
- To a person suffering from a serious communicable disease.
- Within one hour before or after eating.
Item dimensions: 7.5 cm (3") x 6 cm (2.5")
Item weight: 75 g (2.7 oz)
Shipping weight: 100 g (3.5 oz)