Why should you try a gua sha treatment? Here are all of the benefits associated with the ancient healing practice:
1. Stimulates the immune system
One of the most promising benefits of gua sha is its effect on the immune system. When this treatment is performed, the immune system is activated, allowing the body to speed up its natural healing process. In Asian culture, gua sha is often used in the case of illness to “let the sickness escape.”
2. Reduces pain
Gua sha therapy is anti-inflammatory, which can help dramatically reduce myalgia, which makes it great for treating chronic pain. Studies have also shown that it “has a therapeutic impact in inflammatory conditions, such as active chronic hepatitis, where liver inflammation indicates organ breakdown that over time can lead to premature death” (source). No matter your condition, a gua sha treatment can help soothe your muscles.
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Gua sha offers relief similar to acupuncture, but it is less invasive, making it more appealing to those not interested in needles. This makes the practice common among all ages, including children.
In addition to the wonderful therapeutic benefits gua sha offers, it can also be an effective addition to your beauty routine. A much gentler routine, a gua sha facial can help:
- Smooth fine lines and wrinkles
- Tighten skin
- Decrease puffiness under the eyes
- Plump skin to give it a youthful glow
Now that we’ve discussed the various gua sha benefits, you can discuss your treatment options with your licensed massage/acupuncture therapist to see how this ancient practice can benefit you! At Blue Creek, our practitioners take the time to understand your unique conditions and can help determine if gua sha is right for you. It can be a great addition to one of our massage or acupuncture treatments!