Gua Sha

Gua sha is a natural, alternative therapy that involves scraping your skin with a massage tool to improve your circulation. This ancient Chinese healing technique may offer a unique approach to better health, addressing issues like chronic pain.

In gua sha I scrape your skin with short or long strokes to stimulate microcirculation of the soft tissue, which increases blood flow. Gua sha is intended to address stagnant energy, called chi, in the body that practitioners believe may be responsible for inflammation. Inflammation is the underlying cause of several conditions associated with chronic pain. Rubbing the skin’s surface is thought to help break up this energy, reduce inflammation, and promote healing.

Gua sha is generally performed on a person’s back, buttocks, neck, arms, and legs.

As a natural healing remedy, gua sha is safe. It’s not supposed to be painful, but the procedure may change the appearance of your skin. Because it involves rubbing or scraping skin with a massage tool, tiny blood vessels known as capillaries near the surface of your skin can burst. This can result in skin bruising and minor bleeding. Bruising usually disappears within a couple of days.

Some people also experience temporary indentation of their skin after a gua sha treatment.

Gua sha is not suitable for everybody.

People who should not have gua sha include those:

  • who have medical conditions affecting the skin or veins
  • who bleed easily
  • who take medication to thin their blood
  • who have deep vein thrombosis 
  • who have an infection, tumor, or wound that has not healed fully
  • who have an implant, such as a pacemaker or internal defibrillator

Bank massage

By this type of massage are banks  used to create a vacuum, which positively affects the skin. During the procedure the blood circulation increases, more oxygen enters the skin, lymph circulations occurs, skin breathing increases.

Contraindications to vacuum massage:

  • pregnancy
  • thrombophlebitis
  • cardiovascular diseases
  • vascular shortness
  • the presence of acute diseases
  • violation of the integrity of the skin in the area of the massage
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Moxa

Moxibustion or Moxa is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves burning an herb called Mugwort, to promote healing. Moxibustion has been used throughout Asia for thousands of years. The purpose of moxa is to stimulate the flow of qi and blood and maintain general health. Moxa warms body regions and acupuncture points along the meridians, stimulates circulations and penetrates at deeper level.

After all procedurs – bank massage, moxa or Gua sha – I advise 1-2 days to drink more water.

Bank massage, Gua Sha, Moxa
15 €30 min.
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