Gua Sha is a procedure that moves stagnant energy, fluids and blood that have become stuck, creating pain, tightness or reduced range of motion. Grapeseed oil is applied to the skin and a stone made of jade is rubbed briskly back and forth over the affected area. As the stone moves over the skin, the practitioner is looking for Sha, which is the expression of stagnation. This presents as red, purple or pink color on the skin and shows that the energy has begun moving again.
Examples of some of the conditions that can be treated with Gua Sha include neck pain, frozen shoulder, TMJ or any issue that results in reduced range of motion.