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Gua Sha / Blades

Gua Sha is a manual therapy that has its origins in traditional Chinese medicine. This technique uses a particular instrument to rub or scratch specific areas of the body. There is also a new Western version of Gua Sha called IASTM (instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization). This complementary technique allows the therapist to work the muscles of the body differently.

Benefits

Among other benefits, the use of Gua Sha or IASTM helps relieve pain and muscle tension. It also reduces scarring and promotes skin flexibility and joint mobility.

Proceedings

The therapist will use an instrument tailored to the region to be worked. They will apply pressure to the skin with the instrument to rub or scratch the fasciae and targeted muscles. The technique will be carried out gently to respect the client’s tolerance threshold. Gua Sha and IASTM are used as complementary techniques during massage therapy, kinesitherapy, or orthotherapy.

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Contraindications

There are contraindications to the use of Gua Sha or IASTM, for example:

  • The lumbosacral and abdominal areas in pregnant women;
  •  Varicose veins;
  • Wounds;
  • Recent scars;
  • Malignant tumors;
  • Phlebitis.
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