Seen the words Gua Sha speckled around Hong Kong without a clear idea of what’s in store? Thankfully, your best friends at BloomMe have you covered with all the information that can help make you an expert of this ancient treatment.
What is Gua Sha?
Sometimes refereed to as “scraping”, “spooning” or “coining”, Gua Sha is an alternative therapy that intends to remove stagnant energy and tension in the body. This ancient Chinese therapy helps to promote circulation of the skin and body, and through stimulation can help to ease any pains or aches in the body.
During the session, the skin is lubricated with massage oil and a trained technician will use long or short strokes along your body to stimulate microcirculation of the soft tissue which increases blood flow through motion. The instrument used is placed along the pathways of the acupuncture meridian lines, and each stroke is about 4-6 inches in length. The instrument used varies from practitioner to practitioner, sometimes a ceramic soup spoon or a worn down coin, and the blunt side of the instrument is what is being used against your skin. Sometimes when aches and pains are from heavy manual labour, a knob of ginger that has been soaked in rice-wine is used as the instrument.
The treatment tends to leave large, nasty looking bruises along the skin (similar to bruises left from cupping therapy) which will fade in a few days. It is not recommended for those recovering from surgery or those taking blood thinners.
What are the health benefits of Gua Sha?
Gua Sha is believed to be wonderful at boosting the immune system and reducing inflammation in the body. As Gua Sha is a massage therapy, the entire experience can also have a soothing effect on the mind and soul as you escape the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong into a private sanctuary.
Usually, Gua Sha is used to help ease pain and stiffness in the body (in particular the neck and back), migraines and headaches, inflammation from injuries or allergies, and even fever.
It’s believed that just one single Gua Sha therapy treatment can have a positive effect on those suffering from Hepatitis B, and in some parts of China Gua Sha is regularly used to treat Hepatitis C and other viral infections.
What will happen in my first Gua Sha session?
You’ve made your first booking on your Bloom Me app to head in for a Gua Sha session, well done and congratulations on the amazing discount you’ve earned!
A typical session will last between 10-30 minutes depending on the body part being treated. The session will begin with the practitioner poking and prodding your skin to see if there’s any “sha” or blood stagnation present. They will then apply the oils or balms and begin the scraping.
Be sure to tell your practitioner about any particular areas you want them to focus on or to avoid. Sometimes when you direct them to a certain area of pain, the practitioner will instead focus on another part of the body. This is because the treatment follows Meridian lines and through the treatment on one area, another part of your body is affected.
Remember to let your practitioner know if they are applying too much force, you want to leave your session feeling invigorated and not injured.
I want to book in right away! Where should I go?
Luckily, our amazing app allows you to filter and discover new spas that offer certain treatments. Gua Sha sessions can be filtered through either the “Body” or “Massage Category”. Be sure to apply filters to narrow down the search.
If you need inspiration on your next spa, our favourite spa can be found here:
Zen Massage – Gua Sha Therapy (20 minutes @ $288 HKD before discount)
Hong Kong’s premier Thai Massage parlour, Zen Massage offers some brilliant skills in the way of Gua Sha. Located right near Victoria Park, this intimate spa is renowned for their cosy interior and plush furniture. Decked out with traditional wooden furniture and staff that have some pretty warm smiles, Zen Massage is a haven for relaxation. Keep an eye out for some beautifully carved elephant-themed art as well!
Their Gua Sha massage lasts around 20 minutes, and is specialised to focus on healing the neck, shoulder, and back. If you find yourself suffering from the common Monday-itis headache, a swift appointment at this spa will have you seeing rainbows. If you have time after the appointment for more pampering, book in for some Foot Reflexology (45 minutes @ $198 before discount) for a head to toe treatment. In additon to your Gua Sha appointment, try out the Thai Herbal Ball Massage (90/120 minutes @ $788/$888 before discount) which we are just bananas about (for more info on exactly what Herbal Ball Massages are, checkout our handy guide here.
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Seen the words Gua Sha speckled around Hong Kong without a clear idea of what’s in store? Thankfully, your best friends at BloomMe have you covered with all the information that can help make you an expert of this ancient treatment. What is Gua Sha? Sometimes refereed to as “scraping”, “spooning” or “coining”, Gua Sha…