This technique utilizes the same principles as Tui Na massage but instead of using their hands the practitioner will use a tool.
Gua Sha focuses on scraping rather than pressing, kneading, or lifting. The tool can be something that is specifically made or other things such as animal bones, coins, and spoons can be used.
Gua Sha usually leaves behind a reddish “rash” looking pattern that is painless. The redness (which is the aim of the treatment) is an indication of the blood perfusion that stimulates regeneration of tissue and healing response from the body.
Overall, Gua Sha helps to break up areas of stagnation and stasis, relax and release sinews, and ease pain.