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What is Gua sha?

Gua sha is a natural, alternative therapy that involves rubbing or scraping of the skin to improve circulation. It is an ancient Chinese technique that can be used to improve health and address chronic pain.

With the help of soft edge instruments (Gua sha tools), scrapping the skin with short or long strokes to stimulate circulation which increases blood flood to specific areas. It can be used with or without lotion depending on the indication of the treatment.

Gua sha is intended to address stagnant energy or scar tissue. Some may say that it is related to inflammation associated with chronic pain. Rubbing or scrapping the skin is thought to help break this energy to reduce inflammation and promote healing.


When is Gua sha indicated?

  • Migraine headaches
  • Stiff neck
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Lower back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Improve range of motion

Does Gua sha have side effects?

Gua sha is a safe treatment, it is expected to feel some discomfort with treatment and the treatment may change the appearance of your skin. Because it involves rubbing and scrapping with a massage tool, tiny blood vessels known as capillaries near the surface can burst. This can result in skin bruising, which usually disappears within a couple of days.

Gua Sha can be used in conjunction with your Massage Therapy session.

*Note, that clients who are on blood thinner or have clotting disorders (eg. diabetes) may not be a good candidate for Gua sha.

Steve Brepols

Steven Brepols, RMT

Steven Brepols, RMT

RMT & Gua Sha specialist

Steven graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in Halifax in 2017. He is starting his career with the Kinesis Health Associates team. He specializes in deep tissue, sports injuries, stretching, rehabilitation and newly added cupping and Guasha into his practice.

Outside of the clinic, Steven maintains an active, healthy lifestyle and is also a personal trainer. In addition, he is currently training competitively in CrossFit with the hopes of making it to the next level. With his passion for fitness, Steven enjoys sharing his experiences and knowledge with the public. He is also bilingual, offering services in English and French.

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