Introduction to Gua Sha / Muscle Scraping - July 26,2014
Instructor: Heather Carter, D.C.
Date: July 26, 2014
Time: 9 - 5pm
CE Hours: 8
"Gua" means to scrape and "Sha" refers to the raised rash (petechaie) that results from the scraping. Put together they can be translated to mean, "to scrape away fever or disease." The practitioner uses a scraping motion on the muscle with a special Gua Sha tool. This action creates friction which causes blood to escape from the capillaries causing the appearance of petechaie on the surface of the skin. Gua Sha is applied to areas of muscular pain and tension to help move blood stagnation and decrease muscular tension and balance out the affected area.
Read student testimonials below!
What you will learn:
- History of Gua Sha
- Definition and Theory of Gua Sha
- Palpation of areas where Gua Sha is needed
- How to apply Gua Sha
- Treatment of common areas on the body
About Your Instructor:
Dr. Heather Carter, D.C. is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic in the States of Pennsylvania and Florida. She grew up in Conshohocken, PA and after graduating from high school, went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the Pennsylvania State University. . Dr. Carter continued her education at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Port Orange, FL, one of only 18 Chiropractic Colleges in the United States. In addition to her Chiropractic Degree, Dr. Carter earned certificates in Neuro-Proprioceptive Taping technique, Graston technique, Activator Methods, and studied several other manual techniques including Gua Sha and Trigger Point therapy. Following graduation from Palmer, Dr. Carter obtained a Certification in Functional Diagnostic Medicine in an effort to better aid her patients in their nutritional needs.
After graduation, Dr. Carter completed an associateship in Orlando, FL. After two years of practicing at this location, Dr. Carter became the clinic director of the functional medicine division. In the fall of 2011, Dr. Carter decided to follow her dream of moving back to Pennsylvania and opening a practice of her own. She is currently the proud owner of Beyond Chiropractic, a private practice in Conshohocken, PA which offers exceptional affordable healthcare to patients of all ages.
Read testimonials from our past students about Gua Sha
Gua Sha has made me substantially more aware of where traumatized tissue resides in general on peoples’ bodies and has made it very easy to find particular critical areas of trauma. It is also the tool that has taken my work to the “next level”, encouraging tissues to let go after my other modalities (Orthopedic Massage, Myofascial Release Massage, Cranio-sacral work, Cross-fiber Friction, Trigger Point) have gotten me as far as they can. The result is efficient sessions, more quickly and completely satisfied clients and less strain on my body. Even my clients who do not wish to receive Gua Sha (and therefore do not receive it) have benefited from what the modality has taught me. It was a quick, cost-effective addition to my tool kit . . . . and, dare I say, my now daily Gua Sha facials have taken a few years off of my faceJ – Holly Heyser, BS, LMT – Heyser Therapy, LLC – Wayne, PA
I incorporated gua sha into my existing massage treatment and it changed everything for better! I have been a very successful massage therapist for thirty years. I had no idea that such a simple treatment existed!The tools do what my fingers can not. I have achieved such remarkable results with my clients.They now ask to be scraped.....The results from the combination of my massage and gua sha scraping lasts longerthan from just deep tissue massage and I can reach deeper and find problem areas that I could never before even feel. So now I can find all kinds of old scars, deep spasms, tissue "constipation".....and treat all the issues. Gua sha also makes massage more effective and easier.
Just a few scrapes over tight muscle relaxes the underlying tissues immediately and shortens the massage time and makes it much more effective. Plus people always feel so much relief and affect from the treatment that they now pay me much more without me asking for it....My massage practice increased not only in volume but in income as well.
Now I can not do massage treatment without Gua Sha...there is no point
Eeva Smith, LMT