Gua Sha practitioner
Ashley started learning traditional gua sha techniques in 2015. She has studied various types of folk medicine since 2012 and has a Bachelors of Science in Nutrition from the University of Minnesota.
Gua Sha is a technique used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for a variety of ailments. It is also called spooning or coining. The massage is done by gliding an oiled stone tool over the skin to move fluids and release soft tissue. The act of gua sha has also been called “moving the ocean” as it “squeegees” the intracellular fluid, extracellular fluid, lymph and blood. It can be done gently to increase circulation, reduce stress in the body and provide a “balancing effect” for the emotions. For acute injuries, the onset of a cold/flu and trouble areas with chronic pain, a more aggressive application may be recommended.