This stone tool has both rounded and pointed end for acupressure, trigger point and deep tissue massage, and gua sha treatment.
Acupressure involves the application of pressure at acupoints.
A trigger point is a tight area within muscle tissue that causes pain in other parts of the body. Trigger point massage is designed to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release.
Deep tissue is a type of massage therapy that is used to treat chronic tension and injuries from overuse, such as tennis elbow and carpal tunnel syndrome. Pressure is applied strongly on problem areas.
Gua Sha involves scraping the skin with a gua sha tool (usually stone, but may be horn, bone, metal, wood or plastic) to relieve muscle and joint pain and tension, improve circulation and release stagnant energy. It is an ancient Chinese technique that now has a big following in the west. Painful spots in the body are are treated with gua sha tools, which are used in short or long strokes over the area. With the stroking stagnant blood and lymph is dissipated, promoting circulation and accelerated healing, releasing stagnant energy, and reducing inflammation (the scraping usually causes petechiae - a bruised area, but this disappears in 2-3 days).
Contraindications for gua sha:
Do not scrape over any mole, pimple, varicose veins, skin disorders, wounds or scratches.
Gua sha is not recommended during pregnancy.
Do not use gua sha on the weak or elderly whose skin may be too frail.
Do not use on people with bleeding disorders, who are taking anti-coagulant medication or who have communicable diseases.
When using on the face only use gentle pressure to avoid bruises or marks.