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Gua Sha Therapy

Swan, South of Broadway | Tucson, AZ  85711 | Office/Text: 520-327-4649



Karreen Martin, L.A.C., L.M.T., L.E., B.S., M.A.C.

Gua: Scraping   Sha: Color of skin changes


An external modality in traditional Chinese medicine that provides results from pain and discomfort. This improves the Qi flow and blood circulation, balances the yin and yang, strengthens the anti-pathogenic Qi, removes the pathogenic factors, clears heat, opens the orifices and provides overall balance.

Gua sha is mainly indicated for disorders of “Sha symptoms” such as stiff neck, constipation, cough and/or fever. Gua sha requires physical stimulation to specific body parts by blood-letting, scraping, twisting, pricking, squeezing, grasping, pinching and pulling with smooth hard tools or fingers. Gua sha therapy can and will cause red or purple spots or patches  on the body surface and is usually combined with other therapies including acupuncture. 


May be visible for two to three days. If  symptoms are not relieved, another imagetreatment should be scheduled and can be performed every three to four days.

Is Treatment Painful?

You will feel a pulling and scraping sensation, however I will work within your comfort level.

imageGua sha therapy is used to improve the Qi flow and blood circulation, balancing the yin and yang, strengthens the anti-pathogenic Qi, removes pathogenic factors, clearing heat, opening the orifices, and bringing the overall balance back to the body.

Gua sha is an excellent tool for moving stagnant Qi in body areas that hold on to fatty tissue. Body toning and sculpturing with Gua sha is a great way to address unwanted fatty deposits.

Gua sha also works wonders in skin care treatments as well as cellulite transformation.


  • Alleviates back pain
  • Alleviates shoulder pain
  • Alleviates neck pain
  • Alleviates hand and foot pain
  • Alleviates sciatica
  • Improves skin care
  • Alleviates abdominal issues
  • Alleviates PMS
  • Alleviates headaches
  • Alleviates allergies
  • Alleviates sinuses


What is fire cupping?


Cupping is a suction technique designed to pull toxin build-up and muscle spasms from the body's deeper tissue to the surface of the skin.


The cells of the body use oxygen when the energy, cell waste or carbon dioxide gets blocked. This is called acid or toxin build up. Physical pain implies a blockage in the flow of energy through a particular area or meridian. When toxins or cell waste stagnate in the muscles or joints, it can be difficult for the body to dispose of this waste causing further blockages and discomfort. Cupping techniques create a vacuum or suction, pull the blockage out of the deeper tissue and move it to the skin's surface. Once closer to the surface, it is much easier for the body to eliminate toxins through the superficial blood supply or capillary system.




  • Clears stagnation
  • Drains and moves fluids
  • Brings nourishing blood supply to the skin
  • Loosens adhesions
  • Relieves inflammation
  • Expels congestion
  • Stretches muscles and connective tissue
  • Revitalizes energy


 What is fire cupping? 

With traditional cupping, the practitioner heats the air inside a glass cup causing expansion, which is then placed on specific body locations. As the glass cup cools, the air inside contracts creating a suction that pulls on that part of the body. 



Abdominal Cupping has the ability to help aid in IBS, constipation and diarrhea.


Orthopedic Cupping is used to move, resolve, and open connective tissue and muscles that have had chronic pain and lack of flexibility.


Sports Cupping is used to draw pain and discomfort out of an area from excessive muscle usage. Cupping treatments increase muscle endurance, circulation, lung capacity, lymphatic drainage and health maintenance during strenuous activities. 


Detoxification Body Therapy is used to rid the body of cellular debris, poisons, toxins, stagnation and excess fluids from poor eating habits and environmental impurities.