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Gua Sha Day

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Melbourne

 

Gua Sha Day

$250 $230

Oct 20th

Sydney

 

Gua Sha Day

$250 $230

Nov 1st

Adelaide

Gua Sha Day

$250 $230

Sep 20th

Brisbane

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Hobart

 
Gua Sha before and after examples
The effectiveness of Gua Sha treatment for chronic neck pain and restricted mobility can be easily noted from these photos taken during an HT gua sha class a few years back. The subject was overjoyed with the immediate relief. Her soreness can easily be noted in the upper line, while in the middle line her ease and movement is much improved. The lower line shows the progress of the treatment and clear indications of "sha" drawn to the surface. This heat can literally pour out of the body. The second pic shows a student feeling it radiating from the body without laying her hand on the skin.

The aim of the Gua Sha Day is getting practitioners on the right track with a thorough knowledge and practical skills-set for successful practice. We explore the methods and applications of gua sha, otherwise known as 'spooning'. By drawing a smooth edged instrument across the skin where an injury or imbalance resides, a distinctive reddening of the skin, known as "sha" can be observed. This is 'colouration' is a positive response and brings immediate and lasting benefits by reducing inflammation, coldness, tightness and pain from both the superficial and deeper levels of the body. Typically gua sha is very effective for treating all forms of injury, as well as heat syndromes, dizziness, chills and aches. In short, it has been said: "if there is illness, gua sha treats it; if there is no illness, it strengthens our bodies". Recent research has shown that gua sha treatment is also successful in treating mastitis

Gua Sha before and after examples
The effectiveness of Gua Sha treatment for chronic neck pain and restricted mobility can be easily noted from these photos taken during an HT gua sha class a few years back. The subject was overjoyed with the immediate relief. Her soreness can easily be noted in the upper line, while in the middle line her ease and movement is much improved. The lower line shows the progress of the treatment and clear indications of "sha" drawn to the surface. This heat can literally pour out of the body. The second pic shows a student feeling it radiating from the body without laying her hand on the skin.

In addition, if there is therapy that is a perfect compliment to cupping, then it is gua sha. For example, many cupping treatments are advanced by first being able to perform gua sha throughout the face, the scalp, along the occipital line and the neck (the latter being the case if cups prove difficult to administer). Gua sha can also be employed as a form of diagnosis, to find out where the energy is stuck, before cups are applied to those sites.

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Background

Bruce has studied with expert gua sha practitioners including Dr Li, the gua sha specialist at the Shanghai Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the venerable Phap Thang, who as a young boy in Vietnam was apprenticed to a wandering Buddhist monk and instructed in a rare lineage of medicine known as the Buddhist Wandering Monk Medical Tradition.

Bruce spent a weekly four hour class over twelve months with Phap Thang as his first and only student. The latter instruction included exceptional information on gua sha practices. In 2002, Bruce was also employed as a full-time researcher for the Victorian State Government (Australia) to conduct an in-depth 12 month research project and he wrote-up his results in a 180 page submission titled "Folk Medical Practices in the Vietnamese Community". Once more, further excellent and otherwise difficult to obtain information, especially on gua sha (known in the Vietnamese community as cao gio) was obtained. Read Bruce's recent essays Gua Sha: Smoothly scraping out the Sha and Gua Sha and the Buddhist Forrest Monk Medical Tradition

During his time engaged with the Vietnamese community in Melbourne, while employed by the Victorian State Government researching "Vietnamese Folk Medicine" project omit commas and project, Bruce was also invited to give a half day lecture and demonstration on "safe practice and best method for performing gua sha and cupping" at the Quang Minh Buddhist Temple in Braybrook, Melbourne. It was attended by over 300 people from the Vietnamese community.

Course structure

1 day

Gua Sha Day Class Timetable

9 - 9.30am

Introduction: an historical overview and explanation of 'sha' and how it affects the body.

9.30 - 10.00am

Discussion concerning the best tools to use for gua sha, and the appropriate methods and levels of pressure to get the best results. Discussion includes contraindications and cleaning requirements.

10.00 - 10.15am

Break

10.15 - 10.45

Demonstrations of how to apply gua sha.

10.45 - 12.30

Student practice: Treatment for the face and head to benefit headache, fatigue, heatedness including sunstroke, tiredness of the eyes, facial palsy and more.

12.30 - 1.30

Lunch

1.30 - 2.45.pm

Student practice: Gua sha throughout the neck. shoulders, arms and back to treat injury, fever, common cold, stiff neck, stress and fatigue, reduced mobility and more. The latest research and treatment for mastitis will also be presented.

2.45 - 3.00pm

Break

3.00 - 4.00pm

Student practice: performing gua sha throughout the hips and legs to benefit restless legs syndrome, hip pain and

4.00 - 5.00pm

Student practice: learning and practicing a complete body treatment, including on the abdomen, using gua sha to improve circulatory disorders, aid digestion and intestinal function, strengthen the entire, body and boost the immune system

Student Testimonial

"Learning the correct way of performing gua sha and all its various applications in practice was a revelation. Since the class with Bruce - which was great - I use it often and with great success."Barbara Stephens
Remedial massage therapist and shiatsu lecturer and practitioner

Course workbook

Sample page from the 32 page Gua Sha Day workbook

Gua Sha Day Workbook

Note: Women who are pregnant should contact Bruce.

Bruce's Gua Sha Day is a great expansion on the minimal training most acupuncturists receive. His knowledge and experience shine through, and make for a fun, practice-centred experienceSimon Murray
Registered Chinese Medicine practitioner, Tai Chi instructor, owner of Transmute Health
After completing the Health Traditions Advanced Certificate in Integrated East-West Cupping with Bruce, I attended the Gua Sha Day. I have incorporated what I learnt into my practice and have found it extremely useful - as well as enhancing my cupping and massage outcomes.Leslye Muller
Remedial massage therapist and nationally accredited track and field coach